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.

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.