Great for using charcoal or gas. smokes great and has been used in countless cookout parties with our company since 1999. got the stainless steel version and have modified the legs and other bolts so all will be stainless and last forever.almost.lol (Posted on 7/24/13)
I have had this 7-in-1 since 2003 got at Wally Mart for $79.99- Still going strong! This can easily fit 6 large whole chickens, or 4 Pork shoulders. Cast Iron burner for a lifetime of use.
Only thing wrong with mine is a broken side handle when I left it with my Brother in Law. Also needs a new coating of high-temp paint around the metal housing that hold the burner.
I would buy this again in a heartbeat!
(Posted on 7/22/13)
Bought this at Cabela's on sale and have used it now about 6 times. The first few times were a learning experience for me as I had never used a dedicated smoker before, but afeter a few tries I learned the intricacies of this smoker.
Firstly, the wood pan should not have holes in it. Smoking with woodchips is OK for your backyard grill, but real (wo)men use wood chunks and they should not catch on fire. This was fixed with some aluminum foil. Unfortunately this has teh effect of requiring more heat to get the wood smoking. I need to run at ~280-300 to get smoke using chunk. To lower the temp I'm going to have to modify the brackets that hold the burner to move it closer to the wood pan. This should be fairly easy to do, but it would be nice if these holes were factory drilled. That way, it would be suitable for both chips and chunks.
I understand that this is an entry level smoker and I was an entry lever sm oker myself. I learned a lot about smoking on this grill and think that the value for the money can't be beat. However, If you;re looking for a 12 hr smoke at 200deg, this just won't do the trick. But a pork shoulder on smoke at 300 for 4-5 hrs and finished in a 225 oven is still to die for. Time for me to upgrade to a more controlable unit, but I thouroghly enjoyed my experience with this smoker. In fact I have a chuck roast smoking in it as I type. Bottom line is: "You get what you pay for" and at $99 on sale, I never expected this to be competition worthy. But never fear, you can turn out scrumptious food with this smoker if you're on a budget. (Posted on 7/5/13)
I have this 7 to 1 smoker for close to eight years I guess now and I has been Great to work with I just love it. I would definitly buy another one if I had too, but I don't need too.The only thing I need to get is a new handle I dropped the top lid on hard concret and it broke in two. no big deal still going stong Love it. (Posted on 12/29/12)