Buying a grill or a smoker can be confusing at best. There are loads of different styles, types, fuel sources and brands out there.
So, what do you do?
Do you go for the most expensive one? The cheapest one? The one that has the most bells and whistles?
Or do you go for the brand that looks the coolest? Or has the best marketing? Its a hard choice.
In this article I will take a close look at Smoke Hollow and my favourite 5 units of theirs to help you make a decision on what Smoke Hollow Grill unit would suit your needs best.
Smoke Hollow grill range is huge. They have lots of BBQ, grills and smokers to suit every budget and cooking style out there:
The materials used in the construction of your smoker grill plays a big role in several different aspects of your unit. What materials used in construction will play a role in the price of the unit, weight of the unit, longevity of the unit, the functionality and last but not least the price of the unit.
Some materials are more solid than others, some materials retain heat better than others and some won't rust as easily as others. Generally speaking, Smoke Hollow use quality materials that will last.
Some of the materials used in Smoke Hollow units include:
When shopping for a new unit you need to think about what features you need. These days you can get tonnes of different features, accessories and bells & whistles.
Some things to keep in mind when buying your unit are:
The Best Grill From Smoke Hollow For Adventurers, Explorers and Outdoorsmen
Contrary to popular belief, cheap grills don’t always have to mean bad quality, and this Smoke Hollow Grill is a perfect example of that.
The Smoke Hollow 205 might be a simple grill, but it is a simple grill that is made with quality materials and quality craftsmanship.. and at the end of the day, that is what counts right?
It is a basic and lightweight unit that is the perfect option for those who like to take their grilling on the move with them.
The solid stainless lid can be locked down and the unit can be carried just like a briefcase, this makes it incredibly simple to take on a hike, to the beach or to quickly set up on the tailgate.
For a grill that can be carried easily, it has a surprising amount of cooking space and you can comfortably cook 6 - 8 burgers at one time.
Check out below why the 205 is one of my favorite Smoke Hollow Grills.
The initial setup of the Smoke Hollow 205 is quick and easy. The only tool you will need is a Phillips head screwdriver.
Since this is a fairly basic unit, there are not many parts that you need to put together. Grab yourself a beer you are done in 20 minutes.
Essentially you just need to attach the regulator, handle and ignitor assembly to the main grill body. This is easy enough to do for both total beginners or grill masters.
It is a very basic unit that is built to use on the go. So as you would expect the unit itself is very easy to cook with.
The Piezoelectric push-button ignition seems to work well, although to start with you might have to adjust the wire at the back of the ignition to get it to start. This is no major but something to be aware of.
Setting the disposable propane cylinder can be done in seconds and is very straightforward.
Cooking on the grill itself is as easy as can be. The grill comes up to the max temperature within about 5 minutes which is fantastic.
One thing I did notice is that the shape of the ‘U burner’ causes the outer edge of the grill grates to be hotter than the center. This is something to be aware of when you have a full grill, as some pieces of meat will cook/ burn faster than others.
When it comes to durability the Smoke Hollow 205 is king. The solid stainless steel construction gives this unit all the durability you could ever need.
This makes it a great choice for those of you who are often out and about camping, at the beach or just need a unit that you don’t have to worry about in the back of the trailer, RV or pick-up.
Cleaning the Smoke Hollow 205 couldn’t be easier, and this is something that I absolutely love about this grill.
When you are grilling out in nature the last thing that you want is a unit that is difficult and time-consuming to clean.
The grill grates and flavorizer bars seem to come clean enough with a quality grill brush. I have not encountered super stubborn baked on scum, however, the usual baking soda method would work a charm on these.
Thanks to the stainless steel construction both the interior and exterior of the unit are easy to clean. A bucket of warm soapy water and a decent cleaning cloth is all you should need. You can use a scraper for the more baked on scum, however, do remember it is stainless so you may damage it.
One thing that you must keep in mind is because of the units stainless steel construction it can take a fair while to cool down - Do not try to clean this unit when it is still hot, you will get burnt.
Cleaning the drip tray is also very easy. You will find this at the bottom of the grill on the left-hand side. It does a fairly decent job of catching all the drippings, grease and other scum from your cooking session. I found that if you dispose of the scum as soon as the grill is cool enough, you should just be able to wipe the tray clean with warm soapy water.
