You know that feeling, it’s a summer evening and that gentle waft of smokey BBQ passes by... All of a sudden it’s all I can think about and I sit there and wonder "does the family want BBQ as much as I do right now"?
I think anyone can master a gas smoker and produce those delicious smells. I've found both the propane smoker and natural gas smoker can produce tender and succulent meat and vegetables. Not only that it usually only takes a few hours!
Cooking with gas is similar to cooking with electric smokers, most models these days are even push start ignition. This is great news, it is a very easy 'set and forget' style of cooking.
When I was looking to buy a smoker, I would have loved a list with all the helpful information I needed to go from not having a clue in the world for what I was looking for, an encyclopedia of information from my father & friends!
In the information below I have tried my best to pass on everything I have learnt. I hope that it helps you find your perfect smoker!
Don't have enough time to fully read through my thorough reviews of my favourite natural gas smoker models? Here is just the essential information you need to know about each smoker and why it is in my top picks.
The Masterbuilt 20051211 is one of the best smokers for you first-time smokers out there. it is a unit that has a very limited setup and it is very easy to use. In true Masterbuilt style it is sleek, however, is also a solid build constructed out of the best materials. This is a smoker that will take you from your first smoke all the way to your last.
First time smokers are going to love the Masterbuilt 20051311. It is a vertical style gas smoker which is designed to cook great tasting food with minimal prior expereince.
The smokers features 4 removable racks which gives you lots of different options for what you will actually be cooking. You can get away with cooking racks full of chicken & ribs, a whole turkey or even a smoker full of hanging sausage. The possibilities are endless.
The two door construction allows you to refuel your wood chips or water pan without disturbing the main cooking chamber, this keeps in all the heat and smoke, allowing your cooking environment to stay the same.
The push start ignition starts with ease everytime and the temperature gauge is accurate when tested against my secondary thermometers.
This is a very well priced unit for the quality, craftsmanship and results that you get.
Cooking for a large number of people doesn't mean that you have to lower the quality of your meat. The Smoke Hollow 44241GW is a vertical gas smoker that will deliver restaurant quality results, no matter how many people you are cooking for or how much meat is inside of it. The Smoke Hollow 44241GW is a dual burner, double door smoker that delivers great results time and time again.
The Smoke Hollow 44241GW is the largest smoker on offer from Smoke Hollow. In some brands cases that would mean that would mean it is an existing design just made bigger, unfortunately, that would mean that sometimes things just don't work as well. That is not the case for the Smoke Hollow 44241GW. It has been thoughtfully designed to handle cooking a lot of food to the best quality.
This is a smoker that would best suit the backyard pitmaster who loves getting the whole neighborhood over for a feast.
You get a vertical style smoker, with dual stainless burners and double doors. The double doors allow you t access the water pan and wood chip trays without having to open the main smoker door. This keeps the temperature and smoke & moisture levels consistent giving you a much better result.
The Camp Chef Smoke Vault is one of the most popular gas smoker models on the market. You will find it in lots of backyards right across the country. This is because it is affordable, easy to use and has enough space to cook for everyone you know! Both the 18 inch and 24-inch models are built extremely tough compared to some of Camp Chefs other models. This smoker perfect for the backyard smoker who loves cooking a wide range of food and quality at a very reasonable price.
When you're buying a gas smoker you don't always want to be locked down with using propane. It is nice to have the option to be able to convert to natural gas. Natural gas allows you to cook low and slow without having the hassle of changing propane bottles mid smoke.
One of the many perks of the Camp Chef Smoke Vault is easily transferred to natural gas, this opens up a whole new world of smoking for you.
Other features include an 18,000 BTU burner capable of reaching a high temperature of 500⁰ F plus! Although Camp Chef does recommend you stay under 350⁰ F to prevent warping or bending the metal. The water pan is large enough to fill up once per a long 8-hour smoke and the steel wood chip tray keeps enough heat t easily smoke wood chunks instead of chips.
