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Brinkmann 852-7080-V Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill with Vinyl Cover, Black

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Charcoal with Cover
  • Charcoal smoker and grill with thermometer in domed lid
  • 2 chrome-plated steel cooking grills can hold up to 50 pounds of food
  • Front-hinged door; porcelain-coated steel water pan; aluminized-steel charcoal pan
  • Stay-cool wooden handles for safe transport; vinyl cover included
  • Measures 17 by 17 by 35 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Product Details

Color: Black | Style Name: Charcoal with Cover
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 35 inches ; 29 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 28.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002XK0IM
  • Item model number: 852-7080-V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,937 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: Charcoal with Cover

The Gourmet Charcoal is our top-of-the-line double grill charcoal water smoker. It has two chrome plated steel cooking grills for a 50 pound cooking capacity. The smoker body lifts off the base for easy access to an extra-large charcoal pan, and also allows for quick and easy conversion to a waist high barbecue grill. A heat indicator in the lid eliminates guesswork. Features include porcelain coated steel water pan, front hinged door for easy access to water and charcoal pans, and wooden handles that stay cool to the touch. Includes heavy-duty outdoor vinyl cover.

Customer Reviews

This smoker is great and is very easy to use.
Douglas Case
I still think this is a great entry level smoker and while I am now looking to move up to something else (probably a green egg), I love this little guy.
Water Monkey
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn to smoke food.
Linda M Groshart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

272 of 279 people found the following review helpful By Glenn T. Howard Jr. on October 5, 2006
Style Name: Electric with CoverColor Name: Red
I have owned this smoker for 5 years now and have a few insights for those looking to purchase this smoker.

I have smoked 7 turkeys, alot of pork, and some beef all with really great results.

I love that its electric. Regulating temp with charcoal smokers can be tedious. You barely have to do anything to it except add water and chips. It will maintain the ideal temperature of 220 degrees fairly well, But there are a few issues with this smoker:

1. Materials and construction- metal is thin and the lid fits loosely. The lid is suppose to fit loosely! There is no vent so it helps with the smoke. But because the metal is thin, on cold and/or windy days, it can be difficult for it to maintain it's temp on long smokes. Often runs 200-210 degrees. This will increase your cooking time! On hot days it will run at 230- 240 degrees. Although I can't reccomend this modification to help with heat loss, I have actually heard of people fitting a electric water heating blanket to the outside of the smoker to help with this.

2. I wish the heating element was adjustable to help regulate the temp.

3. The door is small which makes it hard to add chips or water. Although you can take the unit off its base to add chips, this is akward and a bit dangerous since you may spill the water. It is nice to remove the base to help clean the unit though.

4. I installed an after market temp. gauge in the lid. (A must)

Overall a good entry level smoker that is super easy to use. Got mine at W-mart for $75. Anyhow, it's a great value for under a $100. Now after 5 years, it is about done and I need a new smoker. I will try to upgrade although after looking around at all the electric smokers, I might just buy another one of these.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By H. Feldman on November 27, 2008
Style Name: Electric with CoverColor Name: Red
***Update: I will leave the text below as originally written: so the entire paint on the inside pealed off in one giant sheet during a cold day/smoking session. The replacement seems again to be fine. ***

I've had mine for a year, and love it. It was cheap, easy and gets used all the time. It's pretty foolproof. Didn't have any of the paint problems that someone complained of. The smoker gets certainly hot enough (unsure why folks complain that this is a problem, unless they have a defective unit), as you don't want to cook the meat quickly, or the smoke won't penetrate. For the price definitely get it. Make sure to get the cover if it isn't in the box (some come with some don't) if you live anywhere there is rain, as rain + smoke/ash lead to rapid corrosion. Make sure this thing is WELL vented, as it produces unbelievable amounts of smoke if used correctly. For a big smoke, as someone noted you have to add more wood (depends on the chunk size). They note in the manual that you should not have the chunks touch the heater, so take care in placing the chunks.

PROS:
Lightweight, make sure to get cover for it.
very inexpensive
super simple (put in wet wood, put in liquid, put in meat, plug in, repeat)
produces gobs of smoke (make sure no air intakes for your house are nearby, you only do that once!
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Water Monkey on December 8, 2006
Style Name: Electric without CoverColor Name: Red
I chose this smoker mainly because I found it on sale at one of the home improvement warehouses for only $69.00!. I chose electric because I like the idea that the temp remains constant. The downside is that the temp is not adjustable. On a cool day the temp seems to hover at 225 F which is nice for longer smokes. The documentation says it should be smoking between 250F - 275F. I don't think it can get that high because of some minor issues in its shape.

The smoker has no intentional venting. However, the drum of my unit is not perfectly round; it is oblong. This causes two gaps about 12" in length and about 1/4" wide at its widest point. At first I was concerned with this, but after tasting a brisket and 2 chickens I have smoked, I like the results.

I have yet to try the unit on a hot day so it will be interesting to see what the temperature rises to. I also wish the unit was built with a thermometer to read the temp.

If you can find one of these for cheap, grab it. This is a great intro unit to smoking. I hope I get 3-5 years out of it and then I will upgrade to an insulated unit (if I am still smoking.

BTW, this can double as a small grill.

UPDATE: Okay, 6 years later I am on my second Brinkmann. About 2 years ago the heating coil broke and I had to replace the whole smoker. I actually go a deal at one of the home improvement store by taking their floor model that was missing the water basin. Got the replacement unit for $49. I have been smoking now for 6 years and I love it. Here is what I have found out about this unit over the last 6 years:

1. Temperature remains pretty constant. The key is the water basin. On a long smoke, when I do a 10- 14 lb brisket. I usually have to refill the water basin.
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