The Camp Chef SmokePro SE Review
Have you always wanted a big outdoor kitchen but just can't justify spending that amount of money? Or your backyard just doesn't agree with your dream space wise?
Don't worry, the Camp Chef SmokePro SE might just be able to help you out.
The Camp Chef SmokerPro SE pellet grill is one of the smaller models from Camp Chef. However, it comes loaded with features that you would expect from much bigger, more expensive grills.
Tucked away inside this little unit you have a huge cooking space of over 429 square inches. I managed to fit 4 racks of ribs, a few whole chickens and a pile of wings!
I understand it is hard to get a feel for a grill without using it first hand. So this review is for those who are looking to purchase this unit but have not been able to see it in person.
Camp Chef SmokePro SE Overview
The inside of the Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grills chamber works like an oven. Essentially this means that you will find no cold and hot spots inside the cooking chamber. This ensures we always have consistency when cooking. You can really perfect your favourite recipes in this unit.
Unlike other barbecue smokers, the SmokePro SE comes with an in built meat probe. An ambient temperature reading gives an idea of the temperature inside of the main cooking chamber. Which is a good indication on how things are going.
However, a meat probe gives an accurate reading of the actual temperature of your meat, and this is what is the most important temperature.
Another feature that we can't ignore is the easy clean ash clean out system. Generally, you will not find an ash clean out feature on other pellet smokers. It is never a hard or laborious job, but it is nice to see Camp Chef have added this feature. I mean who doesn't like an easier clean up?
So if a top quality, set and forget style smoker is what you are after, your in the right place.
- Weight: 110 pounds
- Hopper Capacity: 18 pounds
- Lower Cooking Rack Area: 429 square inches
- Cooking Chamber Capacity: 3778 cubic inches
- Temperature Range: 160°F - 500°F
- Ignition: Easy start automatic ignition
- Wheels: 2 durable wheels
- Storage Space: One lower storage rack
- Warranty: 3 years
Key Features of The SmokePro SE
Cleaning and Maintenance of The SmokePro SE
When you have an outdoor unit like a grill or smoker you have to realize that cleaning and maintenance are important!
Cleaning and maintaining your unit properly will prolonge the life of your unit and help it cook the best food possible.
Some manufacturers design features to help with these tasks and Camp Chef is no exception, if anything they have gone above and beyond with the Camp Chef SmokePro SE.
The cleaning process is very simple.When cleaning a pellet smoker there is two different kinds of mess you have to deal with:
- Pellet Ash: Camp Chef has designed easy access to the burn pot by adding a knob which when turned releases all the ash in an external bucket.
- Grease and Oil: Both the grease and oil is directed through the unit and is drained into an external drip pan.
The SmokePro SE Assembly
We found that this smoker was easy to assemble and came with a very detailed instruction manual.
To set up this smoker efficiently I would recommend having a friend to help out. You can do it alone but it can be a little tricky at points. Set aside 1.5 - 2 hours for assembly.
Overall the Camp Chef SmokePro SE is a durable and well constructed unit.
Although it looks like it would be a little top heavy and a little flimsy its not.
The convenient storage rack below ads structural integrity and gives you somewhere to store your unused tools, cleaning equipment or cover while cooking.
Camp Chef Warranty Details
The manufacturer’s warranty covers all the components of the Camp Chef SmokePro SE.
Camp Chef have a 'zero hassle warranty' which essentially means if they have done something wrong they will fix it. They will replace any defective parts.
Note: The warranty does not include the paint or finish of the unit.
For more warranty details see the Camp Chef warranty page.
SmokePro SE Pros and Cons
What I Liked
What I Did Not Like
My Rating and Overall Thoughts
At a little over $350 the Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grill and smoker is not the cheapest pellet smoker on the market.
However, it does have lots of top quality features. Such as the set and forget functionality, storage racks, included meat thermometer, easy ash and grease clean out systems.
Overall it is a durable build it is sure to be in your fleet of smokers for years.
In my opinion it is worth every penny you would invest in it.
If you want to buy a high-quality pellet smoker that makes cooking and cleaning easy, I suggest the SmokePro SE for you.
I've given you all my experience and knowledge of the Camp Chef SmokePro SE. I hope that I was able to help you decide if this was the right unit for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Does the Smoker/Grill come assembled?
Answer: No, there is assembly required however, it is not hard. There aren't many parts just the legs and the chimney.
Question: How many pounds of turkey would it hold?
Answer: You would be able to fit two, twelve to fifteen-pound turkeys in the smoker
Question: How many Boston butts will it hold?
Answer: Depends on the size of the butts. It would be able to easily fit 4 -6, 7-8 lb ones
Question: Can I use hickory wood?
Answer: You can use any wood as long as it in pellet form.
Hungry For More?