The 5 Best Gas/Propane Smoker of 2018

Oct 12, 2018 | Grills, Reviews

If you enjoy smoking meat, then we’ve got quite a treat for you! We’ve made a list of our top five propane smokers that will make your food taste amazing.

Each smoker has some great features, but our top pick is the Smoke Hollow PS4415 pro series 33” propane smoker. Once you’ve read our review, you’ll see exactly why it’s our favorite.

However, to give you a bit more variety, we’ve added four more amazing smokers that will also get the job done right. Ultimately, it all depends on what features you’re looking for, so read carefully.

Also, we’ve added a short buyer’s guide, in case you’re still not sure what to look for. Let’s check out the smokers.

Top 5 Gas Smokers

NameSmoking SurfaceMaximum BTU 

Smoke Hollow

475 sq. inches

22,000

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Masterbuilt

2,000 sq. inches

16,500

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Dyna-Glo

784 sq. inches

15,000

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Smoke Hollow

325 sq. inches

20,000

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Masterbuilt

1,300 sq. inches

15,400

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Smoke Hollow

Smoking Surface

475 sq. inches

Maximum BTU

22,000

Check Price

Masterbuilt

Smoking Surface

2,000 sq. inches

Maximum BTU

16,500

Check Price

Dyna-Glo

Smoking Surface

784 sq. inches

Maximum BTU

15,000

Check Price

Smoke Hollow

Smoking Surface

325 sq. inches

Maximum BTU

20,000

Check Price

Masterbuilt

Smoking Surface

1,300 sq. inches

Maximum BTU

15,400

Check Price

1. Best Overall

Smoke Hollow Pro Series Propane Smoker

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The first smoker on our list is the Smoke Hollow pro series propane smoker. First of all, if you’re looking for a smoker that can handle a lot of food at once, then this is it! The smoker is 33.3” high, 24.5” wide, 60.8” deep, and weighs 93 lbs.

The Smoke Hollow can cook everything from vegetables to beef jerky. You can check on your food through the viewing glass, which is a nice touch. If the smoker doesn’t have a viewing glass, you obviously have to open the door in order to check on your food. Once you do that, you inevitably alter the temperature.

This smoker has two stainless steel burners, but the interesting thing about them is that they can be operated independently! Furthermore, the Smoke Hollow also has two wood chip trays that you can load externally. Ultimately, this is a big bonus, since you won’t let out any heat when you load the wood chips.

Furthermore, if you’re on a tight budget, this smoker is great.

Pros and cons

  • Affordable
  • Large viewing window
  • Dual-burners that can be controlled independently
  • Wood chips loaded externally
  • As with most propane smokers, it can be difficult to maintain lower temperatures

2. Best Value

Masterbuilt 44″ Gas Smoker

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The next smoker on our list is the Masterbuilt 44” propane smoker. The first thing we notice is that this smoker has a large capacity which allows you to smoke a significant amount of food at once. It’s 56” high, 22.8” wide, 30.7” deep and weighs around 89.3 lbs.

This smoker has four racks altogether, and each of them is chrome-plated. Again, this smoker has a large viewing window which allows you to check the food without opening the doors of the smoker.

Furthermore, the Masterbuilt 44” propane smoker lights up immediately. Basically, as soon as you push the ignition button, the smoking process begins.

If you prefer portable smokers, then you’ll be happy to know that the Masterbuilt 44” propane smoker is equipped with wheels and a handle, so you can move it around with ease. So, if you’re planning a backyard get-together with your friends and family, you can just wheel it outside.

Pros and cons

  • Large capacity
  • Affordable
  • Dual doors with viewing windows
  • A Removable drip tray
  • A removable wood chip tray
  • Reported inaccuracies in temperature gauge
  • Some have reported minor smoke leaks

3. Best on a Budget

Dyna Glo Vertical LP Smoker

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This gas smoker is made of heavy-duty steel and is great for an outdoor barbecue. The exterior has a powdered coating which makes it quite durable. It’s 27” high, 19.2” wide, 46.5” deep, and it weighs 54 lbs.

This gas smoker is easy to assemble, and what’s more, it’s also easy to clean due to its amazing condensation and grease management system.

