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The Best Gas Smokers for 2019

by Burning Brisket
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Nothing beats a mouthwatering hunk of meat, slowly smoked for hours on end until it reaches juicy, melt in the mouth perfection. However, as more and more of us switch to electric smokers for the set-and-forget ease and precision temperature control, we end up losing some of the portability of original smokers.

Because I didn’t mean what I said before, there is one thing that beats that delicious smoked meat. And that’s eating that delicious smoked meat wherever you want: in the parking lot just before your team kick off, out in the woods with the family, on the beach with a few beers, or around at your mate’s house for the grand final. This is where the gas smoker is your new best bud. No need to mess around with extension leads, just a canister of propane and you’re good to go.

And by that, we mean good to go smoke yourself and your family into a food coma in the gorgeous surroundings of your choice. You can thank us later!

Our pick of the best gas smokers on the market will ensure your smoking hits the spot every single time.

Best All-Round Gas Smoker:

Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical Propane Smoker

Our choice for the best all-rounder is this baby from Cuisinart. The COS-244 Vertical Propane Smoker was designed with convenience in mind. Let’s start with the vertical shape, making it space-efficient on your patio or in your garage. What’s more, with extra table space in mind, they’ve moved the vent from the top to the back of the smoker, leaving the top free to hold your utensils, seasonings and maybe even a cheeky beer. The 40-inch hose that is supplied gives you plenty of maneuverability and can be used with a standard propane tank.

Heating up takes only a few minutes, and for a controlled cook, you can adjust the gas supply to manage the heat, plus, the vent allows you to manage the amount of smoke in your oven. A handy thermometer will help you make those adjustments during your cook. It’s good to see that the wood chips are kept separate from the flames, which allows for an even smoke and level temperature throughout. No annoying flare-ups or heat spikes.

There are two doors for better access to the smoker. Both of these seal tightly with a twist of the handle to lock in all the flavor you’re brewing. Inside, you’ve got four 14 x 14-inch stainless steel shelves to stack with juicy goodness. They’re easy to remove too, for when you’re smoking up a large bird or cut of meat.

Thanks to a porcelain enamel steel tray for the wood chips and the water, you won’t spend hours cleaning up. The Cuisinart COS-244 gives you all the essentials you need to create a delicious smoked meal with a very reasonable price tag.

Stats for the Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical Propane Smoker

Fuel type: Propane Gas

Barbecue material: Powder-coated steel

Grate material: Stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 784 square inches

Model: COS-244

Dimensions: 20″ W x 46″ H x 20″ D

Weight: 69.5lbs

Warranty: 3 years

Pros of the Cuisinart COS-244 Propane Smoker:

  • Quality build from a reputable manufacturer
  • Two door design so you can add water and wood-chips without having to open the main cooking cabinet and disrupt the temperature and smoke
  • Tight door seal to minimize smoke and heat loss
  • Effective at smoking in cooler climates
  • Removable racks give great flexibility
  • Rear venting means you can leave utensils on top of the unit
  • Reputation for excellent customer service

Cons of the Cuisinart COS-244 Propane Smoker:

  • Combined wood and water tray means that when you add extra water, it drops the temperature and you lose smoke production for a while. Could be fixed by using a separate water tray

Best Budget Propane Smoker:

Char Broil Vertical Liquid Propane Gas Smoker

For those of you looking to make those hard-earned dollars go a bit further, the Char Broil Gas Smoker will deliver. Are you getting the same high quality make and build as the other models on this list? No, but it is a vast improvement on other gas smokers of a similar price.

With change from $200, you’ll have all the benefits of a gas-powered smoker, consistent heat and precise temperature control. You’ll receive 595 square inches of cooking surface to experiment with, as well as a warming rack that makes handy use of the top of the smoking chamber. The double drawer design means you still have access to the water and wood without losing heat in the main chamber. The wood chip and water pan are porcelain to take the hard work out of cleaning.

A couple of easy mods will improve the results of this budget smoker. Fit gaskets around the door to improve the seal, and use the lowest shelf inside the oven for the water, ignoring the built-in water tray, to reach those top temperatures. Now you can use that change to treat you and the family to a prime rack of the finest ribs you can get your hands on.

