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Camp Chef Smokepro SE Pellet Grill Review (Will The SE Blow You Away?) [Jan. 2019]

Do love having an outdoor kitchen? Or if you're ready to get started with one?

 The Camp Chef Smoker Pro Pellet Grill will most likely fit the bill. This bad boy will allow anyone to cook like a pro.

This grill has a huge cooking space (over 429 square inches!) I managed to fit 4 racks of ribs, a few whole chickens and a pile of wings!

The inside of the Camp Chef pellet grills chamber works like an oven, which means that there are no cold and hot spots on the grill. This ensured we always have consistency when cooking on it.

Source: ​Camp Chef

Unlike other barbecue smokers, this one comes with a meat probe. While a temperature display only gives an idea of the inside temperature, a meat probe is the most accurate way to know the temperature of the meat that is being cooked.

So if a top quality, set and forget smoker is what you are after, your in the right place. We have put together our experiences with this unit; our like and dislikes, thoughts on the cleaning and maintenance as well as the warranty, in this review of the Camp Chef Smoke Pro SE.

Camp Chef SmokePro SE

Camp Chef Pro SE pellet grill and smoker BBQ comes with an array of features to help make your grilling and smoking process much easier and hassle-free. Here are some our favourite features of the Camp Chef pellet grill.

Key Features of The Smoke Pro

  • Blooody Ginormous Hopper: The hopper of Smoker Pro is big enough to hold at least 18 pounds of hardwood pellets. We found that was enough to sustain an eight-hour cook. You also like that the hopper seals tight, just in case there is some serious weather blow in.
  • Delicious Hardwood Flavors: The hardpressed pellets provide the flavour and fuel. I usually use Camp Chef branded pellets as they are 100% wood. Some other brands do add fillers to their pellets which can be harmful.
  • We Did'nt Have to Overcrowd The Grill: There's nothing worse than overcrowding your grill, it prevents anything from cooking. We couldn’t contain our excitement when we saw home much room you get, over 560 cubic inches!!! If you like cooking for family and friends like me, you will glad to know you can feed everyone at once. It can get quite tiresome if you have to cook in batches.
  • Digital Temperature Control Unit: The built-in digital unit has outstanding control of the temperature. We loved using the set and forget part of this digital controller! This smoker also came with a meat probe, this probe helped the smoker calculates whether to increase, decrease or maintain the temperature and for how long. You just need to ensure you fill the hopper and you can relax. 
  • Ability to Quickly Reach High Temperatures: We have found some pellet smokers struggle to reach high temperatures. However, the Camp Chef SmokerPro SE Pellet Grill and Smoker can easily reach temperatures of up to 500 degrees. Due to the high temps this smoker reaches I would suggest always  I would suggest always using heat resistant BBQ gloves.
  • Really Easy to Clean: This unit an ingenious clean out design. This design allows the grease and oil that drip from the meat to drain out into a dedicated drip pan. You can easily remove, empty and clean this drip pan within a few minutes. Pellet smokers typically get a build up of ash. With this unit, all we had to was just need to pull a button located on the right side of the smoker. The ash is released into an external bucket which is easily removed and we just had to tip it into the bin. No more removing grates and sweeping or vacuuming out your grill here.
  • Utensils
    Easily Transportable: Due to the fact the Camp Chef Smokepro SE only weighs 106 pounds and had huuugge wheels, we didn’t have any trouble transporting it. We took it camping and around to a neighbor’s backyard with ease (you should have seen the jealous looks we got).

What I Liked

  • Heavy-duty steel construction
    Can be used to smoke, grill, bake, barbecue and roast
  • Set & forget function 
  • Large cooking area of 429 sq. inches
  • Digital controls for Precise temperature management
  • Built-in sensor gauge controls

What I Didn't Like

  • The manufacturer recommended its own brand of pellets. This can affect the warranty, if you don't use them
  • Slightly heavier than other smokers in this class due to high-quality materials

Cleaning and Maintenance of The Smoke Pro

When you have an outdoor unit like a grill or smoker you have to realize that cleaning and maintenance are important!!

Some manufacturers design some 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.

To make this process very simple. Basically, there are two types of dirt that a user deals with while smoking.

  • First, there is 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.

  • Secondly, the grease and oil: Both the grease and oil is directed through the unit and is drained into an external drip pan.

SmokePro Assembly 

We found that this smoker was easy to assemble and came with very detailed instructions. Once we used it a few times, we found everything from operating to cleaning is straightforward and easy. 

Feeling confident, we began pulling this unit out to use more often.

Warranty Details of The Smoke Pro

The manufacturer’s warranty covers all the components of the Camp Chef Smokepro SE as long as it is free from workmanship defects for a period of one year from the purchase date.

Note: The warranty however, excludes the finish.

For more details on the Camp Chef warranties

Do You Get Value For Money?

You might notice that the Camp Chef SmokePro SE Pellet Grill and Smoker is not the cheapest pellet smoker on the market. However, with its top quality features such as the set and forget settings. and durable build it is indeed worth every penny you would invest for it.

If you want to buy a high-quality pellet smoker that makes not only the cooking process easier but the cleaning, we suggest you go for this one.

Final Thoughts

​There you have it, a top notch pellet smoker with all the bells and whistles without the price tag.

I've given you all my experience with it, if the features I mentioned are what you're looking for then go for it!

What is waiting for? That succulent slow-cooked brisket isn’t going to just appear in your backyard!

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.

5 (100%) 14 votes


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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