Best Propane Smoker For Beginners (2022) in Detail

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Here I have explained about Best Propane Smoker For Beginners in detail.

I have chosen four propane smokers and classified them appropriately here.

Also I have covered some queries about Propane Smoker.

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Best Propane Smoker For Beginners

#1 Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical (Best Overall)

Features & Specs

  • Brand: Cuisinart
  • Power Source: Propane
  • Color: Black
  • Outer Material: Stainless,Stainless Steel,Steel
  • Inner Material: Stainless_steel
  • Item Weight: 69.5 Pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 18.1 x 38.6 inches

The Bad

Leakage issue
The unit is not sealed well. To avoid leakage you have to apply a high-temp gasket.

Wood pellets burn faster at higher temps, so checking the pellet hopper is a must.

The Good

Easy to use
This smoker is easy to use and easy to set temperature.

Simple to assemble
This Cuisinart smoker is incredibly easy to assemble since it comes with clear manual directions.

Included
This smoker includes a digital display, which shows accurate temperature, grease pan, a porcelain enameled steel tray to hold water and wood chips and a 40-inch hose and regulator to attach the propane tank. Also includes a recipe book.

Cooking space
This large Cuisinart smoker comes with four stainless steel racks & 784 square” of cooking surface. Racks can be removed. You can cook chicken breasts, mushrooms, large cuts of meat, vegetables etc. 

Temperature
Heat control is good. Low setting keeps about 250F.

Its temperature control knob works properly, and the temperature indicator is really accurate.

With vents on the back, you can adjust the temp to allow heat to flow throughout the unit.

You should add water with a pan to reduce your inside temperature so that your food will not dry.

Built quality
Its outer and inner material is stainless steel so it is sturdy enough. The smoking box is also made of sturdy metal.

Portable
You can smoke with it anywhere. It is perfect for outdoor activities. It has two sturdy side handles that allow you to transport.

One thing I love most about this smoker is that there is no direct contact between the flame and the wood chips.

This allows the chips to burn and smoke gently at a uniform temperature.

What do I love the most?

This unit is amazing, anybody can use this smoker. Cooking is pretty simple. The price is also reasonable and instructions are very clear.

Quick Info

Pros

  • Produce nice smokey taste. 
  • Included water and wood tray 
  • Good for outdoor cooking
  • easy to maintain a constant temperature 
  • Removable rack
  • The handles remain cool while cooking.
  • Burner lights easily.

Cons

  •  Door handles could be better.

Tips: If smoke is needed for a long time, then spread the wood chips all around inside the entire tray.

#2 Dyna-Glo 36″(Best Budget)

Features & Specs

  • Brand: Dyna-Glo
  • Power Source: Propane
  • Color: Black powder coat
  • Outer Material: Steel,Iron
  • Inner Material: Stainless_steel
  • Item Weight: 54 Pounds
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 27 x 19.2 x 46.46 inches

The Bad

No water pan
This Dyna-Glo propane smoker doesn’t come with a water pan, which is desperately needed to control the temperature.

Smoker seal need
Smoke comes out from the smoker’s gap. So you have to apply some self stick gasket or silicone.

We have to put in more wood chips rapidly.
This smoker needs it filled very rapidly. Before two hours, you might need to add chips.

The Good

Cooking space
The Dyna-Glo smoker comes with a total of 784-square-inch cooking space. It has 4 adjustable steel wire racks that provide enough room to cook different meals evenly.


Double Door Design
You can work more easily because of the double-door design. You can control the temperature and cook simultaneously with its upper and lower door.

Wonderful Features
This smoker features movable air dampers on the top and sides to adjust the temperature.

With this smoker, a visible temperature gauge is included.

Apart from this, more features are included in these such as a 15,000 btu cast iron burner with an electronic push button ignition and porcelain enameled steel wood chip box with handles.

Fairly easy to assemble.  Instructions are easy to follow.

Big capacity
It has a large capacity with movable 4 steel wire racks and hangers where you can smoke ribs, sausage, chicken, pork and brisket, potatoes and other items.

It’s the ideal size for a full-size meal and big enough to feed multiple people.

Solid construction
This propane smoker’s exterior is made of steel and iron and the inner part is made of stainless steel.

Portable
It is so small that you can take it anywhere.

Temperature
This smoker keeps the temperature very well when you’ll have to do little things like stop the leak through the gasket and use a water pan.

What do I love the most?

This is a nice cheap entry level smoker with a small modification which makes this a great budget smoker.

Quick Info

Pros

  • Big cooking capacity
  • Lower price moveable
  • Double door

Cons 

  • Need to modify.
  • Wood chips finish quickly.

