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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

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Viking 30" Gravity Feed Charcoal Smoker

By Meathead Goldwyn

Manufacturer: Viking

Viking began making professional quality stoves for residential use in the early 1980s. Today Viking manufactures a vast array of award winning indoor and outdoor cooking equipment, including refrigerators, dishwashers, cabinets and cookware. Their three lines of luxury grills are known for quality and classic beauty. All are offered in LP and NG models and may be purchased on carts or for drop in installs.

They also make 2 gravity feed charcoal smokers.

Made in America in Greenwood, MS, Viking grills are available at some online sites and through a large number of independent stores coast to coast.

Viking 30" Gravity Feed Charcoal Smoker

The Viking 30" Gravity Feed Charcoal Smoker is the smaller of two smokers. Viking is known for shiny stainless steel high end pro-sumer grade cooking equipment. This 30" cabinet style smoker has 6.7 cubic feet of cooking capacity on three removable shelves.

A charcoal fire is started at the bottom of the smoker and it is constantly gravity fed from a charcoal chute. You can use briquettes or lump charcoal and mix in wood chunks for flavor. Viking claims it burns about one pound of charcoal per hour. They further claim it can maintain 150°F for cold smoking with the aid of ice pans above and below the food and that it can get hot enough for grilling.

It has adjustable legs for leveling, solid hinges, heavy insulation for efficiency, a spatter and grease collection system with a removable grease pan on the exterior, and a bimetal thermometer in the door. Airflow is controlled with a ballcock operated by a handle: Very clever. It can also be fitted with a fan operated third party airflow controller like Rock's Stoker or a BBQ Guru to give you digital temperature control and monitoring.

All units have a removable rain cap. We wish they had a ventilated rain cap that could stay on for use in the rain. We have not tested this smoker, but Viking has an excellent reputation and  it appears to be well built. We believe it is built by a third party for Viking, and in the past Viking has put its label on Stump Smokers. But that relationship ended badly, so who knows how stable this relationship is?

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$2,799 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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Smoker

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Charcoal

Primary Capacity: 

1,370 square inches ( about 67 burgers )

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

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