Smoke Hollow 1800CGS Review
Smoke Hollow 1800CGS
Our Rating: [usr 4.5]
|Three 10,000 BTU stainless steel tube burners|
|Cooking Surface||860 sq/inch|
Grilling your meat is such a satisfying experience, one that can be significantly improved if you are also able to do your smoking. The market for home smokers has exploded to accommodate this trend, and there are good reasons for it. Firstly, by smoking your meat yourself, you get to control the type of wood used, the depth of flavor, and the cooking time. Many people just buy smoke flavored condiments in supermarkets, such as smoked salt, smoked water, and barbecue sauce with the flavor of smoke. However, for many connoisseurs, that is just not enough. On top of that, who knows what kind of chemicals these manufacturers put into their smoke-flavored condiments? Why take the risk when you can do it yourself?
It is easier than ever to get hold of a home smoker these days, but not all smokers are the same, there are different types of power source, and different shapes and sizes. Today we will be reviewing the Smoke Hollow 1800CGS, a combo smoker/grill that is designed for people with large backyards and a lot of room.
The Smoke Hollow 1800CGS is an all in one gas/charcoal grill and smoker that is designed for large yards and even more substantial parties. It boasts a pretty impressive list of features, so let us start with the basics. This combo grill/smoker measures 45 x 22.5 x 66 inches and weighs 110 pounds. It is evident from the start that this product is aimed at homeowners who are adamant about getting the best results from their grills.
This combo grill/smoker can be powered by both charcoal and gas, which is an excellent feature because it allows for much more flexibility when grilling. For instance, sometimes you might not have time to prepare charcoal for grilling so that you would use the gas. On the other hand, sometimes you want that distinct flavor that you can only get from charcoal so that you can use that instead.
The central portion of this grill/smoker is taken up by the gas grill, which is in the center. It comes with two distinct hoods so that you can check on one batch of meat without disturbing the other. The dials for the temperature of the gas grill are located right below, on the side of the grill, and there are three different dials. You can also use this section as a gas smoker, which is what the third dial is for.
To the left of the gas grill is the range top that is used for various toppings you may have to prepare for your meat. Naturally, this is also powered by gas and can be closed off when not in use. It comes with a separate temperature dial that allows you to control gas flow independently from the central unit.
To the right of the main gas grill is the offset grill. It has its distinct hood and space for wood chips and charcoal. This comes in very handy when you want that charcoal flavor, or when you just need more space to grill all the meat you have prepared.
The Pros and Cons
No product is perfect, and we have to take all the flaws into account when we are deciding on a product, in addition to all the features. Let us take a look at some of the pros and cons of the Smoke Hollow 1800CGS.
- Versatility: The Smoke Hollow 1800CGS is a very versatile product, combining all the features you may ever need for your grilling. With this combo grill/smoker, you will never need to buy an additional element, since everything is included here already.
- Durability: Some users have reported that the construction of this grill/smoker is not up to scratch. There have been complaints of warping and loose screws, as well as the paint coming off due to the high heat. The legs of this unit have also been labeled as flimsy and unreliable. Make sure you check out all of these complaints before you commit to purchasing.