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Discussion in 'Other' started by Jimbos, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Jimbos

    Jimbos

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    I think I'm going to ask Santa for a Master Built smoker for Christmas, I know there's better ones but I don't want them to break the bank, my question is I want an automatic temp control of course but which is better electric or propane.

    Do the electric models hold temp very well?
     
  2. Shoeman

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    I use mine with no issues during the Winter months.
     

  3. Jimbos

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    I remember seeing you mention that you had one Ralf, that got me looking at the brand.

    I had one of those pos electric lil chefs or whatever they were called that were junk under 40 degrees which is why I'm wondering.
     
  4. Shoeman

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    Picture a dorm type fridge with a vent on top.

    I heard they up-graded the hinges, although never an issue with mine.
     
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  5. Will Williamson

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    Electric. got a new electric this summer best smoker I ever owned
     
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    It is a Master built digital wifi temp probe seals up tight used very little wood for smoking
     
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  7. bobberbill

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    I have a Smoke Hollow propane. Smokers aren't supposed to be 'set it and forget it'. It's time consuming, messy, dirty, and they need supervision. The reward equals what effort you put into it. I have a Little Chief electric smoker and it does a good job of smoking stuff. It's NOT a cooker. Smoke it and finish on the grill to temp if that's what's needed. I think most will agree that if you intend on smoking something, it's worth the time invested.
     
  8. Jimbos

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    I understand that, I've smoked food for 40 years, but something that held a little more steady temp or didn't struggle in 30° is why I asked.
     
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    y smoke hollow does a pretty good job on maintaining temp. I use a good quality Thermo-Pro temp sensor. 2 probes, one or both for the meat, or 1 for the smoker temp. I agree on the Little Chief. I made an insulated blanket when the temps were cold. The best it would do was about 125 when it was cold. I don't use it often in the cold temps. I like the Smoke Hollow..
     
  10. WALLEYE MIKE

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    I have used both electric and propane. Propane is my choice.
     
  11. Shoeman

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    I used to overthink the smoking stuff, but gave up on "perfection".

    I rarely do shoulders or briskets, which do need a day's worth of babysitting. Chickens, ribs, some Cornish hens and a few racks of walleye every now and then.

    Introduce the smoke early in the game, set it-forget it.... That's what I like about mine. No need to chase temperature, no matter ambient temp

    For ribs, I feed it twice through the tube, but not with the heavy chunks. They seem to burn after the wood dries and creates a fire.
    That's where I don't get the Bradley's that keep feeding those wafers. (Whatever is in the bonding agent)

    I do like a probe for poultry, although I have found once the skin splits, they're done.

    I know many take it to another level and swear by coal and wood. I just don't have the energy and time.
     
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    Hi Mike

    What brand do you use?
     
  13. time2kyl

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    Propane here. When it gets cold I wrap a welding blanket around it and never had an issue keeping temperature up.
     
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    Electric. Use it all season long and have never had any problems even when it's cold
     
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    I admit I like the fact that their propane models have the auto temp control and I could imagine that on a temperature drop the recovery would have to quicker than with an electric heating element.