Stats for the Char-Broil Vertical Liquid Propane Gas Smoker

Fuel type: Liquid propane

Barbecue material: Painted steel

Grate material: Chrome-plated wire

Cooking capacity: 595 sq. in.

Model: 12701705

Dimensions: 19.5″ W x 45.5″ H x 21.5″ D

Weight: 67lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Char-Broil Vertical Liquid Propane Smoker:

  • Attractive price on an entry-level gas smoker
  • Large enough capacity to cook a decent amount of food in one go
  • Two door design so you can add wood chips and water without disturbing the temperature and smoke levels of the cooking chamber
  • Built-in temperature gauge for ease of use
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Warming rack on top of the smoker which is convenient for keeping sides warm
  • Porcelain-coated water and wood tray making it easy to clean

Cons of the Char-Broil Vertical Liquid Propane Smoker:

  • Leaks smoke which can be fixed by installing gasket tape around the door the improve the seal
  • Position of the built-in water tray makes it hard to reach higher temperatures
  • Combined water and wood chip tray makes it easy for wood chips to get wet and more difficult to get them to smoke nicely. Suggest getting your own separate water and wood trays instead

Best Portable Propane Smoker:

Masterbuilt Portable Propane Smoker

To be the envy of any campsite or beach barbecue in your social calendar, the Masterbuilt Portable Propane Smoker should be your first choice. Built with portability as a priority, this bad boy will accompany you and the family on many a cookout with impressive results.

As a Masterbuilt, of course, push-button ignition and a built-in temperature gauge come as standard. But you’ve also got a nifty little design with folding legs meaning that chucking it in the trunk or stashing it in the corner of an overstuffed garage is no drama. Those vital statistics come in at a compact 23 x 23 x 15 with the legs stowed, so now everyone’s got room for a little smoking in their lives.

Two chrome-coated cooking racks give you space for a turkey, two pork butts, two racks or ribs or four glorious chickens. So, there’s no need for anyone to go hungry, whether you’re on the beach, at a game or out in the wilderness.

Stats for the Masterbuilt Portable Propane Smoker

Fuel type: Propane Gas

Barbecue material: Steel with stainless steel door

Grate material: Chrome-coated wire

Cooking capacity: 280 sq. in.

Number of burners: 1

Total burner BTU-per-hour-input: 5,000

Model: 20050216

Assembled size (in): 23”H x 23”W x 16”D

Weight: 28.5lbs

Warranty: 90 days

Pros of the Masterbuilt Portable Propane Smoker:

  • Folding lets make it easy to fit this smoker in the car to take it anywhere you want to go
  • Stainless steel door minimizes chance of rust
  • Built-in temperature gauge for ease of use
  • Powerful propane burner to reach good temperatures for smoking
  • Push button ignition making starting it simple
  • Lightweight

Cons of the Masterbuilt Portable Propane Smoker:

  • Would have been nice if the whole smoker body was stainless steel instead of just the door
  • You need to find a reasonably stable surface to put the unit for safety as the legs can be a bit uneven
  • Only a 90 day warranty
  • Need to buy an adapter hose if you want to use it with a larger propane tank

Best Extra Wide Gas Smoker:

Dyna Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker

This Dyna-Glo LP Smoker stands out from the crowd for its extra-wide body, perfect for if you’re cooking ribs for a crowd or if like your cuts of meat jumbo-sized. You’ve got four height-adjustable cooking grates, which amount to a whopping 1,235 square inches of cooking real estate. But, that’s not all. With the sausage hooks and removable rib rack that come as standard, this baby will adapt to whatever delicious cut you next want to treat your family to.

If size really does matter (and when it comes to smoking, we believe it definitely does), size up from the 36-inch standard size to the 43-inch model. With 1,904 square inches to cook with, you’ll be smoking for the whole neighborhood.

But, whichever size you opt for, the Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker can be commended for its dual cast iron burners. This extra power does use a bit more fuel but will also keep your meat smoking whatever the weather is doing outside. The doors come pre-installed with a gasket, leaving nothing up to chance when it comes to locking that smoke right where it belongs. The temperature gauge has a “smoke zone” feature that indicates the best temperature for imparting smoky goodness to your meats. Ideal for newbies to the smoking scene who want a bit of guidance.

