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.