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Smokers Buying Guide

Quickly name the smells of summer: there's freshly cut lawn, chlorinated pools -- and barbecue. That delicious barbecue aroma can fill your yard courtesy of home smokers. Create your own home barbecue extravaganza with these options.

Types of Smokers

Types of Smokers

Barbecue is big, and home barbecue is even bigger thanks to the wide range of smokers and cookbooks dedicated to this flavorful cooking method. From classic brisket and sausage to chicken and ribs, nearly every kind of meat can be smoked. And no matter your budget, you can smoke meat at home with the various home smokers on the market. What you want to cook and how you cook it depends on your personal tastes, but the types of home smokers include kamado cookers, smoker ovens, box, vertical water/bullet, horizontal offset dry, and pellet.

Kamado Cookers

Made of ceramic and resembling an elongated oval, these ceramic cookers have accessories that allow you to block the direct heat and turn them into a smoker-like outdoor appliance.

Smoker Ovens

These outdoor appliances supply heat through electricity; in addition, they offer advanced temperature controls as well as various racks to smoke different types of meat.

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Fornetto
$2,639.00 $2,199.00

Dimensions: 25.5D x 22W x 58H in.; Weighs 250 lbs.Made of durable stainless steelDual-rack top oven with stainless steel adjustabl...e racksChoose from available finishesFeatures heat-proof valves to control temp and air flowSmoker box for infusing flavor with wood chips. Build the outdoor kitchen of your dreams when you add the Fornetto Alto Wood Fired Built-In Pizza Oven & Smoker. Constructed of stainless steel and available in your choice of finishes this outdoor oven is capable of cooking pizzas roasts smoked meats and more. Some assembly is required and here are the features you should know about: An air flow control with handles that never overheat thanks to Cooltouch Phenolic finish lets you control the flow of air and smoke to change the temperature. A Halogen light inside the oven makes it easy to monitor cooking food without opening the door. A pull-out ash tray makes it easy to light your fire using charcoal or wood. Keep food warm without overcooking by using the warming drawer. It's also great for warming plates and platters until you're ready to serve or store equipment when it's not in use. With a 16.15 gallon oven capacity the stainless steel oven chamber is big enough for the holiday turkey and the adjustable shelf system gives you plenty of flexibility. Use the thermometer to accurately monitor temperatures. Air control valves are heat proof and let you control the temperature via airflow. This unique ventilation system lets smoke flow directly from the fire box to the oven chamber. Open and close the valves as needed to infuse food with flavor. Add smoking chips or aromatic woods to the smoker box to bring unique flavors to your food. About AlfrescoAlfresco believes rightfully that the grill is the beating heart of any outdoor kitchen. With 30 years experience designing and building professional restaurant equipment they set out to create a complete line of products to create an outdoor kitchen that runs seamlessly and hotter than ever. Focusing everything around their unique top-of-the-line grills Alfresco exclusively builds their products from 304 stainless steel welding and polishing every seams as opposed to using unstable mechanical fasteners. When they'd perfected the drop-in grill head they built an entire line of drawers cabinets refrigerators bartending stations and award-winning side burners to complement their fiery centerpieces. It all works together even better than you ever imagined. Color: Red/Ecru. read more