The unit also boasts a sturdy make, with both water bowl and wood chip box crafted from a heavy gauge porcelain-enameled steel. Their size means you won’t be popping back to check up on everything every ten minutes, which means more time for relaxing with friends, watching the game or working on perfecting your hush puppies.

Stats for the Dyna-Glo Wide Body 36" LP Gas Smoker

Fuel type: Propane gas

Barbecue material: Powder-coated steel

Grate material: Chrome-plated wire

Cooking capacity: 1,235 sq. in.

Number of burners: 2

Total burner BTU-per-hour-input: 20,000

Model: DGW1235BDP-D

Assembled size (in): 49.71 (H) x 31.28 (W) x 20.35 (D)

Weight: 74lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker:

  • Extra large cooking capacity in a wide body design that’s perfect for whole racks of ribs and other larger cuts
  • Height-adjustable cooking grates for ultimate flexibility
  • Comes standard with sausage hooks and a removable rib rack
  • Available in an even larger, 43 inch model
  • Dual cast iron burners to provide plenty of heat to this larger model and make smoking in cooler climates possible
  • Door comes pre-installed with a gasket for an extra tight fit, minimizing smoke and heat leakage
  • Large, porcelain-enameled heavy gauge water bowl and wood chip box for durability and easy cleaning

Cons of the Dyna-Glo Wide Body LP Gas Smoker:

  • Double burners do use more gas than a smaller smoker but that’s necessary when running a larger unit like this

Best Temperature Regulating Gas Smoker:

Masterbuilt ThermoTemp Propane Smoker

It’ll come as no surprise to learn that Masterbuilt has the last word in temperature regulation when it comes to gas smokers. If you’re a control-freak who values the details, you’ll be in your element cooking on the Masterbuilt ThermoTemp Propane Smoker.

Thanks to the patent-pending ThermoTemp technology, the temperature sensor controls the burner. So, once you’ve set it, you can let the unit do all the hard work, while you take all the credit. A heat diffuser allows the warmth to distribute evenly, so you won’t end up with both under-cooked and overcooked parts of your brisket.

Four chrome-coated smoking racks give you lots of room to fill with your latest experiments. The standard model offers 700 square inches of cooking space, or if you’re feeling hungry, fire up the 40-inch model and you’ll be enjoying 12 chickens, 2 turkeys, 4 racks of ribs or 4 pork butts in no time. Your wood chip tray is built into a second door, giving you the chance to experiment with different flavors and not worry about heat loss.

Masterbuilt have your safety in mind, with features such as the safety valve which will shut off the gas if the burner flame goes out. There’s also a type 1 regulator and fuel level gauge so that gas management is easy and safe. Most importantly there’s no danger you’ll run out of gas unexpectedly with a half-cooked piece of meat and a hungry crowd.

To summarize, the Masterbuilt ThermoTemp Propane Smoker is the complete package when it comes to gas smoking made easy.

Stats for the Masterbuilt ThermoTemp Propane Smoker 30"

Fuel type: Propane gas

Barbecue material: Powder-coated steel

Grate material: Chrome-plated wire

Cooking capacity: 713 sq. in.

Number of burners: 1

Total burner BTU-per-hour-input: 15,750

Model: MPS 340|G

Assembled size (in): 43.11 (H) x 23.42 (W) x 20.03 (D)

Weight: 75lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Masterbuilt ThermoTemp Propane Smoker:

  • Features a unique self-regulating temperature control so you don’t need to adjust the gas to maintain the temperature
  • Heat diffuser creates even heat distribution to avoid hot spots
  • Available in a large or extra large size
  • Fuel level gauge so you can see how much gas you’ve got left in the bottle
  • Propane cut off safety valve which automatically turns off the gas if the flame goes out
  • Two door design so you can add wood chips and water without disrupting the heat and smoke in the cooking chamber

Cons of the Masterbuilt ThermoTemp Propane Smoker:

  • The glass door design looks nice but does fog up with condensation while you’re cooking so is not that practical for seeing how the food is going

Best Extra Large Gas Smoker:

Masterbuilt MPS 250|S XL Propane Smoker

Maybe you’re a big family, or perhaps you have more friends than you know what to do with. Or, maybe you just really love smoked meat. We sympathise. And, so do Masterbuilt, who have brought out the MPS 250S XL Propane Smoker for exactly those first world problems. If you just have to be cooking on a large scale, you need this unit.

