The 7 Best Gas Smokers to Buy in 2018

Add some flavor to your barbecued meats

Smoky barbecued chicken with vegetables
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Smoked foods are delicious, and propane smokers make the process easy and convenient. All you need is the smoker, some wood chips, and a propane tank to do your smoking in the backyard or on your patio since you don’t need to worry about having an electric outlet nearby.

Dedicated gas smokers free up your grill to handle burgers and steaks, while some propane smokers can also grill, so you’ll save space on your patio with less equipment to find room for. No matter which you choose, it won’t be...MORE long before you’re smoking ribs, chickens, fish and more. Here, the best gas smokers to buy for your backyard. 


  • Best Large Capacity: Masterbuilt 20050614 44-Inch Propane Smoker

    This roomy smoker has a whopping 2,000 square inches of cooking space on four chrome smoking racks, while the dual-door design makes it easy to access the food while retaining more heat. A thermometer in the top door makes it simple to monitor the internal temperature while you’re smoking, while the front window makes it easy to check on the food without needing to open a door.

    To handle the large cooking area, there are two 8,250 BTU stainless steel burners. The push-button ignition makes it easy to start the fire, and the wood chip tray and the removable water pan have a porcelain coating so they’re easy to keep clean.

    This smoker is also available for purchase with a cover.

  • Best Portable: Masterbuilt 20050116 Portable Gas Smoker

    Take your smoker on the road to a picnic, on vacation, or to the neighbor’s backyard with this compact gas smoker. It uses a small, 1-pound propane cylinder, which is great for portability, but you can also buy an adapter so it can use the large 20-pound tanks if you’re keeping it at home. The legs fold under for easy transportation, or for storage when it’s not in use. Even though this is small, it’s designed to hold a whole turkey or ham or a slab or ribs for dinner.

    This has a 5,000 BTU burner, so it’s not as powerful as larger models, but high heat isn’t necessarily needed for smoking. The temperature gauge on the door is easy to read, and the wood chip tray and water pan are removable for easy filling and cleaning.

  • Best Mid-Sized: Cuisinart COS-244 36-Inch Vertical Propane Smoker

    With four 14-inch square removable stainless steel shelves and nearly 5 1/2 square feet of oven space, this smoker has plenty of space for ribs, ham and more, while it has a compact footprint that takes less space on your patio. The vent is located on the back of the smoker, so you can use the top of the smoker as a handy table to hold tools, sauces, or plates.

    The 40-inch hose and regulator gives you enough length to place the propane tank in a convenient spot, and the combination porcelain-enameled water and wood tray make smoking even more convenient. A thermometer on the front door makes it easy to monitor the internal temperature.

    The gas supply is adjustable, so you can control the amount of heat produced, and the rear vent can be opened and closed control both the heat and the amount of smoke that leaves the oven. The door stays tightly sealed with a simple twist of the handle.

  • Camp Chef Smoke Vault 18 in. Propane Gas Smoker

    Best Compact: Camp Chef 18-Inch Smoke Vault Propane Smoker

    This is a compact smoker with big-smoker features, so it’s not just for small spaces. This has two adjustable smoking racks and adjustable heat control for precise smoking with the 18,000 BTU burner, while the three damper valves (one on top, and one on each side) let you fine-tune the temperature and smoke. The integrated temperature gauge lets you check the internal temperature and reads from 50 to 550 degrees, so you know when your adjustments are perfect.

    When you’re not smoking your own pastrami or bacon, this can also be used for baking bread, pies, and more. The included jerky smoking rack will have you making your own beef, chicken or turkey jerky in no time. Snap ignition lights the fire easily.

    The removable porcelain base tray, removable water pan, and heavy gauge wood chip tray make cleaning easy when cooking is done. This is also available in a 24-inch size. A smoker cover is available separately

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  • Dyna-Glo Vertical Double Door Propane Gas Smoker

    Best Double-Door: Dyna-Glo Vertical Double Door Propane Gas Smoker

    The heavy cast iron burner smoker helps distribute the cooking heat, so food cooks more evenly, while the double doors offer access to the food without opening the entire front and losing heat. Air dampers on the top and sides make it easy to adjust heat and smoke as the food cooks.

    This has a total of 784 square inches of cooking space on the four adjustable chrome-plated racks and can handle up to 100 pounds of food. There’s plenty of cooking power, with a 15,000 BTU burner. The wood chip box has handy side handles that make it easy to remove to refill and clean.​​​

    The large control dial makes it easy to use, while the decorative temperature gauge looks good while still being perfectly functional. The black stainless steel frame has a powder-coated surface and high-heat paint that will look good for years to come.

  • Best Infrared: Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill

    More than just a smoker, this handy unit also functions as a roaster and a grill, so you can free up some patio space. Speaking of space, the roasting basket can hold up to 25 pounds of food and can fit a whole turkey, or you can use the double-stack option to cook smaller foods with plenty of airflow. There is also a total of 180 square inches cooking area on stainless steel grates for grilling your burgers or steaks.

    The 1/2-pound capacity smoker box adds smoky flavor to any food can use either chips or pellets, and it creates smoke without requiring a water pan or air dampers. The temperature can be adjusted from 9,000 to 18,000 BTUs for slow or fast cooking and smoking. This uses infrared technology rather than convection, so there’s never any worry about flare-ups that can produce unpleasant acrid flavors, while it channels heat evenly and eliminates hot or cold spots.

    The specially designed propane burner heats the inner walls of the smoker and creates natural infrared heat that cooks food evenly, while the hot air escapes out the top of the cooking chamber to keep the food juicy.

    This has stay-cool handles, rotary ignition, and variable temperature control. It includes a grease collection tray, a double-stack roasting basket, and a meat thermometer.

  • Oklahoma Joe's Offset Propane Smoker & Gas Grill

    Best Dual Fuel Smoker and Grill: Oklahoma Joe's Offset Propane Smoker & Grill

    This dual-use grill and smoker saves you space over having a separate grill and smoker taking space on your patio. It offers a total of 1060 square inches of cooking space for up to 40 burgers at once, with 750 square inches in the two main chambers and an additional 310 square inches in the firebox chamber.

    Besides offering the option to smoke or grill, this also offers the choice of gas or charcoal as a fuel.

    This smoker gives complete control over the smoking process, with fire access doors and air dampers. The firebox chamber is where wood or charcoal are burned, and that chamber connects to the main chamber to heat, smoke and flavor all of the food, allowing easy indirect cooking and perfect smoking.

    The chambers have porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates, and there is an additional cooking surface in the firebox chamber, so there’s plenty of space for all your food. Chrome-plated spring handles on all three lids will remain cool to the touch even when the fire is lit.

    The main chambers have three 12,000 BTU burners, while an additional 12,000 BTU side burner lets you warm sauces or cook a side dish, and there are three temperature gauges so you can monitor all the food. To control the heat in the firebox, you can simply raise or lower the grate or adjust the dampers to control both heat and smoke.

    A side cleanout door makes it easy to remove ash from the firebox or add more fuel.

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