Smokers & Smoker Grills — October 7, 2015 at 11:02 am

Best Offset Smoker

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Best Offset Smoker

An offset smoker can be defined as a two part smoker unit which comes with one main smoking chamber and a firebox with an adjustable vent for providing the required amount of heat and smoke.  There is a small opening between the smoking chamber and firebox through which heat and smoke created in the firebox enters the cooking chamber.  Majority of offset smokers available on the market come at around 150 dollars and can go beyond one thousand dollars depending upon the features provided.

While opting for any of the offset smokers, you must make sure that there should be no leakage from the doors of the cooking chamber and the firebox itself.  The other thing which should be kept in mind is that the smoker you are opting for must be engineered well enough to maintain the required heat and smoke levels.  In this article we will go through some of the most popular offset smokers to help you find the best one.

Char-Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Grill

This charcoal offset smoker comes with total rack area of 430 square inches with 290 square inch cooking surface in smoke chamber and 140 square inch space in firebox chamber for grilling and barbequing.  You can smoke or offset heat up to nine burger patties in the smoke chamber and four patties in the firebox.  Both smoke chamber and firebox come fitted with black porcelain coated cooking grates for ease of cooking.

The multiple air dampers allow easy control of smoke and heat. The body of this smoker is manufactured using steel for durability.   It is designed with four sturdy legs for support with two casters on the sides for ease of portability.  Char-Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Grill is currently available for around $60.00

Pros:

  • Dual cooking chambers.
  • Chrome plated handles for safety.
  • Built-in temperature gauge.
  • Affordable price.

Cons:

  • The paint comes off very easily from the body which makes it prone to rust.
  • The instruction manual is kind of tricky to understand.
  • The coal grate and smoke chamber tend to warp due to high heat.

Summary

Char-Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Grill is a great option for a beginner as it allows its users to indulge in classic indirect smoke cooking style.  This model is one of the cheapest models currently available on the market.

Landmann 591320 Smoky Mountain Bravo Premium Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker Box

This charcoal offset smoker comes fitted with two adjustable charcoal pans that can be moved up and down to attain the required heat levels in the cooking chamber.  The heavy duty porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates come with good heat conductivity to provide searing temperatures while grilling.  The chrome plated warming rack provides additional space for cooking thus providing a total cooking space of 808 square inches.

Two air adapters and a chimney control the heat and smoke. The separate smoker box with side door for refilling the charcoal makes it quite easy to smoke different cuts of meat.  The body of this smoker is manufactured using high quality steel for durability.   It is designed with four sturdy legs fitted with four caster wheels for ease of portability.  Landmann 591320 Smoky Mountain Bravo Premium Charcoal Grill is currently available for about $350.00.

Pros:

  • Separate grill and smoke chamber.
  • Built-in temperature gauge.
  • Large removable ash tray for ease of cleaning.
  • Large side table and built-in cabinet for increased storage area.

Cons:

  • The paint comes off very easily from the body.
  • Big and heavy to move.
  • The grilling grate tends to get too hot while in use.
  • Smoking chamber leaks smoke while smoking process is on.

Summary

Landmann 591320 Smoky Mountain Bravo Premium Charcoal Grill is designed as a smoker as well as an outdoor grill using high quality US steel thus making it quite durable.  This smoker can be used for direct as well as indirect heat cooking which makes it quite versatile.

Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 Square Inch Charcoal Grill with Side Fire Box

Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 smoker is manufactured using heavy duty steel and powder coated to make it rustproof and durable.  It comes with a huge grilling area of 830 square inches and separate smoke box with an area of 250 square inches.  The cast iron grates provided in the grilling section provide the heat required for barbecuing and grilling. The adjustable ash pan allows effortless control of the heat and makes it quite easy to clean up.

The slide out charcoal drawers allow refilling without fussing with the grill.  This smoking unit is designed with four sturdy legs fitted and two wheels on one side to move it around more easily.  The three shelves provided on the front, side and between legs provide ample space for storage of grilling or smoking accessories.   Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 is currently available for around $190.00.

Pros:

  • Separate grill and smoke chamber.
  • Removable charcoal drawer for refilling and to dump ashes.
  • Nonstick cast iron cooking grates.
  • Two side shelves and a lower shelf for increased storage area.

Cons:

  • The paint comes off easily from the body.
  • The lid of the grill and smoking unit is not airtight.
  • The grilling grate tends to bend as the metal used is too thin and soft to withstand high temperatures.
  • Not able to reach temperature beyond 350°

Summary

Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 is designed to provide aesthetic appeal along with the ability to provide dual functions for grilling and smoking.  It’s simple, yet impressive design, makes it compatible in any backyard or patio.

Conclusion

After going through all the features associated with the three offset smokers discussed above, Landmann 591320 Smoky Mountain Bravo Premium Charcoal Grill is the best option as it comes with two adjustable charcoal pans that can be moved up and down to attain the required heat levels in the cooking chamber.  The chrome plated warming rack provides additional space for cooking, thus providing a total cooking space of 808 square inches.

The second best option is Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro 830 Square Inch Charcoal Grill due to its huge grilling area of 830 square inches and separate smoke box with an area of 250 square inches. If you are looking for an offset smoker and griller below one hundred dollars, then Char-Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Grill is the best option for you.

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