The Old Smokey electric smoker is essentially a tin can with a heating element and a couple of racks for the food to sit on and drip pan.
We couldn’t believe this brand has been around for almost 90 years. Well once we used the unit, we realized, when you create high quality products your brand is here to stay!
We found the smoker to be highly durable and easy use. The simple design makes it easy to use and cheap to run, especially since we weren’t off buying bloody expensive propane!
Even with the cheap running costs, we found this smoker one of the least expensive smokers on the market.
Before purchasing any smoker, conduct thorough research about the features and capabilities of a particular smoker. This way you’ll avoid unnecessary money loss and unpleasant surprises. Many times people make a common mistake of rushing a purchase and ending up with an priced unit.
So, before you decide to make a purchase, read this and see what’s waiting for you if you decide to buy the Old Smokey Electric Smoker.
The Old Smokey Electric Smoker
The Old Smokey Electric Smoker doesn't only look like a solid tin can, it is a solid tin can! This little beauty is a very solid little unit that delivers great tasting food. This is the perfect set and forget electric smoker for those who don't have a huge amount of space.
Specifications of The Old Smokey Electric Smoker
- Height: 28 inches
- Diameter: 15 inches
- Wight: 23 lbs
- Cooking Area: 1 x 14.5 inch & 1 x 12.5 inch diameter cooking rack
Key Features of The Old Smokey Electric Smoker
What I Liked
What I Didn't Like
Cleaning and Maintenance
Most pellet or charcoal smoker can be quite complicated can be quiet hard to maintain and clean.
All you need to do for cleaning the Old Smokey is to pour in a bit of water with some lemon or vinegar on the drip pan and start the smoker.
Once condensation is built up, turn off the smoker. We just grab a pair of thick pair of gloves and use a wire brush to scrub it.
Ease of Use
One of our favorite features was the ease of assembly. You can literally pull it out the box, wrap and start using it.
There is nothing else on the market which is this easy to use. Especially considering how precise and easy the temperature management.
Old Smokey Electric Smoker is covered by a 1-year warranty. The warranty is limited to any defects regarding the workmanship and its materials. You should check it regularly for any damage or defects. This warranty only includes replacement or repair of the defective parts.
Note: Normal wear and tear, damage due to improper use and rust are not covered
Do You Get Value For Money?
We think this is one of the best electric smokers on the market for under $200. Not to mention one of the durable and simplest. The simplicity is what makes it so amazing and worth buying. If you’re one of those people who doesn't want fancy LED screens and redundant buttons, this is the perfect smoker for you.
We found that the there are many smoker grills that claiming to be the best, the Old Smokey Electric Smoker always does what it promises- quality smoking and grilling with ease and convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are smoking multiple pieces of meat, do you have to lift off the top grates to get to the lower grates?
Yes, and smaller pieces fit on top. I often put sausage or meats that cook less time on the top rack.
How long should I cook two chickens cut into quarters?
In general, cook chicken for about 20 minutes per pound. Cut pieces cook faster than whole chickens. Start out on high and slightly reduce heat after about 1/2 an hour.
Can it hold heat for a a long period of time, to make items such as jerky?
It is digitally controlled with advanced sensors and heat regulator. I have had it going for well over 11 hours and the heat stayed constant. It is perfect for making jerky in a smoker.
What happens if you use this without water , just using the dry heat and smoke?
It doesn't need water, so don't add any. Since it is a sealed cooker, the moisture stays in the smoker and the drippings fall into the drip pan.
is there a temperature gauge on the unit that you can control?
It isn't quite a "temperature" gauge but it has a dial that you can set from low to high. I had to drop a wireless thermometer in there to determine what temps low, medium and high which actually vary depending on the outside temperature. It would be much easier if it had a proper thermostat but sadly it does not.
What is a similar electric smoker, in the same price range?
I would reccomend having a look at the Char-Broil Big Easy. It is similar in size however it can also roast.
Can you fit a large brisket in it?
You sure can, it has a large interior. I have a guide on how to smoke brisket in an electric smoker here.