This smoker will easily slow cook 6 - 8 racks of ribs when using rib racks or several whole chickens.
I safety something you take seriously when smoking? Its something the 20051316 takes seriously. It is laoded up with features that give you peace of mind when smoking for a short or long time. This unit is perfect for those who love to cook for a large crowd. You get enough space for 4 whole turkey or 44 burgers!
Sometimes safety comes before anything else, safety is very important when you are dealing with gas. The Masterbuilt 20051316 understands that. Standard it comes with some great safety features to give you peace of mind when cooking around your loved ones.
It is also a huge unit, you get almost 1000sq inches of space, thats enough to smoke 16 chickens, 4 whole turkeys, 8 racks of ribs or 8 pork butts. Its a serious smoker for the serous backyard smoker.
The 20051316 also features a side mounted grease tray, wheels, double doors and one push ignition. The double doors allow you to access the water and wood chips trays through the lower door without disturbing the cooking environment behind the main door.
This is one of those fantastic vertical style smokers that can cook for everyone you know in complete safety and Masterbuilts signature style.
Sometimes all we need is a little smoker that packs a punch. Those weekends when you jsut want to cook for the closest ones in your life. Or maybe you are trying out a new recipe before you take it to the Masses. The Dyna-Glo DGY784BDP is the perfect smoker for this job. Its small, its tough and it pays a punch! You will be searing steaks, charing wings and cooking that brisket low and slow for years to come with the DGY784BDP.
Its good to spend time by yourself, or only with your closest loved ones. The DGY784BDP is the perfect companion to your quiet weekend. It is smaller than other gas or propane smokers, perfect for loading up in the camper, pickup or trailer.
The DGY784BDP feels right at home on the campsite, next to your favorite fishing spot or tucked away around the back of your yard. This smoker is crafted out of heavy-duty steel and features a 15,000 BTU burner, porcelain coated enamel wood chip and water pans and 4 adjustable steel racks.
Do you need a smoker to cook that trial batch of chicken wings or your new brisket recipe? Or just a smaller unit that you can use outdoors no matter where you are? Look no further than the Dyna-Glo DGY784BDP, it won't let you down.
The Best Gas Smoker
The Entertainers Dream Smoker
The Best All Round Smoker
The Advanced Gas Smoker
The Cheapest Gas Smoker
Smoke Hollow 44241GW Gas Smoker
Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 Gas Smoker
Masterbuilt 20051316 Gas Smoker
Dyna-Glo DGY784BDP Gas Smoker
21.4 x 21.1 x 43.5 in
24.5 x 33 x 60 in
24 x 16 x 30 in
22 x 28 x 52 in
27 x 46 x 19 in
717 sq in
1000 sq in
903 sq in
965 sq in
784 sq in
90 day manufacturer's warranty
90 day manufacturer's warranty
90 day manufacturer's warranty
If you want to enjoy succulent smoky flavours without labouring over a smoker or grill for a whole day, A gas smoker Is for you.
Sometimes its easy to get distracted, you need to run off to the supermarket or kids need some help (your wife 'to-do list').. and then you return to your smoker to find the charred, smelly remains of your prized brisket..
This situation has happened to me MANY times!
Does this sound familiar to you?
Propane or natural gas smokers are for those who:
Overall Best Gas Smoker
The Masterbuilt Propane Smoker 20051311 is an absolute favorite amongst the gas smoking community, as well as ours! Masterbuilt is one of the most trustworthy names in bbq, they always deliver a first class product which is backed up by their famous warranty. Masterbuilt is also a family owned business and one that has been around for years.
It doesn't matter if you are a first-timer or a well-seasoned veteran when it comes to the 20051311. For beginners, it is a great choice, its cheap, easy to use and delivers very tasty food.
You will notice that it has a very basic design, this vertical smoker has 4 removable racks, a removable ceramic water and dripping tray, a removable wood chip tray, an electric push ignition, two doors, one thermometer and that's about it. All the essentials you need for great results.
