Review: Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch

For the price of around $200 you can purchase the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch. It is a very large smoker that will allow you to cook meat for a really big family and some friends. Like anything though, it has both its pros and its cons. But before we get to that, firing up this smoker before actually cooking meat is a must because there is a lot of chemical residue in it when it is brand new.

So let’s get going. We’ll start off with the pros. Thanks to it being a smoker that runs on propane you will get some great temperature control. You’ll be able to just set it at the desired temperature and it will stay there for as long as you need it too. It is also a very big smoker, so capacity is another thing that it has going for it. You could easily smoke up to four whole turkeys at a time with the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker. And the grates are adjustable so you can make as an effective use of the room inside the smoker as possible.

Now, a problem that most smokers of this type have is losing temperature when the door is opened to check on the meat. With the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker the problem is at least ameliorated because once the door is closed, it gets back to the desired temperature very fast. And one more thing the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker gets right is the temperature gauge. It is very accurate, which is a big plus.

But the Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker struggles in the drip/water pan department. The pan is very small, and some users get around this with a little bit of ingenuity. So it’s not exactly the end of the world, but still, you would expect it to be up to par. Then you have the smoke pan, which has the same problem as well.

Two other concerns include the large propane consumption and the leaking door, which might be tied together actually. The door leaks smoke and heat, a problem which plagues many smokers of this type and the loss of heat automatically leads to an increase in propane consumption. This is another problem that a crafty user can get around by insulating the door themselves, which will lead to a pretty significant decrease in propane consumption.

Now for the conclusion. The Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker is a great tool for the BBQ chef. It comes at a good price, and most of its problems can be solved with ingenuity, and little to no elbow grease. If you are in the market for a good propane smoker, the Masterbuilt GS40 might be the right tool for you. It is big, it’s reliable, it has very good temperature control, it has a good price, and with a few adjustments it is almost perfect.