The 5 Best Offset Smokers of 2018

Oct 16, 2018 | Grills, Reviews

Offset smokers were a traditional design used frequently 50 years ago. They went through a period of unpopularity in the 90s and 00s, yet they’re in something of a renaissance period right now.

With that popularity, lots of manufacturers are starting to bring out offset smoker designs and I thought it was time to put some of the best on the market to the test.

Let’s take a look at what these smokers have to offer.

Top 5 Offset Smokers

NameCooking SurfaceWeight 

Oklahoma Joe

900 sq. inches

180.8 lbs

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Dyna-Glo

1382 sq. inches

124.3 lbs

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Dyna-Glo

784 sq. inches

57 lbs

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Dyna-Glo

962 sq. inches

169.4 lbs

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Rivergrille

1713 sq. inches

352 lbs

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Oklahoma Joe

Cooking Surface

900 sq. inches

Weight

180.8 lbs

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Dyna-Glo

Cooking Surface

1382 sq. inches

Weight

124.3 lbs

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Dyna-Glo

Cooking Surface

784 sq. inches

Weight

57 lbs

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Dyna-Glo

Cooking Surface

962 sq. inches

Weight

169.4 lbs

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Rivergrille

Cooking Surface

1713 sq. inches

Weight

352 lbs

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1. Best Overall

Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow Smoker

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This smoker comes with a cooking surface of 900 square inches; the main chamber consists of 619 square inches while the firebox chamber consists of 281 square inches. These dimensions are pretty much ideal.

Other than the basics, we also get four baffles that allow the smoke and heat to go through the main chamber in order to grill the food even more effectively. Along with that, we have a firebox chamber that is enhanced with a huge stainless steel fuel basket and special clean-out door that allows you to remove the excessive ash easily.

If you want a universal solution for any kind of barbecue, this is the smoker for you. Even though it may look a bit dated, the functionality of this product is far superior to the functionality of many other high-end smokers.

Pros and cons

  • Superb functionality
  • Great for any kind of barbecue
  • Reverse flow smoker
  • Several suggest modding. This can sometimes be necessary with Oklahoma Joe.

2. Best Value

Dyna-Glo Vertical Offset Smoker

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If you’ve ever wanted a smoker that you can use to prepare plenty of barbecue at once – this is the product for you. With 1382 square inches, you can even prepare barbecues for huge events like weddings and anniversaries. And, if we are talking about an everyday basis, you can prepare meals as well.

If that’s not enough, you also get a bonus – you get a grand total of 284 square inches in offset cooking space. So, if you need some additional food that will make your barbecue even more delicious, you can grill it right here with this additional surface.

Even though the whole set is pretty big, we can confirm that it’s very stable. Five chrome plated cooking grates will ensure that your barbecue is cooked by using the latest standards while heavy-gauge steel construction ensures that the smoker is as durable as it can be.

If you’re a huge barbecue enthusiast and if you want to prepare your favorite food in large quantities, you won’t find a better smoker than Dyna-Glos vertical smoker.

Pros and cons

  • Great for large quantities of meat
  • Unique vertical design
  • Quite heavy
  • Set up is a bit time consuming

3. Best on a Budget

Dyna-Glo Offset Smoker

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Dyna-Glo is a huge name in this market so, naturally, we had to include more than one of their products. While the basic concepts of these two smokers are almost identical, this is still a unique product that should be treated separately.

As you might notice, the overall design of this smoker is slightly different compared to other smokers. First of all, the heating surface comes in the form of an iron burner. With a capacity of 15 000 BTU and a cooking surface of 784 square inches, you can smoke up to 100 lbs of your food at a time. The smoking process is very quick as the whole unit is supported by an electronic pulse ignition system that ensures that your food is prepared quickly and efficiently.

As the smoker has a special dual door design, you won’t see any heat loss whatsoever. Moreover, as the body is made from a high-temperature powder coat, you can rest assured that your smoker will last for a while.

Pros and cons

  • Holds a lot of food
  • Adjustable and removable racks
  • Door thermometer
  • Damper on the firebox needs a handle
  • Double check the seals between the firebox and the smoke box.

4. Best Standard Offset

Dyna-Glo Signature Series

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Unlike many conventional offset smokers, this one has quite a unique design and it’s much bigger than an average smoker. Also, you get a total of 962 square inches – the main cooking area is 675 square inches while the offset cooking area is 287 square inches. The smoker is equally great for processing barbecue and different kinds of additional food.

Many smokers have lids that are very tough to handle, but not this one. Thanks to a cool-touch spring handle, you can operate it effortlessly. And thanks to a 100% steel construction, you can be sure that this smoker will provide exceptional durability.

There are not many great smokers that are so good yet affordable at the same time, but this one is an obvious exception.

Pros and cons

  • Great flexibility for a smoker
  • Great durability thanks to heavy-gauge steel construction
  • Cool touch spring lid handle
  • A bit expensive

5. Best in Capacity

RiverGriller RG Rancher’s Grill

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And the last smoker on our list comes from another well-known name one market – RiverGrille. While most of their smokers are good candidates for a list like this, this smoker is probably the best one they’ve made. So, we believe that’s a good enough reason to include it here.

There are not too many original features here but, nonetheless, the smoker does its job perfectly. The whole construction is very sturdy and, we can add, quite heavy as well. The body is made from steel to ensure maximum durability while the legs are made from wood to provide the needed stability.

The smoker provides a total cooking area of 1713 square inches which is far more than in most average offset smokers. Thanks to a double-layer porcelain coating, you won’t see any heat loss during the smoking process. At the same time, thanks to a double lid construction, all of that heat will be preserved inside the cooking area itself.

In addition to the gigantic cooking area, you also get an offset firefox double that you can use to grill additional food (or perhaps food that you couldn’t place on the main surface). This surface even offers superior heat retention than the main surface.

Pros and cons

  • Largest grilling capacity
  • One piece large offset firebox
  • Porcelain coated grilling grates
  • Heaviest grill on this list

Conclusion

These were the five best offset smokers that you can buy at this point in time. As we’ve mentioned, we believe that Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow Smoker is the best solution for most of our readers, but the final choice is really up to you.

The bottom line is that you should buy a smoker that will satisfy your individual needs. When that is the case, it doesn’t matter what other people say about it. You’ve found your dreamlike product and you should be proud of yourself – that’s the ultimate goal of this article.

References

Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for Barbequesmoked.com

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