Old Smokey Electric Smoker
Old Smokey Electric Smoker
The Old Smokey Electric Smoker is a drum shaped smoker that's been around since 1953. It is made from aluminized steel and comes with two racks and a water pan. It has a 1250 watt heating element with an inexpensive thermostatic controller. The controller doesn't have specific numeric temperature settings like a digital controller, but can be dialed from Off to High and any point in between. The simple thermostat monitors the cook box and regulates power to the heating element. For example, when set to "MED", the controller is designed to maintain a temperature range associated with that dial position. Used in conjunction with a digital thermometer, it can be dialed to a specific temperature.
They also make three similar charcoal grills. Below is an old advertisment for a charcoal model.
Like many electric smokers, it is very well insulated to compensate for the lack of heating capacity. A water pan is included, but the manufacturer doesn't recommend filling it. It is intended to be used as a drip pan to capture excess moisture expelled from meats in this air tight cooker. It's great for creating steamed meats, not so good for bark. As Meathead observes, "Electrics excel at fish and things like smoked peppers, sausage, nuts, and cheese. The bad news is that I think the flavor is inferior to charcoal or gas for most other meats such as pork ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and beef brisket." Read our article on electric smokers to learn more.
This is an old fashioned, very basic design. The aluminized metal construction should be more durable than the ubiquitous El Cheapo Bullets of today and you can't beat the price. We haven't tested Old Smokey yet. There's something here to love, but is it just nostalgia? People who own them like them a lot.
$124 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.
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280 square inches ( about 13 burgers )
Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA
Researched it from Afar
We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.
Reviewed By: Max Good
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