The 20051311 comes in 2 different sizes, the 30, and the slightly larger 40 inches. The smaller 30 is perfect for a family and a few friends, wheres the bigger 40-inch unit is more suited to those who love entertaining and cooking for a crowd.
Let's take a deeper look into the key features of this gas smoker.
This is an inexpensive, high-quality smoker that has a large cooking area. It is well-constructed and even has some nice details that are often missing in some of the more expensive models.
Due to its size, the 30 inch Masterbuilt 20051311 could also be used as a portable smoker if you have a pickup truck.
I would highly recommend this gas smoker to anyone who is looking to buy their first smoker or someone who wants to add a new addition to the collection that they can rely on day in day out.
4.7 / 5 Stars
The Entertainers Dream
The Smoke Hollow Pro Series 44' is what we consider a bloody top of the line gas smoker. It has with all the features you need to create the best smokey flavours with ease (at a reasonable price).
This smoker is actually very similar to the Smoke Hollow 44241G2, however, the Smoke Hollow 44 pro series has a letter W in the end, which stands for a window located on the door of the smoker.
Having this window is a game changer and what elevated this smoker to our best gas smokers of 2018 list. Find out what else helped it to the top of this list below.
Not everyone needs a gas smoker with 7 cubic feet of cooking space, however, for those who are in need of a large smoker the Smoke Hollow 44241GW is the smoker that will fit (and cook) all the meat you need.
It is designed to cook for a crowd, and boy does it do that well. It has dul burners to keep even the fullest load hot, 5 removable racks so you can cook everything from fish and chicken wings to multiple racks or ribs and whole turkeys. Having the front glass window allows you to keep a close eye on what is going on inside, which I think is invaluable.
It is not the cheapest gas smoker on the market, however, once you take into account how many people you can cook for and the genuine quality of the unit, you won't find it hard to justify splashing out. I would pay far more for a smoke that can cook this amount fo food this easily.
4.5 / 5 Stars
The Best All Round Gas Smoker
We think the Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 is one of the best propane smokers on the market. The design and food it produces is bloody top notch.
It comes in two sizes, 18 inches, and 24 inches. Today we will focus on the Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 inch model.
The Smoke Vault 24 is a vertical smoker with a vast temperature range from 150 to 500 degrees, which makes it much more so it is much more versatile than many gas smokers out there.
The combination of affordability and simplicity to operate convinced us to name this one of the best smokers on this list.
Not only that is we love that it can be converted to become a natural gas smoker, this doesn't just benefit you because you won't be changing propane bottles mid smoke. Natural gas is easier, cheaper and in my opinion actually delivered a better cook.
So if your ready to stop worrying about empty propane tanks and save some cash, let's check out the key features of the Camp Chef Smoke Vault.
In my opinion this is one of the best gas smokers on the market. It is super easy to assemble and is made of high quality parts. Everything we have smoked in this bad boy has come out bloody delicious.
I love the fact that you can easily convert it into a natural gas smoker. Since it is a bit of a heavier unit and is hard to move around it is well worth converting it to natural gas and having it in a permanent spot in your backyard.
I would recommend this smoker for anyone who is planning on setting up a smoker at home for the long haul. This thing is brilliant and should be on everyones backyard wish list!
4.6 / 5 Stars
The Advanced Home Gas Smoker
If you want something that has the capacity feed a crowd yet truly set and forget, then this top of line bad boy should be your pick. By now you will all know how much I love Masterbuilt products, this smoker is no different. It has all the Masterbuilt quality craftsmanship and detail you would expect.
The Masterbuilt 20051316 has everything you need to achieve a top quality restaurant style results. It has auto temperature control, tank fuel level indicator & an auto shutoff feature if the flame is extinguished.
This is one of the most advanced smokers we have got a chance to play with and it did not disappoint. It had a lot of features that most smokers are missing. We even had the confidence to let this smoker work overnight while we slept without a worry in the world.
