Determining which smoker is best for you can depend on several factors: your lifestyle, flavor preferences, whether you enjoy the process of smoking or are just looking for the delicious end result. In this article, we will explore three types of smokers--gas, electric and charcoal--to help you choose the smoker that will work for you.
Types of Smokers
Types of Smokers
Gas SmokersMost gas smokers run off of a propane tank much like a gas grill. This allows heat to remain steady and consistent, making most gas smokers a good choice for those also new to smoking. Additionally, gas smokers are fairly simple to use — just set the temperature and monitor. And for an added benefit, they can be used when electricity is unavailable.
Charcoal SmokersCooking with a charcoal smoker is as much about the experience as it is the food. Although charcoal smokers require more expertise than gas and electric versions, the flavor that a charcoal smoker produces is hard to beat. Some things to remember about charcoal:
- Starting a fire can take a while. When cooking with charcoal, expect the smoking process to take an additional 30 to 45 minutes
- Maintaining a fire temperature can be more challenging than other fuel types. It may take a few attempts before you master the art of smoking with charcoal. Like most endeavors, however, practice makes perfect — don’t give up!
- The type of charcoal you use matters. Good charcoal can make all of the difference. Stay away from self-starting charcoal that has lighter fluid additives.
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