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This is a great 'first timer' smoker for those venturing out into the ...
8 September 2017
This is a great 'first timer' smoker for those venturing out into the world of BBQ and smoking.
I first saw this product on sale in Homebase but they only had the display model left. After checking online, I saw it was cheaper on Amazon and ordered it here.
The construction of the BBQ is fairly solid. It's a lot more robust than some of the other offset smokers I've seen (such as the Landmann offset smoker at a similar price - although the design looks very similar).
It does require to people to assemble as it's a little bit awkward to build, but with a friend, mine was fully assembled in 45 mins.
There's a handy shelf on the front and despite the smokers weight, it's quite easy to manoeuvre around with the side handle.
The smoking/cooking chamber itself is a good size. There was plenty of width/length space for a water pan, a large joint of meat and still space left!
If you are planning on smoking huge joints of meat (we did a 5kg pork shoulder), it may be worth removing the warming shelf in the smoking chamber - it was about 2cm too low and was pushing on our pork!
Quality wise, it's ok - whilst it's heavy and the build feels solid, after a couple of uses, I have noticed some of the paint peeling or bubbling on the bottom of the firebox (so I gave it a quick coat of oil which should help keep it rust free once it has been 'baked' on when cooking). However, for £75, if it lasts three years (which it will do easily), it's a bargain. I think next summer I will give it a top up coat on the exterior of high temperature paint.
You may see a beige coloured Tepro cover in the "Bought with this item" section on Amazon - I recommend you buy it! One brief stint of rain and the small hinges on top of the firebox were showing small spots of orange rust (I cleaned and oiled it and it's fine now).
A few tips for those who have bought (or are planning to buy this smoker):
- do not expect to build and begin instantly. Once your smoker is assembled, you will need to season it for around 3 hours by coating the inside with cooking oil and then getting some lumpwood/briquettes going in the firebox (the temperature and full instructions for seasoning are included with this smoker). This will help increase the life of your smoker.
- If you are struggling to get the temperature up for a slightly faster/hotter cook, leave the door on the side of the firebox ajar about 1cm (be careful to ensure your charcoal is not resting against it and doesn't fall out).
- get a digital thermometer. My first experience smoking a pork shoulder, my friend brought around his digital probe thermometer (Therm-Pro TP20 - amazing, I think it's my next purchase) and mounted one probe to the inside of the smoking chamber next to the meat joint and one inside the pork shoulder. The chamber thermometer was reading very different to the lid thermometer in the smoker, which shows temperature inside the chamber varies.
Overall, a great buy and at this price, you really can't go wrong!