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[Sept 2018 ] Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 (This One Has Some Surprises)

The Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24" is the big brother to the smaller Camp Chef Smoke Vault 18. It is a big vertical cabinet style smoker that is no stranger to smoking delicious food. It is an extremely versatile unit.

It has a huge temperature range from 150 degrees for long low and slow cooking all the way up to 500 degrees. Which is enough to cook a pizza or even bake bread. However, do keep in mind Camp Chef do not recommend you take the temperature this high as it can start to warp and bend the metal.

It has the ability to be converted into natural gas really easily with the natural gas conversion kit, this is great for those who don't plan on moving the unit around and want it to be a permanent fixture in the backyard. Natural gas is also cheaper, easier and (in my opinion) delivers a better cook than propane.

You have enough room to smoke up to 8 racks of ribs at once, several whole chickens or even a couple of turkeys. Lets check out the key features of the Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24.

Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24

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The Camp chef Smoke Vault is one of my favourite cabinet style gas smokers of all time. It consistently delivers great tasting food with ease. I love the fact that it is so easy to convert to natural gas and the simplistic design. What else do I love about it? Find out below in my Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 review. 

Specifications

  • Height: 30 in
  • Width: 24 in
  • Depth: 16 in
  • Weight: 75 lbs
  • Cooking Area: 903 sq in

Key Features

  • Convertible to Natural Gas: I love that you are able to convert the Camp Chef to become a natural gas smoker.  Cooking and not having to worry about propane tanks running out half way through a cook is much more relaxing!
    You know that feeling you are headed outside to start up the BBQ and you remember that you were meant to fill up the gas bottle after your last cook. Well, another expensive trip to the gas station is in order before you can get cooking. Well not with natural gas, you have an endless supply of gas.
    It also is so much cheaper to use natural gas instead of propane and better for the environment.
  • Huge Cooking Space: The cooking space in the Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24 is a vast 903 square inches. During one big cookout, we noted that is enough room for around 35 steaks or 5-6 slabs of ribs lay flat out. This makes the Camp Chef a smoker to help feed the masses or just the family.
  • Three Modifiable Damper Valves: Sometimes you can’t predict what the weather will do. If you are smoking outside it can turn your cook into a challenge.
    You never know which way the wind is going to turn, how warm the sun will be or what the ambient temperatures will do. All these factors mean you might need more or less venting. The Camp Chef has really efficient vents which will ensure you navigate the all the elements easily.
  • Utensils
    Versatile Door Set Up: The Smoke Vault 24 has a refrigerator type door which allows you to use not only as a smoker but an oven as well. We love that you're able to smoke your brisket as well as a cook a pizza. The pizza surprisingly came out delicious, it had perfectly melted cheese and a crispy bottom
  • Utensils
    Easy Assembly: Don’t stress if you're not a handyman, this smoker took us only 45 minutes to put together and at no stretch, are we handy. We found the instructions to be highly detailed as well as some good resources on their site. 
  • Utensils
    Shelving: You get 2 main racks and 1 jerky rack included with your smoker. You also get space for 2 additional racks that can be purchased separately. The racks are all adjustable so can be moved about to suit what you are cooking. The jerky rack is perfect for smaller items you don't want to slip through the racks such as bacon, sausage, seafood or vegetables.
  • Utensils
    Wood Chip Tray: The wood chip tray is constructed from heavy-duty steel and holds heat extremely well. This means that you get a much better smoke quality and a higher temperature throughout your smoker. You also have the option to smoke with larger wood chunks which can also give you a better smoke and deeper flavor.

What I Liked

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    The push start ignition to light
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    Can be converted to a natural gas smoker
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    The wood pan can hold enough wood for two hours smoking
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    Strong and sturdy doors
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    Spacious interior 

What I Didn't Like

  • It has been noted that some packages arrive damaged due to the way the unit is packed. 
  • The unit is does not have the best insulation so the temperature can fluctuate from time to time

My Rating

I think the Camp Chef Smoke Vault is one of my favorite gas smokers out there right now. Straight out of the box it is a piece of cake to assemble. You will also find that it has a higher build quality than some of the older Camp Chef models out there.

One of the major perks of this smoker is how easy it is to convert into natural gas, this is a fantastic option for those of us who are not planning on moving the smoker and don't like messing around with propane bottles.

The Camp Chef Smoke Vault is a great smoker for anyone who doesn't mind spending a little more for a quality product that delivers quality results. This is a unit that will stand the test of time and get better with age. I would recommend buying one, converting it to natural gas and setting it up permanently in the backyard.

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Cleaning and Maintenance 

It easy to clean the Camp Chef because the racks are removable. Having the ability to easily give it a good clean each time has ensured that you won't need to do much additional maintenance.

When Cleaning Your Grill Always Remember:

  • When cleaning the cooking racks and the water tray, use hot and soapy water and then ensure they are completely dry. We always coat the cooking grids and water bowl lightly using cooking spray or cooking oil afterward.
  • For cleaning the exterior, a damp cloth is all that is required. Do not use spray-wash with a water hose. 
  • Always carefully remove the greased pan, dispose of any grease and wash it thoroughly. Once it is done, coat the smoker’s interior using cooking spray or cooking oil.

Warranty Details

All the components of the Camp Chef are covered by a 1-year warranty, which begins from the day of purchase. For the accessories, the same warranty is applicable for a period of 90 days. 

Do You Get Value For Money?

Overall, it was seen that the Camp Chef Smoker 24″ Smoke Vault certainly is value for money. The price point may see slightly higher than other similar size gas smoker, but it makes up for that in terms of its functionality, performance, and durability. 

A truly fantastic smoker that will deliver quality tasting food for years to come. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question
What size are the cooking racks?
Answer
14 inches deep, 22 inches long

Question
Can this unit be hooked up to natural gas?
Answer
You can get a natural gas conversion kit. It is advisable to get an expert to assist you with this.

Question
Can I use woodc hips without soaking them?
Answer
Yes, using dry wood chips is absolutely fine.

Question
Do I need a heating blanket in winter?
Answer:
No, the unit works jsut as well in cold temperatures as it does in hot temperatures. 

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​Hungry For More?

5 (100%) 10 votes

Charlie

You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!

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