Pitmaker BBQ Safe Smoker Review

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BBQ Safe Smoker

Pitmaker BBQ Safe Smoker is a scaled down version of their popular Vault Smoker. Like all Pitmaker cookers, the Safe has heavy insulation, durable construction and plenty of colorful options for the exterior.

Like the Vault, it has a slide out firebox at the bottom to supply heat and smoke to the upper cabinet. Both have doors with 3/4" high temperature gaskets to prevent leaks. The intake air damper is a 2" ball valve that can accommodate a BBQ guru to regulate temps. The built in stainless steel water pan has a second 1 1/4" ball valve for draining and cleaning.

The big difference is size. With four 15" x 20" slide out cooking racks, the Safe has half the capacity of the Vault, so it's more suited for backyard use or settings with space restrictions.

Our posted MSRP is for the cart mounted Safe with wheels pictured above. It can be ordered without the cart for $400 less.

Sales are direct.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$2,850
Primary Function: 
Smoker
Fuel: 
Charcoal
Primary Capacity: 
1,200 square inches
Made in the USA: 
Yes
Review Method:

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.

Pitmaker

Pitmaker is a Houston area metal fabricator known for manufacturing colorful, large capacity, heavy duty cabinet smokers and rectangular offset pits for competition, tailgating and serious BBQ. We have seen several trailer mounted Pitmaker smoker/grill combo setups and they are very impressive, extremely well designed and built.

They also have two backyard charcoal/wood grills and a tailgater model. These cookers are based on Pitmaker's large "Vault" cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. All are heavy duty steel construction. We haven’t heard much about the residential Pitmaker grills, but their large capacity smokers have an excellent reputation and it’s a good bet they wouldn’t put their name on something lame.

PlaceholderThe owners of Pitmaker do 10 to 15 competitions per year and half of their employees are on teams. "Our smokers are battle tested," says co-owner George Shore, "we're constantly learning new ways to improve quality and make sure our customers get consistent, repeatable results." Built solid with 1/8" virgin steel and heavy ceramic wool insulation, Pitmaker uses seamless welds instead of sheet metal screws or fasteners. This heavy insulation makes the exterior cool to the touch while in use. Although the standard finish is high heat flat black, the cool surface doesn't require high heat coatings and allows Pitmaker to offer colorful cosmetics that are one of their trademarks.  For an additional fee, all painted parts are suspended in the air and covered with epoxy primer, followed by auto enamel. Team and school colors, logos and labels are all welcome. See above.

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Max Good

As AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, Max Good is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max loves barbecue so much that he took his barbecue sauce recipes, had them bottled, and now sells them around the country.

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