Review: Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker

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 20070210 30-Inch Electric Analog Smoker

The Masterbuilt 20070210 30-Inch Black Electric Analog Smoker

The Masterbuilt 20070210 30-Inch Electric Analog Smoker
The Masterbuilt 20070210 30-Inch Electric Analog Smoker

is a decent smoker, and this pretty much sums it up. It is not the best, but it is not bad. It will be there for you, not really impressing you, but never letting you down. For the price range of $150-200 it does what it is supposed to do: smoke meat for you. And you won’t get the ‘you have to fix this yourself, right after buying it’ syndrome, which is always a huge plus.

So what you get is a smoker with three racks, which provides an appropriate amount of space for your cooks and an adjustable thermostat for controlling the temperature. This is a little bit archaic if you think about it. They could have gone with digital, but it gets the job done. If you want to have a set temperature that you just place it at (let’s say 225F) you can just mark it with a sharpie on the dial so you don’t have to keep adjusting it every time you start smoking.

You also get a removable grease pan, a wood-chip tray and a water pan, all three being very nice additions. The wood-chip tray and the water pan are somewhat small, but they can be replaced. And you also get a temperature gauge in the door, so you know how the inside of the smoker is doing. But the real downside to the wood-chip tray and the water pan is that you have to open the door to fill them up, which means that you lose heat each time you’re doing it. Fortunately, the tray size works well with the size of the smoker, so you won’t have to do it often.

Now, there is nothing really that much wrong with the Masterbuilt 20070210 30-Inch Black Electric Analog Smoker but it could be better. The big advantages it has are the low price and its sturdiness. Most customers seem very happy with it, and there is no real over the top reason not to be. The trays can be replaced with bigger trays, there is no temperature leakage (or not much anyway) and the end result, the most important thing, comes out delicious.

With these being said, the price of $150 (if you can find it at a sale even better) is what justifies purchasing the Masterbuilt 20070210 30-Inch Black Electric Analog Smoker. Sure for an extra $50 you could get some extra features, like a digital thermostat, and tray that can be fed without opening the door of the smoker, but like I’ve said the end result is what matters, and the end result will be pretty much the same. In this case it’s all comes down to features. Are you willing to forego the leisure that modern technology provides, so that you have an extra 50 bucks in your pocket? That, my friend, is a question that I cannot answer for you. You must look deep down inside and figure it out for yourself.

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Review: Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch

Masterbuilt GS40 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch 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 Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller


Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller
Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller

For some next level grilling, you might want to look at the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller. Why? Because you get a real mean piece of grilling equipment. The smokehouse comes with a transportable design, so wherever you want to work, the grill will accommodate you. The smoker also comes with a big window on the door, so you can view the meat as it cooks, without having to open the door. The inside light also helps with this as well. On top of this you also get remote management, four racks to put the meat on and a chip loader on the side.

One of the really cool features of the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller is the remote control. If you are a laid back BBQ chef, who you just wants to hang out and have a drink while grilling, you can use the remote to control the temperature inside the smoker. Speaking of temperature, the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse has a temperature range of 100-275 degrees F, which you can adjust with the utmost precision.

Another interesting feature of this smoker is the windowed door, but because just looking at the meat is not enough of an indicator to tell if it is done, the Masterbuilt Smokehouse comes with a built in probe, so you can check the temperature inside the meat. And with its rubber insulation, the door will keep in the heat as much as possible.

So what are some of its downsides? Well the Smokehouse could be bigger, and some users complained about its sturdiness. In my eyes these are minor flaws, and they are vastly outweighed by the benefits. When considering whether to buy this grill, you should keep in mind that these two problems are not that big. You know what I’m talking about if you’ve read some reviews of other grills, or some of the experiences people have had with them.

You can get the Electric Smokehouse for somewhere around $300. That is a little bit steep, but still not a bad price for what it brings to the table. It is a good, overall solid piece of equipment with great accessories. The remote control especially helps, allowing you to make sure you always have an eye on how things are going, and the ability to make sure that you can make them go right if they go wrong.

Overall, the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Smoker with Window and RF Controller is worth a purchase if you are looking for something a little more fancy than your usual grill. It is a great grill that won’t give you any hassle (well, no more than the reasonable amount), while having a lot of extra features put in place to make your life easier. On the other hand, if you can live without all the nice little add-ons, you can find a smoker that is just as good from a technical standpoint for $200.