Tips: 

  • Use foil to block air coming into the grease trap hole.
  • You can buy a digital thermometer for better observation.

#3 Masterbuilt MB20051316 (Best Safe Propane Smoker)

Features & Specs

  • Brand: Masterbuilt
  • Power Source: Propane
  • Color: Black
  • Outer Material: Stainless Steel
  • Item Weight: 92 Pounds
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 22.8 x 28.7 x 53 inches
  • Inner Material: Stainless_steel

The Bad

Little hard to assemble
This smoker takes about an hour and a half to assemble.

No temperature gauge
This Masterbuilt propane smoker doesn’t come with a temperature gauge. So you have to purchase separately.

Vent doesn’t close completely
The air vent on the back could be better.
You can cover it with tin foil.

The Good

Built quality
It is made of stainless steel material. It is sturdy and lasts longer.

Cooking capacity
This propane smoker has four chrome-coated smoking racks which provides enough space. It has a total 961 square inches of cooking space.
Manufacturer claims that this smoker can hold up to 16 chickens, 6 turkeys, 8 racks of ribs, or 8 pork butts.

Awesome feature
This Masterbuilt propane smoker comes with Thermostat Control feature.
It has a protector over the burner to keep it away from grease.

Cleaning
The removable drip pan is easy to clean. It’s bad to have a brown window in front of it if you don’t clean regularly, so cleaning your smoker after cooking is essential.

Temperature adjustment
This smoker’s built-in thermostatic control performs well. You can maintain the temperature with any thermometer.

Also it can hold the temperature very well with the help of water, check it every hour and fill the pan with water.

Water provides moisture and regulates the temperature while cooking..

What do I love the most?

It has a special feature that when the flame is extinguished due to any reason, the safety valve shuts off the burner.

Another cool thing about this smoker is that it comes with 961 square inches of cooking space.

Quick Info

Pros

  • Huge cooking capacity
  • Thermostat setting
  • Easy to clean

Cons 

  • Difficult to assemble

#4 PIT BOSS Vertical Lp Gas(Best Cooking Space)

Features & Specs

  • Brand: PIT BOSS
  • Model Name: 77435
  • Color: Red
  • Outer Material: Stainless Steel
  • Item Weight: 52 Pounds
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 21.5 x 23 x 47 inches

The Bad

The given gauge sometimes does not work properly.
Sometimes the attached thermometer doesn’t work properly so it’s better to buy a temp gauge for accurate temps.

I suggest you buy a digital remote meat thermometer.

Wood chips tray could be better
Trays of wood chips get hot and are difficult to get in and out of while smoking.

The Good

Built Quality
This is a very well constructed smoker. Since this smoker is made of Stainless Steel so its sturdiness shows that it will last for a long time. But you have to buy a cover. It’s a perfect size for your family smoker.

Cooking space
This Pit Boss smoker has four porcelain coated cooking grids which provides 884 sq of cooking space.

Temperature adjustment
You can adjust the temperature easily since this smoker allows you to access its wood chip drawer and grease tray.

Also this smoker comes with a dual burner which provides a 100-350 temperature range and a thermostat setting.

Moreover it has a vent to control the airflow. So there is nothing difficult in maintaining the temperature.

Awesome Design
This red color Pit Boss features a large high temp glass viewing window.

Manufacturer claims that  it is fully sealed with a high temp door seal. But I did a little modification from my side because smoke was coming out in large quantities in my smoker.


Simple assembly
The assembly is relatively easy. You can put it together in just over an hour and a half.

You should use a very low torque setting on an electric screwdriver to speed things up.

An important step to remember when assembling the base is that you should not tighten the screws until the whole thing is assembled.

What do I love the most?

I love its cooking space which is perfect for a large family and huge gathering. Plus I can use it away from my home.

Quick Info

Pros

  • Performs well
  • Easy to maintain temperature.
  • Well built
  • Heavy duty
  • The racks are easy to clean in the dishwasher.

Cons 

  • Racks and drip pan could be better.

FAQs

# Are propane smokers easy to use?

Yes it is quite easy to use compared to a charcoal cooker. But none of this is challenging. Because only the source of heat differs between gas and charcoal smokers.

# How long does a 20lb propane tank last on a smoker?

A 20lb propane tank lasts on a smoker for about 19 hours.

# Can I use a propane smoker in the rain?

Yes, you can use a propane smoker even when it is raining.

# Can you use wood chunks in a propane smoker?

If the propane smoker is designed to hold chunks of wood then of course you can use a piece of wood.

Most gas smokers use a tray with a smaller depth to hold your smoking wood and they usually recommend wood chips.