A quality smoker is essential to making delicious barbecue style food with ease, but what should you be looking for in an electric smoker? The Smokin-It Model No.1 Electric Smoker is a premium-level device which demands the attention of anyone who is serious about smoked cuisine.
Over the course of this buyer’s guide, every major facet of the Smokin-It will be examined, but as way of introduction, let it be said that the Model No.1 is an excellent electric smoker that boasts a generous capacity, high quality cooking capabilities and a very sturdy, well-crafted design. Its manufacturer, Smokin-It, a Ohio based company, is rapidly building a reputation for its high quality products and excellent customer care.
Construction and Appearance
The Smokin-It Model No.1′s very sturdy wheel-mounted metal design is perhaps its most immediately striking feature. The Model No.1, and indeed all of Smokin-It’s electric smokers, are made from top quality 18 gauge stainless steel, making them easy to use, clean and transport. The smoker consists of a smoke box, two grilling racks, a drip pan and four heavy duty caster wheels- all of it made from stainless steel. The smoker is also insulated with fiberglass to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible, and it additionally features a thermostat with an LED indicator. All the parts, including the heating element and the thermostat, can be easily replaced via the manufacturer in the event that there is something wrong, or in case certain parts break down and needs to be replaced.
Internal Cooking Capacity
The Smokin-It Model #1 has a capacity to cook up to 22 pounds of meat at a time, as well as seafood, vegetables, and numerous other food items.
Technical SpecificationsThis Smokin-It Electric Smoker is powered by a 350 watt heating element that comes with an LED indicator light, and operates on 3 amps 120 volt single phase. Its aforementioned fiberglass insulation helps to ensure that the power it uses is spent on smoking your food, and is not wasted by leaking out through the smoke box. It also features a basket for wood chips to infuse your food with a smoky flavor.
The amount of wood that you use can be adjusted to suit your own personal tastes.
There is very little assembly required – all you really need to do is attach the four caster wheels to the base of the smoke box and to insert the two grilling racks, the wood basket and the drip tray. They even provide you with a sample of hickory wood, so you can start smoking straight out of the box within minutes if you wish to.
In order to keep it in premium condition, you should change the foil on the wood box after each use. A warm, damp sponge can be used to clean off the inside of the smoke box, while the 100% stainless steel grill racks and drip box are perfectly safe to be place in your dishwasher. There’s no need to try and scrub the inside of the smoke box until its gleaming however, as the build-up of creosote that comes about through use in fact helps to lock in the smoky flavor and will make your food taste even better.
The dimensions of this smoker is 15 inches wide, 19 inches deep and 20.375 inches tall, plus an additional 2.75 inches added by the caster wheels. Overall, it weighs in at 57 pounds when empty.
Being the top-rated electric smoker(it’s rated 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon), you can’t help but wonder why. The design is simple, there are no bells and whistles, but it gets the job done.. very well. Customers are raving how this model lasted them years of smoking food! It’s very well-made and quite durable (someone said it’s built like a tank!), something to be expected from an American-made product which is very hard to come by these days! It’s reasonably priced, not expensive by any means, and the customer service is excellent – customers love how easily they can contact Steve which I reckon is the owner (or the CEO) when they needed to ask him something about the product.
Some of the best features of the Smokin-It Model No.1 Electric Smoker are its ease of use and its strong cooking potential. This smoker has a very simple interface which allows you to just plug in and get going, with only a simple knob needing adjusting to control heat, and a visible LED light to show you that you food is coming along just the way you like it. It’s also very energy efficient, thanks to its extra insulation. Its simplicity and ease of use does not mean it is any less powerful however, as it can cook even large cuts of meat to impressive effect, all without breaking the bank.
At 57 pounds in weight, some may find it a little bit too bulky and heavy to be truly classed as a portable electric smoker, which make it abundantly clear why the heavy duty wheels are an absolute necessity. The door on the smoker may be difficult for some to close also, as it is what the manufacturer refers to as a ‘compression fit’, giving the smoke box an airtight seal. It is also still essentially at the lower end of the scale in terms of internal cooking capacity, so be sure to consider that its 22 pound capacity is sufficient for your requirements before making a purchase.