Review: Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker

Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker

The Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker is a cheap vertical smoker with a lot of qualities to it. It is one of the best propane smokers of this type you can get for under $200, and this review will let you know why. The problem with smokers that come at this price is that the manufacturers have to cut corners, corners which you will have to fix with some DIY. In this case however, the quality/price ratio is extremely good.

With the Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker you get four 14×14 inch racks. That’s a lot of space and these racks can be pulled out, which means you’ll have plenty of access to your meats. You also get a separate door for both the water and the chip pan, which means that you won’t lose any heat while feeding either of the two. Another great thing is that this smoker is not a propane smoker exclusively, you can use charcoal to cook in it too. So if you prefer charcoal over propane, but you still find this smoker attractive, you can go for it. As for mobility, this smoker comes with wheels on its two back wheels. It also has insulated handles, but it would probably be a bad idea to move it around while you’re cooking with it.

A feature you should look for when buying smokers in this price range is insulated doors. Sure you can insulate the doors yourself too, but why bother when you can get a smoker that comes with them already. The insulation provides a pretty good defense against leaking, with the temperature staying within 10 degrees F of the temperature you set it to. And you can go to temperatures of up to 450 degrees F if you ever want to.

The grill also comes with a thermometer which is actually pretty good, as in you won’t have to replace it, unless you are looking for a very precise temperature. The fault range of the thermometer is about 10 degrees, which in most cases is not that bad.

Finally, assembling this grill and setting it up is a very simple process with clear English instructions. Assembly takes less than an hour at a relaxed pace, and there are Spanish instructions in the manual as well.

All in all, the Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker is a very good smoker for its price. Like I’ve said, smokers below $200 tend to have a lot of faulty parts that will require extra money, time and energy on your part to fix. In this case you get what you pay for. There’re still things which you could improve, sure, like the water pan by replacing it with a bigger $1 aluminum pan, but these small adjustments are more options than necessities. It uses fuel pretty efficiently, and you can expect this smoker to last you for a good number of years.

Review: Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker

Sometimes getting into smoking is somewhat intimidating. Well, the Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker is a pretty good first step. It can be found at prices of around $200 while it’s on sale, and it comes with a lot of well built features. This does not mean that experts need to look elsewhere. It is a very solid product that will help you smoke meat easily, with little technical difficulties and at a very affordable price.

So what does the Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker have going for it. Well first of all, we all know how important insulation is when looking for smokers at this price range. This smoker shines in this department. The outside temperature does not even make the temperature inside the grill flinch. So you get nice cooks without having to worry too much about leaking and constantly changing the temperature.

Then you have the economic factor. Since it runs on electricity, you save a lot of money that would otherwise go on propane, charcoal or wood. Even the wood you’ll use for smoking is not needed in huge quantities. This means that with this grill you can smoke often, or in small batches. As for capacity, the Masterbuilt 20070910 can hold over 30 pounds of meat at a time on its four racks. Now for a $200 a pop, this grill packs a lot of punch.

It also comes with a digital thermometer on the inside. You probably know how important temperature control is when smoking, and with this little addition, all you have to do is set the temperature you want the smoker to keep, and from then on out you simply feed the machine wood and check the temperature of the meats (this time you’ll have to bring the thermometer).

As for the cons, there are some things you have to be aware of when buying the Masterbuilt 20070910. The first thing you should keep in mind is that it only goes up to 275 degrees F, which is a decent temperature for cooking most meats, but poultry might give you some problems. The other thing is that it needs to be plugged directly into an outlet, so you will need to figure out where you will put it, or place an outlet on the outside of your house. You can use an extension cord, but then you might suffer from power fluctuations and subsequently temperature fluctuations inside of your grill.

So how does all of this add up? Well, it adds up to a pretty fine piece of equipment. The main flaw you’ll find with it is that it needs to be plugged directly into an outlet. If you can find a way around that you have a very strong piece of equipment on your hands at a very affordable price, with a lot of great features and great customer support waiting to help you with any and all problems you might encounter.