The Bottom Line
It is hard to differentiate between gas-powered smokers. They are little more than metal boxes with a burner in the bottom and racks to hold food. This isn't saying that making a good gas smoker is impossible, or even really all that hard. Unfortunately, most are thrown together to complete a product line because there are people out there who think this is the better solution, the convenience of gas, with all the benefits of a smoker.
The smoker from Landmann has some good features, but the construction quality brings it down in the end.
- Compartmental access with two pullout drawers
- Limited quality construction
- Racks are relatively small
- Doors do not seal, leaking smoke and heat
- One 13,500 BTU cast brass burner
- Four 175 square inch steel wire cooking grates
- 698 square inches of total cooking area
- Powder coated steel sheet metal construction
- Porcelain-coated wood chip and water pans
- Large smoker door
- Two pullout drawers access the water pan and smoker tray
- Piezoelectric rotary ignition
- Made in China by Landmann-USA
Guide Review - Landmann Smoky Mountain Vertical Gas Smoker Model# 3495GLA
What I like about this smoker is the easy access to the water pan and smoker tray. Even in two door gas smokers getting into these necessary parts can be awkward at best. This smoker has two drawers in the bottom so that the user can pull out the water and smoker trays independently to replenish them easily and without letting all the heat and smoke escape.
On the other hand, the Landmann Smokey Mountain 2-Drawer Smoker has a number of shortcomings. The door is held closed by a magnet, which simply doesn't work well. Even people who like this smoker have to admit that they have either added a latch or use a bungee cord to keep the door closed. The metal on this unit is thin and with all the spaces between the drawers and door, it is hard to maintain a consistent temperature, especially when the wind is blowing.
Additionally, the racks are rather small making some smoking tasks, like a whole rack of ribs rather difficult. Simply put this is a small smoker that would have been better if it were shorter and had three larger racks instead of the four small ones it has. It should also be pointed out that the drawers can bind up since they are not on any kind of roller, but just slide into a simple bracket.