Fornetto
$2,699.00 $2,249.00

Dimensions: 25.5D x 22W x 75.5H in.; Weighs 300 lbs.. Made of durable stainless steel. Dual-rack top oven with stainless steel adj...ustable racks. Choose from available finishes. Features heat-proof valves to control temp and air flow. Smoker box for infusing flavor with wood chips. Cook up something wonderful outdoors with the Fornetto Alto Wood Fired Pizza Oven & Smoker. Constructed of stainless steel and available in your choice of finishes, this outdoor oven is capable of cooking pizzas, roasts, smoked meats and more. Some assembly is required and here are the features you should know about:An air flow control with handles that never overheat thanks to Cooltouch Phenolic finish lets you control the flow of air and smoke to change the temperature.A Halogen light inside the oven makes it easy to monitor cooking food without opening the door.A pull-out ash tray makes it easy to light your fire using charcoal or wood.Keep food warm without overcooking by using the warming drawer. It's also great for warming plates and platters until you're ready to serve, or store equipment when it's not in use.Firewood and combustibles stay clean and dry the handy fuel storage cupboard.With a 16.15 gallon oven capacity, the stainless steel oven chamber is big enough for the family roast and the adjustable shelf system gives you plenty of flexibility.A pull out side shelf is the perfect spot for condiments or grilling tools.Use the thermometer to accurately monitor temperatures.Air control valves are heat proof and let you control the temperature via airflow. This unique ventilation system lets smoke flow directly from the fire box to the oven chamber. Open and close the valves as needed to infuse food with flavor.Add smoking chips or aromatic woods to the smoker box to bring unique flavors to your food.About AlfrescoAlfresco believes, rightfully, that the grill is the beating heart of any outdoor kitchen. With 30 years experience designing and building professional restaurant equipment, they set out to create a complete line of products to create an outdoor kitchen that runs seamlessly and hotter than ever. Focusing everything around their unique top-of-the-line grills, Alfresco exclusively builds their products from 304 stainless steel, welding and polishing every seams as opposed to using unstable mechanical fasteners. When they'd perfected the drop-in grill head, they built an entire line of drawers, cabinets, refrigerators, bartending stations, and award-winning side burners to complement their fiery centerpieces. It all works together, even better than you ever imagined. Color: Black. read more

Fornetto
$2,699.00 $2,249.00

Dimensions: 25.5D x 22W x 75.5H in.; Weighs 300 lbs.. Made of durable stainless steel. Dual-rack top oven with stainless steel adj...ustable racks. Choose from available finishes. Features heat-proof valves to control temp and air flow. Smoker box for infusing flavor with wood chips. Cook up something wonderful outdoors with the Fornetto Alto Wood Fired Pizza Oven & Smoker. Constructed of stainless steel and available in your choice of finishes, this outdoor oven is capable of cooking pizzas, roasts, smoked meats and more. Some assembly is required and here are the features you should know about:An air flow control with handles that never overheat thanks to Cooltouch Phenolic finish lets you control the flow of air and smoke to change the temperature.A Halogen light inside the oven makes it easy to monitor cooking food without opening the door.A pull-out ash tray makes it easy to light your fire using charcoal or wood.Keep food warm without overcooking by using the warming drawer. It's also great for warming plates and platters until you're ready to serve, or store equipment when it's not in use.Firewood and combustibles stay clean and dry the handy fuel storage cupboard.With a 16.15 gallon oven capacity, the stainless steel oven chamber is big enough for the family roast and the adjustable shelf system gives you plenty of flexibility.A pull out side shelf is the perfect spot for condiments or grilling tools.Use the thermometer to accurately monitor temperatures.Air control valves are heat proof and let you control the temperature via airflow. This unique ventilation system lets smoke flow directly from the fire box to the oven chamber. Open and close the valves as needed to infuse food with flavor.Add smoking chips or aromatic woods to the smoker box to bring unique flavors to your food.About AlfrescoAlfresco believes, rightfully, that the grill is the beating heart of any outdoor kitchen. With 30 years experience designing and building professional restaurant equipment, they set out to create a complete line of products to create an outdoor kitchen that runs seamlessly and hotter than ever. Focusing everything around their unique top-of-the-line grills, Alfresco exclusively builds their products from 304 stainless steel, welding and polishing every seams as opposed to using unstable mechanical fasteners. When they'd perfected the drop-in grill head, they built an entire line of drawers, cabinets, refrigerators, bartending stations, and award-winning side burners to complement their fiery centerpieces. It all works together, even better than you ever imagined. Color: Red/Black. read more

