My husband and I are beginners at smoking foods and right out of the box this unit was easy to set up and start. Note that this smoker DOES NOT include any starter bisquettes, so you'll need to purchase those separately before getting started. We used an applewood & smoked chicken leg quarters & wings as our first try. It came out beautifully and the meat was tender and packed with a ton of smokey flavor! My only concern was that this unit did seem to take a longer than expected time to cook the legs thoroughly and reach the 165 degree internally target. We cooked at 210 degrees and smoked the legs for about 4 hours with total cooking time of 6 hours. I will say though that this could have been due to us opening the door a little too often due to us wanting to make sure the unit was working properly (advancing pucks, smoking, water level, etc).
The only downside is that with some time and the burning of chips, a layer of soot accumulates on the inside of the chip tube. This causes you to have to gently stoke and push down your chips into the tube to get to the bottom and the heat element to continue to burn chips and make smoke. It appears that the wood chips stick in the tube and do not drop down to the heating element to burn because of the soot build up on the sides of the chip tube. The six hours with a full tube of chips and the amount of smoke it generates is an extreme advantage over the chip loader that comes with the Masterbuilt smoker. The stoking of the tube occasionally is a minor annoyance and this accessory is a must item for those long and slow smokes on brisket and pork shoulder. Also it seems that this cold smoker elevates the smokers inside temperature less than 20 degrees F. Cold smoking in cooler outside temps is now possible well below 100 degrees. Very little ash produced during a 24 hour smoke. Must burn hickory chips very well for me. The ash tray does not fit as well on the bottom as it could to catch all the ash. Another minor annoyance and just clean the area after the ash cools down and you are ready for the next smoke. Takes some time to get the leaks into the smoker at a minimum. I would recommend that the wing nut and bolt assembly not be used to secure the cold smoke kit to the digital smoker. If you set the units and mate them squarely as well as use your level feet on both the smoker and this kit....you will be okay. I do not plan to separate and use the smoker without this accessory item attached. It makes more thin blue smoke and also can provide cooler smoke than the standard chip loader on the smoker. This attachment should be standard item to include with your digital smoker. Recommended highly.
This is a well made cover. I've had it for over a year now and it's still holding up. I keep my grill under my patio and the side that gets sun exposure faded to gray. The color change is cosmetic and the material is still holding up.
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