The Smoke Hollow 205 (and parts) comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Smoke Hollow also offer a guarantee that there will be no broken or damaged parts at the time of purchase. For more details check out the Smoke Hollow Grill warranty.
Personally, I have never had to deal with Smoke Hollow under warranty conditions. However, I have heard from others that they are quick and hassle-free.
For a grill that is well under the $200 mark, you are getting a good deal.
This unit that is made for transporting & setting up anywhere. What's more is that is it built out of solid materials so it won’t get destroyed in the back of your pick up, tucked away on the RV or trailer.
Having the added bonus of a lid that locks securely in place and legs that safely fold away makes for a worthwhile purchase that I would be happy to pay upwards of $200 for it.
If you are often out in the wilderness and need a grill that can be easily stored, transported and set up the Smoke Hollow 205 is or you.
It might lack fancy bells & whistles, but let’s be honest when you are cooking in the woods, at the beach or on the back of your truck do you really need anything more than what the 205 has to offer? Personally, I don’t think so.
If you are after a grill that is not going to break the bank but will consistently cook great tasting food without a fuss, the 205 is a perfect choice.
This grill would have got a perfect 5/5 if it was not for the minor issues of the ‘U-burner’ causing an inconsistent grill grate temperature and the overall temperature fluctuation a lot when the grill was exposed to moderate winds.
The Best Allround Smoker For The Avid Backyard Smoker
Trying to find a smoker that has enough space to cook for your planned guests isn't something that you should have to stress about. Same goes for worrying about the price tag when you have made your selection and you are buying it.
The Smoke Hollow 38202G is a vertical style smoker that has a large total cooking space of 3.4 cubic feet, this will easily take care of all your cooking needs without having to carefully plan or pre cook food.
I know what you are thinking, when buying a big grill you are going to get a big price tag too, however Smoke Hollow have really outdone themselves with the 38202G.
It is a relatively low - mid priced smoker that doesn't skimp on essential features or the quality of materials used.
A 20,000 BTU burner combined with solid steel construction and welding ensures that you can constantly hold your cooking temperature without having to come back time and time again to check it. This makes it a great unit for low and slow cooks and ensures that you are doing what you do best - entertaining your guests.
The only thing you need to make sure of is that the water pan is full, it is a tad on the small side.
Setting up the Smoke Hollow 38202G can be a little time consuming, however, the instructions on the user manual are very easy to follow. You will only need a phillips head screwdriver, a pair of pliers and around 3 beers.
The Smoke Hollow 38202G is an extremely easy smoker to use. Even if you are new to smoking you will be able to pick this up after the first couple of uses. The two adjustable vents allow you to control the internal temperature of the cooking chamber and allow more or less smoke, dependingg on what you are cooking you may want a smokier flavour than other items. If you require different amounts of cooking space on each rack it is as simple as pulling out the racks and adjusting them as you need them.
Overall the Smoke Hollow 38202G is a fairly solid and durable unit. It does wobble a bit when you bump it, however its not going to fall apart on you. This is mainly because of the smaller legs, the unit itself is solid. The unit is mainly constructed from welded steel and will handle you general, everyday knocks and bumps that are common around your yard.
As far as cleaning goes the 38202G is as easy to clean as any other vertical style smoker. If you clean down your smoker after every use it will be easier to keep clean. After each cook once the smoker has cooled a little scrape of any build up on the side walls, base and shelves. Once scraped give a good wash over with warm soapy & water.
After that simply open the drain and rinse with clean fresh water. If you stay on top of this job it won’t ever be a big mission. The best cleaning hack for any smoker is a line your drip pan, water pan and wood chip trays with foil, that way you can just throw away the foil after use. You can also use a disposable foil pan in place of your standard one.
Coming in at just under $200 the Smoke Hollow 38202G is by no means the most expensive smoker in their line up.
Even though it is a low - mid price range smoker you still get a quality welded steel main unit, porcelain coated water/drip pans, two separate compartments and great smoke and temperature control.
This is a great value for money smoker and one that won’t let you down year after year.
Overall the Smoke Hollow 38202G 38 inch is a good unit that should be in every backyard smokers line up. It has enough room to smoke everything from multiple racks of ribs, pork butts to row after row of sausage and cheeses. Genuinely a good unit.
Using the smoker is very easy, however, one thing that you do need to be mindful of though is strong wind. In my experience (and experience of others according to Amazon reviews) the flame can go out if it is exposed to strong winds. Smoke Hollow do advise to use this unit (and others) facing downwind to avoid this issue. Or just find somewhere in your backyard that is not exposed and you have an easy fix.