This smoker is designed for the backyard smoker who is serious about his cooking. You get a lot of features and a lot of space to cook a whole range of meats.
Check out the key features below to see if the Masterbuilt 20051316 is for you.
The Masterbuilt Thermotemp X-Large is your most advanced home smoker and is a top quality investment.
It is made for those who wish to enjoy the smoky flavours with lots of people but don’t want to tend to the smoker all day. It is one of the safest smokers on the market today, which is great peace of mind if you are constantly cooking for the extended family or loved ones.
This model would be best suited for those of you out there who are all about cooking a big amount of food. This smoker also comes in a smaller 30 inch design, this would be more suited to your everyday family smoker who loves a top of the range product that will smoke
4.5 / 5 Stars
The Cheapest Backyard Gas Smoker
Dyna-Glo DGY784BDP is a vertical propane gas smoker that’s designed for high-performance cooking at an affordable price point. It is one of the cheapest smokers on this list, however, it definitely is not the worst.
It is also on of the smallest units in this list, that is good news for you guys out there who don't platoon cooking for a crowd of people, or like to take your gas smoker on the move with you. It can easily fit into a pick up, camper or in the back of a station wagon if you really push it. Because it is only 54 pounds it is very easy to move around single handedly.
The double door design ensure that you will not open the main door once you have started smoking, the door latch mechanisms are easy to use and create a tight seal. You can adjust the amount of airflow/smoke/temperature with the air dampers in the top and sides, and easily start the burner with the push to start functionality.
If having one of the most reliable smokers on the market to feed only a few of your closest friends is something that you need? Then check out the key features of the Dyna-Glo DGY784BDP.
This Dyna-Glo is a great unit for both beginners and experienced smokers especially when you are just cooking for a few people. Its also a good option for those out there who love to take their smokers with them. This unit can be packed up in a camper, pickup or if you really try a station wagon. Perfect for taking to the game, out fishing or camping.
It’s super effective in terms of producing the right amount of smoke and maintaining temperature, thus it produces quality food.
This is highly recommended to everybody who needs something a little bit smaller but ready to spend a bit more of the a quality product.
4 / 5 Stars
The Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared is a smoker, roaster and grill all in one. We do love this unit however, we couldn’t include it in our top 3 as it’s not strictly a smoker.
We love that they have managed to pack in so many great features in a such a small unit. It is really helpful for people without much space but still, love top tasting food.
If you want the 3-in-1 experience of a smoker, roaster and grill, then this model will 100% not disappoint! Let see what it has to offer!
This unit is especially for people who are short on space and don’t want to have forgo having the option to smoke, grill or roast.
Despite being a jack of trades is a terrific product in terms of producing quality, smoked food.
This is a great smoker and may have made top 3 if it had larger grill space and were a dedicated smoker.
4 / 5 Stars
Weber is well-known for building some highest quality natural & propane smokers and this model didn't disappoint us!
We found it allowed us to control the temperature to within a few degrees. We loved the option of being able to grill and smoke in one unit, saving us a lot of time.
Let see if this top notch grill and smoker is the answer to your answer BBQ wishes!
No doubt this would have been in top position in my 3 best gas smoker list if it was strictly a smoker.
You might find that there are many grill/ smokers on the market at a lower price, however, none give you the same value for money this one does. It will last for years to come, it is easy to use and is made by a company with a top reputable
This is a unit made for the true lovers of grilling and smoking!
4.6 / 5 Stars
The Best Quality Gas Smoker
The Smoke Hollow 44241G2 Vertical LP Gas Smoker is one known as one of the best smokers in the industry. Smoke Hollow have said this is the largest gas smoker they have manufactured. It has some serious cooking space.
It is also made by one of the most trusted brands. If your after something that will be reliable yet still high quality, I believe Smoke Hollow is one of the best brands to go for.
You might notice the 44241G2 is similar to the Smoke Hollow 44 Pro Series we included in our best smokers of 2018 list above.
