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I went to various retail outlets to inspect Webers, Brinkman and the Masterbuilt. I ended up buying the Masterbuilt M7P. I also was not interested in refrigerator size smoker either. An 18.5 inch grill diameter suites me fine.Here’s why:1. Brinkman – Single not multi-tiered. Harder to work in lower chamber unless you’re very tall. Priced over (…)2. Weber – Way over priced, period. Only had charcoal option not duel; charcoal and/or propane. Height to low.3. Shop the inet. You can find an M7P for under (…).
I can control the heat better with propane rather than charcoal as I like a cooler smoke under 125 degrees. I bought the M7P strictly for smoking as I have a gas BBQ grill. The M7P water pan could be used as a drip bowl if you do.Kit included an aluminum pot and mesh basket, I suppose for crab/lobster boils.
Masterbuilt M7PPros:* Xlnt packaging as every square inch was utilized. Amazed how small a box the M7P arrived in. No waste. Go green.* Nice finish. Over time we’ll see if the shine holds. Wish it came in a primer (dull) black instead.* Every piece was wrapped well.* All nuts, bolts, and screws plainly labeled.* Easy to follow assembly instructions.* Smokes extremely well. I use the water pan as a heat blocker to cool the smoke down.* King salmon, beef brisket and pork butt come out lip smackin’ to die for dee-lishous.* Breaks down easily so multi-usage becomes a reality. Just lift the sections up and away. That’s it.* Handles remain cool after 5 hours of smoking. BIG thumbs up!* NO smoke leakage, it all inside the unit.
Cons:* Looking for a another burner. The flame range is medium to high. When set low it tends to choke. By this I mean you hear a whooshing/roaring sound as the flame turns from blue/green to yellow/orange. By low I mean the flame is licking the chamber bottom 8″ away, yet I cannot maintain a blue/green flame.* Have to make adjustments to the top lid air/smoke vent so it closes completely.
**Note: When installing the burn unit note the positions of the legs. One leg is at the back while two are in front. Mount the unit so the propane hose faces the correct direction – right or left – as it’s not long enough to reach around if mounted incorrectly. If U goof, it’s a simple four screw removal to remount the unit…a 2 minute job.
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I just used mine for the first time. It went together pretty easily. Today was probably the worst day for smoking and it worked quite well. Despite the weather alternating between sunny and rain/sleet with a high of 40 I was able to keep it right at 200 degrees with relatively little tweaking, especially considering this was my first time smoking. The only exception was a brief spike when it ran out of water. It was pretty gusty and I did initially have a hard time keeping it lit until I set up a little wind break. I think that was more a case of me picking a bad weather day but it may be a concern in someplace that is often windy. I was able to smoke a 5lb pork loin in 5 and half hours and it tasted great! As good as any restaurant. I highly recommend this smoker.
This is an OK unit for the price. Don’t expect a heavy duty unit.
One BIG learning –
If you turn on the propane to quickly it triggers something in the pressure regulator and it will severely limit the heat. You will not be able to get it to the right temperature.
I saw this fix online and it worked like a champ:
1. Shut off gas at propane tank2. Open the pressure regulator all the way.3. Disconnect the hose from the propane tank.4. Reconnect to propane tank – leave the pressure regulator wide open.5. SLOWLY turn on the propane tank while lighting the burner.
Once you do this you can completely adjust the flame.
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