After the initial setup there is minimal maintenance aside from keeping the smoker clean, which if you are new to smoking you can learn very fast as vertical smokers are generally a very easy unit to keep clean.
I would recommend this smoker those who like cooking a wide range of foods in bulk but don’t want to pay through the roof for it.
The bottom line is: The 38202G is a fantastic entry level - professional smoker at an affordable price.
The Best Table Top Grill For For The Home or Camper
The Vector by Smoke Hollow Grills is all about versatility. It is one of the only table top style grills that also doubles as a smoker! This so good news for you guys out there who do not have a tonne of room for a vertical or barrel smoker but still need to get your fix of smoked food!
The Vector 3 burner comes with three burners in total, two 6,5000 BTU main burners and one 3,500 BTU burner for the smoke tray. That is plenty of heat to maintain temperatures ranging from just below 175-degree Fahrenheit for low and slow cooking all the way up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab yourself a pizza stone and you can even cook a pizza on here!
For a grill that has so much versatility, it is relatively cheap, coming in at just slightly under $200. For that price, you get lots of features such as folding side tables, foldaway legs, and even a locking lid.
The set up can take a little while. I am by no means a professional, but it took me well over an hour to get everything set up. By my count, you are going to need at least 4 beers for this.
On the bright side, the user manual is fairly straightforward and easy to follow and all you need to set it up is a Phillips head screwdriver.
Overall it is an easy little unit to use. All 3 of the burners seem to start every time thanks to the push to start ignition.
When it comes to cooking, the 2 burners produce an even heat throughout the grill. This is thanks to the geometrical "V" shape design. When using the unit as a smoker it produces a nice amount of smoke and holds a consistent temperature when measured with my iGrill thermometer.
All and all it is a nice and simple unit that cooks everything from smoked chicken breast to a pizza without any trouble.
On a whole the unit is solid. It has a heavy duty lid and even though it is heavy the 3 legged design saves a little bit of weight so overall it is not to heavy to transport.
The porcelain-coated wire cooking grids and porcelain-coated wood chips trays are well made and feel as though they will stand the test of time. The stainless steel burners are well constructed and you don’t get any movement out of them when transporting. This
The porcelain coated cooking grates are a breeze to clean, while they are still warm you can get nearly all of the leftovers off with hot soapy water and a rag.
The drip tray is easily accessible and seems to catch most of the mess, even when cooking fattier cuts of meat or ribs covered in sauce!
Again this unit comes in at just under $200. In my opinion for a grill that doubles as a smoker, you can’t go wrong at this price point.
When smoking it produces a nice deep smoke flavor and keeps a consistent temperature.
Whether you are buying this as a secondary unit for the backyard or as your main cooker it the RV you are getting great value for money in my eyes.
If you are looking for a unit that is transportable, fairly cheap and versatile the Smoke Hollow Vector 3 burner is a great choice.
Coming in at just under $200 it offers everything you need from a harry handle, temperature gauge, multiple cooking options and fold away side tables.
It is a smoker grill that I feel is designed for those who don’t have a whole lot of space in the backyard or for those who need a decent unit to take away camping or to store away in the RV.
Because of the awkward weight and the fact that you need a 20 lb tank to run it I would not recommend this for those who are planning on carrying it by hand a long distance.
The bottom line is that this unit is great for cooking a wide range of foods when you are in your home away from home.
The Little Brother of the 38 Inch - Perfect For A Smaller Family
The Smoke Hollow 30164G 30-Inch propane smoker is the smaller, little brother to the above 30164G 38 Inch.
Essentially it is an excellent cheap to mid-range smoker that is perfect for those of you out there who don't need a huge unit and can't quite justify spending a lot of money on a smoker.
It is a basic vertical cabinet style smoker that genuinely delivers great tasting flavors. Because of its price, ease of use and quality the Smoke Hollow was highly rated back in 2014 & 2015.
This is a smoker that I would highly recommend for anyone out there looking to get into smoking but is not still 100% sure if it's going to be something that you will consistently use.
The 504 square inches of total cooking space is more than enough to feed a smaller family or to cook multiple racks of ribs, briskets or Boston butts when the extended family comes over.
