By: Max Good
Masterbuilt’s 30″ Digital Electric Smokehouse is loaded with bells and whistles. This thermostatically controlled BBQ smoker allows you to set cooking temp from 100 ° to 275° and monitor internal meat temp with an integrated probe, and it has internal lights. All functions can be controlled and monitored with an included RF remote. It also has a side door for replenishing wood without disturbing the smokebox.
They make several variations on this model, some don’t have windows in the door, some have controllers mounted on the top in the back and some are 40″. This one has an 800 watt heating element and a handle on the back lets you tilt the unit and move it on two rear wheels.
We haven’t been big fans of Masterbuilt. They always aimed to cut costs and it shows in the lightweight construction of many models. Construction on this one looks good for the price, and most owners seem happy with their purchase. Still, the 90 day warranty is weak.
Masterbuilt is known for manufacturing low priced cookers, made in China for frugal people in the USA. They’ve always produced some models with a few unique features that provide a little bang for very little buck, but most of their products were largely more of the same cost driven stuff with a different logo on the lid. However, in recent years Masterbuilt has taken a step up in quality and innovation. In fact, some of their new products are starting to win our top awards. They are a company on the move, grabbing our attention.
Masterbuilt is widely distributed online and at brick and mortar outlets, including big box stores.
Published On: 12/2/2014 Last Modified: 2/23/2021
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