The Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24" is the larger of their two vertical gas smokers. Many BBQ gas smokers have limited cooking temperature range and can't get down and hold low and slow temps of 225⁰. But Smoke Vault's 18,000 BTU burner can be dialed down to 160⁰ and cranked up to 400⁰! Vertical gassers are often narrow making it a challenge to do ribs. With two 21.5"W x 14"D smoking racks The Vault will accommodate slabs of ribs laid flat and there is enough head room to use rib racks on both shelves for big gatherings. It also comes with an additional, nickel-plated mesh jerky smoking rack.
We've always wanted a residential gas smoker that can be converted to natural gas and Camp Chef granted our wish. It would seem like a no-brainer for manufacturers to offer NG conversion for a cooker designed to burn overnight and beyond, but here again, it is a feature unique to Smoke Vault.
There is also a water pan, steel wood chip tray, removable porcelain base tray for easy clean up and push button ignition. Three adjustable damper valves, one on top and one on each side, help control smoke and heat. The Vault is built solid and you can easily find it for well below list price by clicking our Where to Buy Links below. Even so, you can find a hundred vertical gassers for less money, but if you have the extra dough, this big beauty is worth it.
Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
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Camp Chef's tag line is "The way to cook outdoors". They began in 1990 to address the cooking needs of campers, outdoors-men, and nature lovers. The initial product line grew to include patio cooking. The Camp Chef catalog is impressive and comprehensive. Grills, ovens and smokers are often integrally designed with add ons such as lidded grill boxes, griddles and their new pizza oven. They offer a vast array of cookware, tools and utensils, lanterns, firepits and other cooking items designed or adaptable to outdoor applications.