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I did a tremendous amount of research and decided on this little beauty. There are a lot of cheaper smokers out there but after you replace all the parts and the smoker you will have wished you bought quality in the first place! If you are a weekend warrior like me and want to put some great food on the table with minimal effort this is the smoker for you!
Here’s what I love about this smoker…
1. You only use about a cup of wood chips and thats it!2. The thermometer makes cooking mistake free and perfect product comes out!3. No need for a water pan…the meat stays moist!4. You plug it in and walk away…come back later and it’s done like great restaurant quality food!
In fact, other than my favorite restaurants, I would match the meat that comes out of here with the majority of restaurants out there. I know it’s expensive, but this will last forever due to stainless steel body. I bit the bullet and was worried I was wasting money on an “expensive” smoker, but boy am I glad I did! I have no regrets spending the extra cash on this thing because I know it will be the last one I probably will ever buy…unless I get the smoking bug and decide to cater…then I will buy a bigger “Cookshack”. You won’t regret buying this!
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This is one impressive smoker! I got the black Smokette model 20 with the stainless top and let me tell you, it is built like a safe! Looking at the workmanship, I have no concerns about rusting or long-term durability. I’ll probably be retired by the time this thing wears out. When I first started looking at smokers, it seemed like a lot of other brands were/are poorly constructed, basically college dorm room refrigerators with heating elements slapped inside of them, lots of plastic, cheap controls, and flimsy grills. Or they were made of glorified aluminum foil or miscellaneous Chinese metal. Not acceptable to me when you have to throw down a few C-Notes to the cashier on the way out of the smoker store! I also saw a lot of reviews where people complained about underpowered heating elements and lack of temperature control. To avoid that whole mess, I got a 750W element in my Cookshack with insulated walls. The Smokette heats up with authority and holds temp amazingly well. The first night I used my smoker, the outdoor temps were in the 30’s. The Smokette will not get hot to the touch or burn the underneath side of your deck. It stays cool on the exterior during operation. It has a roomy interior, two 14″ x 18″ shelves, with lots of space to smoke a turkey or plenty of ribs. The first thing I smoked was a big Steelhead Salmon fillet. Man! Did it taste good! One thing to note and you will not find it in the manual, the controller is programmed to heat for the first 20 minutes of the cycle to get the wood smoldering, so if you accidentally turn it off when it is near your desired smoking temperature, (like I did), you wont be able to figure out why it keeps heating up. If this happens, just open the door, after 20 minutes it will control right on the money. The grease pan is just a disposable that sits freely on the ground underneath. For such a nice smoker, it would be nice if there was a built in slide out tray. Other brands I seriously considered and probably would have been happy with included the relatively new and unheard of Smokehouse Little Chief 2 and/or Big Chief 2. Both Cookshack and Smokehouse Chief 2’s are made in the USA and very well built. The others I almost purchased were the Weber Smokey Mountain, and the Smokin-it model #2. I’m really glad I bought the Cookshack, you can’t go wrong with it. Happy smok’n!
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