The Smoke Hollow 44 pro series LP gas smoker has a letter W in the end, which stands for a window located on the door of the smoker. The last number on the Smoke Hollow 44241G2 which indicates it has two doors.
Coming out of one of the most trusted brands, this smoker is top notch quality. Not only it has one of the biggest cooking capacity on the market.
4.5 / 5 Stars
This gas smoker is a relatively inexpensive compared to features it packs ins. We found that this smoker is capable of producing temperatures up to 400°.
We love that this smoker can accommodate everything from chicken, to ribs, to turkey, and more.
You can also convert The Camp Chef to a natural gas smoker, which makes using it even cheaper (natural gas costs way less).
When you buy this smoker you also get with a book of tips, ideas, and recipes, this cooker has everything needed to get the smoking novice off to a great start.
We recommend the 18-inch because you get a product that’s functional, consistent, and reliable. Let find out if it the best gas smoker for you.
Not only does the Camp Chef look fantastic in my backyard, it produces the some of the succulent smokey meat I've ever cooked.
It is made of really high quality materials and built to bloody last (I've had mine for over 4 years). I really like that unit is also tight fitting, this means no heat or smoke escape, I think that is why the food is always top notch.
4.6 / 5 Stars
A propane smoker is a smoker or grill that has a propane tank as the fuel source. Propane smokers and grills are perfect for those who like to transport their set up. Whether that is around the backyard or around town.
Propane smokers are very easy to set up and install, and changing gas is a breeze. All you need to do is unscrew the bottle and change it over.
This is a little bit of a complicated question because of the amount if variables that can come into play. However it can be broken down to the following:
A 20lb tank of propane used in a device with a 15,400 BTU rating will burn out in around 28 hours. However, this is at full burn. In reality you will never be cooking at full bore for long periods of time.
In reality once your grill or smoker has reached temperature you will be running at roughly 15% to 25% of its 15,400 BTU capacity. This means that you should get around 4 - 5 times more burn time than the 28 hours at full burn.
There is some confusion around the natural gas smoker and how it is fuelled. Basically, the fuel source is supplied by a utility company and the natural gas is directly piped to your house. You need to have a licenced plumber install the gas lines to your smoker. This means that your smoker can't be moved after this.
Natural gas as a fuel option is becoming more commonplace as consumers learn of the benefits of outdoor cooking with it. We have complied the pros and cons of using natural gas below. We are a big fan of it and are always trying to educate friends and family on it.
One cubic foot of propane gas has the same energy content as two cubic feet of natural gas. However, you find that it still costs more to use propane. This difference in energy is also the main reason that a propane smoker or grill can’t be hooked up directly to a natural gas line.
It is possible to convert your propane grill or smoker to natural gas and some manufacturers provide modification kits for LPG to NG. If you’re interested we recommend you contact your manufacturer to see if a conversion is available.
Don't worry, I am here to help.
You might have noticed that there are a lot of smoker and BBQ sites out there on the web. Each will claim to give you most accurate information. However, I have personally used all the gas or propane smokers I have recommended above. It was a big (delicious) job but someone had to do it.
I want to give you all the most informative and in-depth reviews from first- hand experience to ensure you are cooking and eating the highest quality BBQ.
Now you are convinced that you can’t cook another meal any other way, the next step is determining which gas smoker you need.
You will find that some cheaper gas smokers will have features that some of the more expensive ones don’t and vice versa. It is very important to understand what you want when you are browsing.
Key factors to consider are:
So there you have it. Everything I know about gas and propane smokers and a review on each of the smoker that I feel are the best ones available.
I hope that this guide and these gas smoker reviews have helped you figure out exactly what you need in a gas smoker. Better still I hope that you have made a decision on what gas smoker you want in your life.
Smoking with gas is an easy way to produce delicious food with minimal effort. It doesn't take long to pick it up and I'm sure your family and friends will thoroughly enjoy your journey to becoming a master smoker.
Happy Smoking everyone.