The Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Smoker is an excellent choice for an entry level smoker. The fact that this smoker works on Propane gas makes it is easy to handle. Entry level smokers might have difficulties in handling a charcoal smoker, and hence for the price, it is one of the best smoker available.
The great outdoors smoky mountain smoker is cabinet shaped with a sturdy steel body with dimensions of 22” by 42”. The large front door giving access to the interiors of the smoker enables you to add anything, from water to wood to food without much trouble. The handle on the front door is made of cool grip, which makes it possible for you to grab it without protective gloves as well.
The total smoking space available in the Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Smoker is 667 sq. inches, which has been divided into 4 adjustment levels and 3 cooking grates.
The smoker cabinet has 1 adjustable vent and side handles made from wrought iron. The cooking grates are chrome plated and it has a brass burner with an 18,000 BTU. The water pan is made of porcelain enamel steel and the wood chip box is made of cast iron and has a lid as well.
Various temperature ranges are possible in the great outdoors smoky mountain smoker and the damper vent can be adjusted to fine tune to heat.
You can use the smoker all day at a temperature of 220 degrees. With the right combination of heat and wood box, it creates good smoke. The smoker comes with an instructional video making the understanding of the functioning of the smoker much easier.
Because of the sturdy built, it lasts a long time. It is easy to transport it outdoors as well. You can use various wood chips like Hickory, Pecan, Oak, Mesquite and Apple when smoking. Mixing various types of wood chips will give desired flavor. One full box can last for several hours of smoking.
You can pre-soak the wood before smoking, so that it produces more smoke and prevents fast burning as well. The flavoring occurs mainly during the first hour of smoking process. If you need to refill the wood chips during the process of smoking, ensure that you use tongs and other protective gear, as the box will be very hot.
Once you have assembled the smoker, it is important to season it before using it. The seasoning process helps in sealing the paint and interior of the smoker. This enhances the flavoring, durability and overall performance of the smoker.
Seasoning process will involve using the smoker like usual, only without food. It should be set to 125°F for 45-60 minutes. Once this is done, remove the used up water, wood and charcoal.
When filling the water bowl, line it with aluminium foil, so that it is easier to clean and also helps the water bowl in lasting long. A full water bowl will last for 2-3 hours, and should be filled 1 inch below the rim.
The great outdoors smoky mountain smoker is a very convenient smoker for newbies and worth the price.