The 100SS Pellet Smoker is similar in design and function to some other popular BBQ pellet smokers. Joe Hanni, VP of Pro Smoker, says the 100SS was created to fill a void in their product line for food service and address a need for on-site catering. Hanni points out the large 45 x 26" base on four heavy duty casters is designed for easy transport. Temperature range is 180 to 400 degrees and Hanni further claims this system will hold a set temperature between 1 and 2 degrees. That's a mighty tight tolerance and some competitors have questioned the credibility of this statement. Hanni will only respond that air flow control and temperature management are hallmarks of the Pro Smoker brand. "Our large commercial ovens have a 1/2 degree tolerance from top to bottom", he asserts, "Some say this can't be done, but we do it all day, every day". We have not yet been able to test these claims.
For the price, the 100SS has a relatively large capacity: 150 pounds of pork butts, 100 pounds of brisket, 80 pounds of ribs or 30 chickens. It burns 0.75 pounds of pellets per hour at 250F with a 40 pound hopper capacity. Built with high quality heavy 20 gauge 304 stainless steel exterior, 18 gauge 304 stainless steel interior and 850F spun glass insulation. The seal on the door is a 1" x 3/4" silicon gasket, similar to gaskets used in their large capacity ovens. Hanni says they haven't had to replace one of these gaskets since they started using them in 1993. It comes with four 23 x 23 inch stainless steel cooking shelves, a cookbook and operators manual.
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Pro Smoker 'N Roaster is a third generation family-owned and operated company that produces a range of smokers from small backyard electric smokers to large commercial machines for meat processors, as well as smoke generators that can be attached to existing smoker ovens. Pro Smoker 'N Roaster is well established as a manufacturer of equipment for commercial meat production, but they are currently not well known in the BBQ world. Indeed, they only make one model that references "BBQ" in the product description. Their sister company, PS Seasoning & Spices, carries an extensive catalog of spices and supplies for sausage, jerky and all types of smoked delicacies.