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on May 9, 2015
I use the Smokette Elite Model SM025 Electric Smoker for almost three years. Here is my opinion.
Mechanically it is solid. The door does allow some smoke to escape, but the fit is quite acceptable.
The woodbox is poorly designed; it is too far away from the heating elements; it has too large heat absorbing capacity (being too massive) and inadequate heat conductivity (made of steel, not copper) resulting in incomplete wood burning with the temperature set below 225°F. E.g., without a modification it is impossible to hot smoke fish at 185°F: the fish will be cooked but not well smoked.
The electronic controller is unreliable. Firstly, it consistently indicates the smoker temperature to be at least 10°F below that measured by other thermometers including a mercury analog one (even within the empty smoker). Secondly, at times it refuses to be set up requiring “rebooting” (turning it “off” and “on”). Thirdly, after 18 months of periodic use, it allows the temperature to soar far above (over 25°F) the set up temperature (even with a very little food load, like a two-pound bacon placed far away from the thermal sensor).
The food thermometer has a stiff and fragile cable with an awkward connector. It has no signal that the set up temperature is reached. It functions only when the smoker is “on” which means the heater is “on” too. Therefore, it is impossible to see the food temperature if the smoker is “off”. Granted, that an inexpensive digital thermometer can be used instead (that is what I use), but what is the point having the poorly designed and marginally useful thermometer that increases the overall cost?
In addition, please note that the lowest temperature that the smoker can be set is 140°F, whereas the less expensive Smokette Original Model SM009-2 Electric Smoker can be set to 100°F.
Conclusion: without being too categorical, today I would consider buying Smokette Original Model SM009-2 Electric Smoke instead.