Fornetto
$2,699.00 $2,249.00

Dimensions: 25.5D x 22W x 75.5H in.; Weighs 300 lbs.. Made of durable stainless steel. Dual-rack top oven with stainless steel adj...ustable racks. Choose from available finishes. Features heat-proof valves to control temp and air flow. Smoker box for infusing flavor with wood chips. Cook up something wonderful outdoors with the Fornetto Alto Wood Fired Pizza Oven & Smoker. Constructed of stainless steel and available in your choice of finishes, this outdoor oven is capable of cooking pizzas, roasts, smoked meats and more. Some assembly is required and here are the features you should know about:An air flow control with handles that never overheat thanks to Cooltouch Phenolic finish lets you control the flow of air and smoke to change the temperature.A Halogen light inside the oven makes it easy to monitor cooking food without opening the door.A pull-out ash tray makes it easy to light your fire using charcoal or wood.Keep food warm without overcooking by using the warming drawer. It's also great for warming plates and platters until you're ready to serve, or store equipment when it's not in use.Firewood and combustibles stay clean and dry the handy fuel storage cupboard.With a 16.15 gallon oven capacity, the stainless steel oven chamber is big enough for the family roast and the adjustable shelf system gives you plenty of flexibility.A pull out side shelf is the perfect spot for condiments or grilling tools.Use the thermometer to accurately monitor temperatures.Air control valves are heat proof and let you control the temperature via airflow. This unique ventilation system lets smoke flow directly from the fire box to the oven chamber. Open and close the valves as needed to infuse food with flavor.Add smoking chips or aromatic woods to the smoker box to bring unique flavors to your food.About AlfrescoAlfresco believes, rightfully, that the grill is the beating heart of any outdoor kitchen. With 30 years experience designing and building professional restaurant equipment, they set out to create a complete line of products to create an outdoor kitchen that runs seamlessly and hotter than ever. Focusing everything around their unique top-of-the-line grills, Alfresco exclusively builds their products from 304 stainless steel, welding and polishing every seams as opposed to using unstable mechanical fasteners. When they'd perfected the drop-in grill head, they built an entire line of drawers, cabinets, refrigerators, bartending stations, and award-winning side burners to complement their fiery centerpieces. It all works together, even better than you ever imagined. Color: Red. read more

Box

Box smokers are tall; at the bottom of the smoker is the fuel or heat source. Above it, meat is placed to be smoked. These have bigger capacity but need to be well insulated to maintain and conduct heat.

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Weber
$29.99 $22.75

About Weber Grills Weber-Stephen Products Co., headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the premier manufacturer of charcoal and gas gr...ills, grilling accessories, and other outdoor room products. A family-owned business for more than 50 years, Weber has... read more

Scandicrafts
$12.99

9" x 3.5" Nonstick. Place soaked wood chips in smoker box to add flavor to barbecued food. 8 bottom holes. .

Weber
$21.99

Placed on top of your gas grill grates, the Weber Stainless Steel Smoker box is an efficient and convenient way to capture the uni...que flavors of smoke when used with most Weber grills. This Smoker Box has a hinged lid with large lifting tab to allow... read more

Vertical Water/Bullet

This smoker has a water pan located above a heat source; it creates steam that heats and adds moisture to the meat at the same time. Cooking times typically are longer than with some other types of smokers, and temperature may be trickier to control.

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Kingsford
$159.99

The Kingsford Sierra Charcoal Smoker features a smokestack to circulate air for even cooking and blow-mold wheels for portability.... read more

Horizontal Offset Dry

These smokers have a firebox placed to one side; in the main portion of the smoker is the cooking area. There is also a vent in the cooking section.

Pellet

This smoker gathers pellets, which are made from wood, into a box to provide heat. These can be used as both grills and as smokers, and they have additional controls for temperature and cooking.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

A well-considered smoker is great to have when hosting gatherings and special events as well as preparing everyday dinners and spending afternoons on the deck. But before you buy, ask yourself: What do you cook? How do you cook? Do you spend long afternoons tending meat while hosting family and friends, or do you enjoy throwing on dishes and having them finished quickly? All those questions will influence your smoker purchase. Consider fuel source, size/capacity, cost, and location. Here's how to get started.