Putting the unit together can be a little tim consuming for someone who has not set up a smoker before, however, with some methodical thinking and a couple of beers it can be done by anyone. The setup instructions are clear and easy to follow.
The Smoke Hollow 30164G is an easy and straightforward unit to use once set up. Vertical propane smokers, in general, are a perfect design for beginners or novice smokers.
This is thanks to the simplistic design and overall style. The wood chip pan and water pan are easily accessible and of good quality. They could both be a little larger, however, for the price you are paying for the unit restocking the chips every 2 - 3 hours isn’t such a big problem.
As its big brother, overall the unit is durable.
The main unit itself is constructed of steel and seems solid. It has welded seams which adds to the overall sturdiness. It will easily live up to general, everyday knocks and bumps in the backyard.
I can see this unit being a part of your family for a long time.
When it comes to cleaning vertical smokers it is important to remember that the better you clean and maintain it, the better results you will get the easier it will be to clean next time.
I like to wrap the drip pan with foil, this helps when it comes to cleaning because all you need to do it take out the foil and give the actual pan itself a quite wipe down. Because the racks are coated they are very easy to clean too.
Depending on exactly what you were cooking all it usually takes to clean them is some soapy warm water and a cloth while they are still slightly warm.
For a unit that is priced in the $100 - $150 mark, I would say that you get great value for money.
On a whole, the unit produces a quality smoky flavor and is built with decent craftsmanship. The few downsides that I found to the smoker definitely do not deter me from this unit.
From what I have read about different peoples experiences with replacement parts or general help with their units, everyone seems happy with their Smoke Hollow grill.
This 30 inch Smoke Hollow smoker does have a couple of minor downsides, however, they are easily fixable or problems that you can avoid with a little preparation.
For this reason, I would not hesitate to say that it is a smoker that should be in backyards all over the country.
It is at a price point that is affordable for every budget and a good option for those who are not quite sure if smoking will be something that you want to pursue more seriously.
If you are a veteran of the smoking world, this is a great unit to use as a second or third back up for when you have a bigger crowd or project in mind.
It has enough room to comfortably cook for the whole family without needing to do multiple cooks.
The bottom line is that the Smoke Hollow 38202G is a budget-friendly smoker that does not skimp on performance or flavor.
Smoke Hollows Number 1 Gas Grill
When you think of a 4 burner gas grill I bet you start thinking of dollar signs. Fortunately, with the Smoke Hollow LS2418-4 it does not come with a hefty price tag.
Generally, you would think that this might mean that it is going to be a cheap unit that doesn’t perform. However, I can assure you that this is not the case for the Smoke Hollow LS2418-4.
It has a very sleek design and is backed up by 4 x 7,500BTU burners, 2 wheels, a side table, and heating rack.
In my opinion, everyone needs a grill in the backyard. Nothing beats getting out of the kitchen, grabbing a beer and cooking outside... It's a fact that steak tastes better cooked on an outdoor grill.
The LS2418-4 won’t be winning any awards for the best grill in town or the grill with the most features, however, what it will do is cook for a regular sized family and deliver a good tasting result.
Setting up can take a little while. You will want to set aside a good couple of hours if you have never set up a grill before or at least an hour otherwise.
Having a buddy there with you and a couple of beers does seem to speed the process up though!
The instructions are easy to follow and to explain everything well, there is just a lot of small steps to follow.
Since the Smoke Hollow LS2418-4 doesn’t have too many fancy or technical features it is an incredibly simple grill to use. The electric ignition works well and it is very easy to get the grill started. All burners are controlled separately.
Because it is such a simple and easy to use grill I would highly recommend it for anyone starting out in the grilling adventure.
Overall this Smoke Hollow grill unit does feel a little on the flimsy side. It's not going to fall apart on you but it does wobble a fair bit.
If you are using this unit out in the backyard near where the kids are playing do be aware.
Considering the price of this grill I will say in confidence that you do get value for money. It is a very simple grill that does what it is designed to do very well.
If you have a slightly larger budget you could go for several other grills that have a few more handy features and a little bit more of a sturdy build, but for around $150 you really can't go wrong in my eyes.
Although the Smoke Hollow LS2418-4 won’t be getting any awards for the most innovative, or technical grill it does what it is designed to do perfectly.
It has enough space to cook for a regular sized family and It does include all the features you need to cook a tasty barbecue.
I think this would make a perfect first grill for a small family who doesn’t have the biggest budget.
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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