Unlike our first two entries, the Dyna-Glo doesn’t have viewing windows, but the double doors are well-positioned, so you don’t have to open the main door in order to access the water or wood chip pans. On the downside, you will need to be cautious when pulling out these pans, especially the chip pan. If you pull it out too hard, it will fall off the rails.

The Dyna-Glo gas smoker has three vents, so you can slightly adjust the temperature without adjusting the flames. It has four adjustable steel racks, so you can fit a significant amount of food inside.

Pros and cons

  • Easy to clean
  • Adjustable steel wire racks
  • Large smoking capacity
  • No viewing window

4. Best with Hanging Racks

Smoke Hollow 38″ Gas Smoker

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Now let’s take a look at another Smoke Hollow propane gas smoker. The Smoke Hollow 38” double-door propane gas smoker has a heavy-duty construction, and a cast brass burner. It’s 19.7” high, 27.3” wide, 47.1” deep and weighs 68 lbs.

The double-doors have stainless steel handles and a latch that uses a “Sure-Lock” locking system. Inside, this smoker has four grates that are all chrome-plated and adjustable. Basically, you can position them any way you like, depending on what food you are smoking.

The water pans are included with the smoker, and they are made from porcelain-coated steel, as are the wood chip pans. While we’re on the subject of wood chips, the Smoke Hollow 38” smoker also uses wood chunks, which we consider to be a big plus.

Overall, with this propane smoker, you get around 30 hours of smoking with just one propane tank. You can easily adjust the heat through a built-in external temperature gauge.

Pros and cons

  • Porcelain-coated water and wood chip pans
  • Chrome-plated grates
  • Built-in external temperature gauge
  • No door gaskets
  • Inaccuracies in thermostat

5. Best in Smoking Capacity

Masterbuilt 40″ Propane Smoker

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Finally, the last smoker we will recommend is the Masterbuilt 40” propane smoker. It’s 26.6” high, 18.8” wide, 36.6” deep and weighs 85.8 lbs. Also, this smoker has a whopping 1300 square feet of cooking space!

The heat levels are easy to adjust due to the built-in temperature gauge. Another great feature is the door locking system which ensures that all the smoke stays inside the smoker at all times. Overall, the entire unit is well-insulated.

The Masterbuilt 40” propane smoker has four adjustable chrome smoking racks. These racks are quite durable, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking under the weight of your food.

A water pan that keeps your food tender is included, and it is also rust-resistant. However, it seems to be a bit small which may not appeal to some people.

Pros and cons

  • Push-button ignition
  • Well insulted
  • Large cooking space
  • Single door design
  • Small water pan and wood chip tray

What to Look for in a Gas Smoker

As promised, we’ve made a brief buying guide to help you make up your mind, in case you’re still not 100% sure which smoker to choose. We’ll admit, there really are a lot of great ones on the list, so it’s easy to be indecisive. Here are some things to consider.

Size

Depending on what food you will be smoking, as well as the quantity, you’ll need to check the size or rather the capacity of the smoker. If you’re planning on preparing food at home, using small cuts of meat, then you probably don’t need to look for an ample interior. However, if you’re planning on using larger cuts, or preparing significant amounts of food for your friends and family, you’ll need a smoker that will accommodate your needs.

Portability

Generally, propane smokers are considered to be more portable than electric ones, but you should still check the size and durability if you plan on moving your smoker from one place to another.

Maintenance

Obviously, you’ll want to purchase a smoker that you can easily clean. For this reason, you need to check whether the racks are removable or not. If they are, then cleaning won’t be a problem. However, permanent racks are quite difficult to clean, so be careful. It’s next to impossible to clean all the hidden corners perfectly.

Price

In the end, we know that everyone has some kind of budget that they need to stay within. As we said, the Smoke Hollow is one of the more affordable propane smokers you’ll find, and it has a significant amount of space where you can store your meat. There is also the Dyna Glo which is the most affordable on our list.

Conclusion

Overall, we can highly recommend each of these smokers, but we still think the Smoke Hollow pro series is the best of the best. Although it’s only meant for outdoor use, if you purchase a waterproof cover, you’re good to go.

From the affordability to the overall design and functionality of the smoker, it has everything! However, it’s entirely up to you to choose your favorite. Ultimately, no matter which smoker from our list you decide to purchase, you’ll end up with beautifully smoked meat!

References

Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for Barbequesmoked.com

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