You’re looking at an absolute beast of a smoker, with 1,318 square inches of cooking space spread over four chrome smoking racks. You’ve got two burners powered with push-button ignition to ensure all that meat gets the smoky treatment. This also means you can get to high temperatures should you need to, offering the kind of versatility you’d expect from Masterbuilt.

Due to the size of this unit, the dual door design is a welcome addition, as are the built-in wheels and rear handle to make moving this beast relatively easy. You’ve also got two grease trays giving you plenty of space to catch all those drippings and a separate water pan. In terms of temperature, smoke and moisture control, the MPS 250S also steps that up a notch giving you three dampers to fine tune your cooking environment. There’s also an easy to check thermostat and user-friendly control panel, so no need to stress over your next major cook.

Stats for the Masterbuilt MPS 250|S XL Propane Smoker

Fuel type: Propane gas

Barbecue material: Powder-coated steel

Grate material: Chrome-plated wire

Cooking capacity: 1,318 sq. in.

Number of burners: 2

Total burner BTU-per-hour-input: 16,500

Model: MB20051118

Assembled size (in): 55.51(H) x 37.79(W) x 22.44(D)

Weight: 117lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Masterbuilt MPS 250|S XL Propane Smoker:

  • Extra large capacity gas smoker
  • Dual burners to give plenty of heat to this large unit
  • Push-button ignition for easy start-up
  • Dual door design so you can add water and wood chips without having to open the main door, disturbing your cooking
  • Two grease trays to handle the large capacity
  • Three dampers giving you greater control over your temperature, smoke and moisture levels
  • Hidden wheels and a rear handle to make this unit easy to move

Cons of the Masterbuilt MPS 250|S XL Propane Smoker:

  • Glass window isn’t much use for seeing through as it fogs up once the cooking is underway

Best Natural Gas Smoker:

Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24”

If you’re looking to use your natural gas supply to fuel your smoking habit, look no further than the Camp Chef Smoke Vault. Once you’re hooked up to the supply (via the optional Natural Gas Conversion Kit), there’s no need to worry about running out of juice at a crucial moment. Whilst natural gas doesn’t produce as much heat as propane, that’s no matter for your low and slow smoking needs, and you’ll save a few bucks as well.  That said, this unit works great with propane straight out of the box if you need your smoker to be portable.

As soon as you’re fired up, and that’s soon thanks to the matchless snap ignition, temperature is taken care of by using the heat-control dials and an awesome three damper valves. You have a thermometer in the door which monitors the oven temperature to make sure you’re smoking is on target.

With two adjustable smoking racks plus a jerky rack, you’ve got plenty to play with. Plus, the heavy-gauge steel wood chip tray and water pan demonstrate the excellent make on this affordable unit.

Stats for the Camp Chef Smoke Vault 24" Gas Smoker

Fuel type: Propane gas or natural gas (with optional conversion kit)

Barbecue material: Steel

Grate material: Nickel-plated wire

Cooking capacity: 600 sq. in. regular racks, 300 sq. in. jerky tray

Number of burners: 1

Total burner BTU-per-hour-input: 18,000

Model: SMV24S

Assembled size (in): 30(H) x 24(W) x 16(D)

Weight: 75lbs

Warranty: 1 year

Pros of the Camp Chef Smoke Vault Propane and Natural Gas Smoker:

  • Can be converted with a kit to use natural gas
  • Also works with propane gas as standard
  • Snap ignition for easy start-up
  • Triple damper design for precise control of smoke and heat levels
  • Two adjustable smoking racks plus one jerky rack to give flexibility to your cooking
  • Space to add two extra racks if desired
  • Heavy-gauge wood chip tray and water pan for durability

Cons of the Camp Chef Smoke Vault Propane and Natural Gas Smoker:

  • Expect some smoke leakage through the door which you can seal with a gasket if you wish

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