The Bottom Line
This model has been discontinued. It is replaced by the Master Forge Propane Smoker.
Gas smokers afford you better control than you find in many charcoal smokers with more power than you get with electric smokers. The problem is that most gas smokers are not built well, leak smoke and heat quickly, and don't have the capacity that lets you do large racks of ribs (or even full racks sometimes).
This Master Forge Smoker is no exception. The thin, powder coated metal box with the loose fitting doors make this a very inefficient smoker.
- Multi-fuel smoker
- Inexpensive tall box smoker
- Leaks smoke and heat heavily through the doors
- Thin, lightweight box construction
- Single 15,000 BTU cast iron burner
- Four 200 square inch nickel plated cooking grates
- Around 800 square inches of cooking space
- Comes with a charcoal grate so the unit can be turned into a charcoal smoker
- Powder coated steel construction
- Two door design with the bottom door for accessing the wood chip and water pans
- Made by GHP Group in China
Guide Review - Master Forge Double Door Liquid Propane Gas Smoker
Most gas smokers seem to have evolved from the kind of outdoor gas burner people use to do crab boils or fry turkeys. Cut a hole in the bottom of a metal box and place it on the burner and suddenly you have something that passes for a smoker.
The question is, can these be GOOD smokers? The answer is, sometimes. A good gas smoker is low in power, well insulated and all the doors seal closed to hold in the heat and smoke. To do all this, money has to be invested. The problem, and the reason that gas smokers have gotten a bad reputation, is that most of them are made with thin metal and doors that wobble closed and leak horribly.
One of these is the Master Forge Double Door Smoker (oddly with the words "Liquid Propane Gas" added to the name as if that actually makes sense).
The 15,000 BTU burner is powerful enough to get this smoker up to temperature despite the fact that the doors won't fit tightly. It also has good smoke production, but when even the most ardent of fans of a product start out by telling you how to modify something to get it right, consumers should step away and look for something that was made correctly to begin with.
I do like the two doors, though that just makes the problem worse. With one door that lets you get to the food and one that lets you get to the wood chip and water pans, you can hold in more heat than you would lose with one big door.
As an advertised "feature", this smoker has a folding side table that is large enough to hold a plate. In all honestly, I don't find this any more than a gimmick and wish, once again, that in its place was a little thicker, stronger construction.
One last warning; the makers of this grill figured that they could give an extra grate to hold charcoal over the burner space, making this a "hybrid" smoker that runs on either liquid propane gas or charcoal.
The problem with running it on charcoal is that this will accelerate the corrosion of the internal components further limiting the lifespan of the smoker. I would recommend keeping it on gas all the time. Or better yet, I would recommend looking for something better.