Fuel Source

Home smokers are generally fueled by charcoal, wood, or pellets, along with the addition of water in some cases. The difference in cooking is generally based on length of time, flavor, and personal preference.

Size/Capacity

If you are new to barbecuing, a smoker with a smaller size/capacity may be appropriate as a way for you to gain experience. But if you have lots of experience and want to broaden your range, a bigger smoker may be a good fit.

Cost

Like everything related to outdoors, smokers vary widely in cost. Part of that is based on size and materials, but it's also due to bells and whistles and amenities.

Location

If your smoker is small or standard-size, then location may not be a big factor. But for larger smokers, you'll need to find a suitable spot that's away from traffic patterns in your yard.

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Dyna-Glo
$349.00 $280.28

This easy-to-use, LP gas vertical smoker, is the perfect solution for year-round backyard cooking. It all starts with a push butto...n, electronic ignition that emits a rapid pulse for quick and easy lighting. The dual cast iron burners provide 20,000... read more

Luhr Jensen
$129.99 $122.99

LHJN1006 Features Includes free recipe booklet and complete instructions Includes free 1.75 lbs bag of Hickory Chips 'n Chunks Str...ictly outdoor use Easy to use Vented for proper dehydration Power: 110 Volts Internal Heater Wattage: 250 Watts Finish:... read more

Char-Broil
$709.65 $318.19

The Simple Smoker with SmartChef features Char-Broils SmartChef Technology- an internet connected technology, syncing with any com...patible smart device to enhance your outdoor cooking experience. SmartChef Technology enables you to consistently create... read more

Meco Sizzler
$194.00 $189.04

Delicious, water vapor-smoked meals are extremely easy to cook with the Meco Electric Water Smoker. It plugs into any standard hou...sehold outlet, and keeps a constant temperature while cooking with a 1500-watt heating element. The porcelainized steel... read more

Char-Broil
$306.68 $169.88

Turn your backyard into the neighborhood's favorite BBQ restaurant with the Char-Broil Vertical Gas Smoker. It is a clean-burning,... versatile and durable cooking powerhouse. With its three large cooking surfaces, you can simultaneously prepare... read more

King Kooker
$257.91 $199.99

Nothing even comes close to the flavors of foods smoked outdoors in the King Kooker Heavy Duty Low Pressure Propane Smoker. Great ...for camping and tailgating! Beef, chicken, pork and fish all smoke to perfection in the smoker's large 30-inch cabinet.... read more

King Kooker
$317.86 $201.99

Nothing even comes close to the flavors of foods smoked outdoors in the King Kooker Smoker. Wonderful for camping and tailgating! ...Beef, chicken, pork and fish all smoke to perfection in the smoker's large 34" cabinet. Tight fitting door and locking... read more

Meco Sizzler
$73.30 $63.92

Delicious smoked meals are easy to cook with the Meco Charcoal & Water Smoker with 2 Levels Of Cooking. This powerful outdoor ...cooking makes it easy to create mouth-watering ribs, steaks, chicken, chops, fish, vegetables and more right in your own... read more

Smokehouse Products
$321.90 $285.15

Smokehouse Gas Smoker/Cooker (Outdoor) Features: - CSA compliant - Rotary Ignitor starts unit instantly - 14,500 BTU brass burner ...- Magnetic door closure - Constructed of sturdy electro-coated steel - At about 40 lbs., it is easy to move with... read more

Landmann USA
$249.99 $228.68

Primary cooking size of 698 square inches 3 adjustable chrome-plated cooking grates Porcelain-coated water pan and smoker box 13,5...00 BTU heat output - uses standard LP tank Total dimensions: 18L x 21D x 43.25H inches Yes, you can use the power and... read more

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