Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36" Propane Smoker, Black
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- 5. 45 SQUARE FEET OF INTERIOR: The spacious 5. 45 square foot interior means there is plenty of room to smoke a variety of meats along with several trays of vegetables. The vertical footprint makes it a perfect size for patios and barbecue kitchens.
- FOUR 14 X 14-INCH REMOVABLE STAINLESS STEEL SHELVES: Four stainless steel racks can be easily removed for smoking whole birds or large cuts of meat. Racks are dishwasher safe, making cleanup easy.
- BUILT-IN THERMOMETER: Features easy-to-read thermometer on the front door for accessible monitoring of the internal temperature.
- TOTAL TEMPERATURE AND SMOKE CONTROL: An adjustable gas supply gives control over the amount of heat. Optimal smoker access through two doors and a rear vent can be opened or closed to control the amount of heat and smoke exiting the oven.
- SEAL-TIGHT TWIST-LOCK DOOR AND HANDLE: The door stays tightly sealed with a twist of the handle.
- PORCELAIN ENAMELED STEEL TRAY HOLDS WOOD AND WATER: A porcelain enamel steel tray holds the wood chips and water so clean-up is easy after use. Smoker requires wood chips when grilling.
- 40-INCH PROPANE HOSE AND REGULATOR: Includes a 40-inch hose and regulator that attaches quickly to a standard propane tank. Grill works with 20lb propane tank. (propane not included)
- WARRANTY: 3-year limited warranty
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Cuisinart makes smoking delicious foods easier than ever.
A great smoker that's fun to use.
If you've been wanting to smoke your own foods, the Cuisinart 36 inch Propane Smoker is an ideal choice for any barbecue chef. The compact footprint makes it a perfect size for patios and barbecue kitchens. It's easy to set up and includes a 40 inch hose and regulator that attaches quickly to a standard propane tank. This amazing smoker can cook all kinds of food including vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, ribs, seafood, fish, large cuts of meat, and whole birds.
Temperature and smoke control.
The Cuisinart 36 inch Propane Smoker offers you more control over the oven temperature and the amount of smoke that's in the oven. An adjustable gas supply gives control over the amount of heat, and a rear vent can be opened or closed to control the amount of heat and smoke exiting the oven. It features an easy-to-read thermometer on the front door that will help you monitor the internal temperature more easily. The door stays tightly sealed with a twist of the handle.
Versatile and convenient.
This is a versatile smoker that includes four stainless steel racks that can be removed for smoking whole birds or large cuts of meat. Although it has a compact footprint, the Cuisinart 36 inch Propane Smoker has a generous 5.45 square feet of interior cooking space, which means there is plenty of room to smoke a variety of meats along with several trays of vegetables. A porcelain enamel steel tray holds the wood chips and water so clean-up is easy after use.
Cuisinart makes smoking foods fun and easy.
From the brand trusted by more chefs.
It doesn't require special training or previous experience to get amazing results with the Cuisinart 36 inch Propane Smoker.
Everything but the wood chips and propane.
Grab the propane tank and attach it to the smoker just like you would to a grill. Within minutes of lighting, the smoker will be ready to use.
A great value.
The Cuisinart 36 inch Propane Smoker also includes a recipe book with tips and recipes for making delicious smoked foods.
- 14 x 14 inch removable stainless steel shelves.
- Built-in thermometer.
- Roomy 5.45 square feet of interior space.
- Total control over heat and smoke.
- Twist-lock handle seals door tightly.
- Porcelain enameled steel tray holds wood and water.
- Includes 40 inch propane hose and regulator.
The Cuisinart Vertical 36" propane smoker provides ample smoking space with its 4 stainless steel racks & 784 square" of cooking surface. Turning the valve on a propane tank & twisting the control knob is all it takes to start this smoker. The tightly sealed doors will help with consistency while adjusting the back vent will raise or lower the smoker's temperature. This smoker doesn't have to just be used for large cuts of meat & long smoking sessions. With the ease of use & multiple cooking racks, you'll be able to smoke fun new appetizers for a party or even a more traditional meal during the week. The Cuisinart Vertical 36" propane smoker will add wonderful smoky flavor to anything you put inside. Smoke some chicken breasts for dinner in under two hours, some stuffed mushrooms for one hour, or a thick cut of meat for 10+ hours. The possibilities are endless with this propane smoker & smoking food has never been easier!
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I know a lot of traditionalists might balk at the use of a propane smoker, but it really does help make smoking much easier and convenient. The need to check the fire and temperature throughout the cooking process is all but eliminated, and that saves a lot of trips out to the smoker when you're smoking something that takes a while, like a beef brisket.
As soon as I started unpacking this Cuisinart smoker, I could tell the build quality was excellent. All of the pieces are quite sturdy and should hold up for many years. The actual smoking box is very solid, not flimsy metal like a lot of other brands. And assembly could only have been easier if someone else would've done it for me. I especially liked the clear and concise assembly instructions and the fact that all of the screws and nuts were packaged separately in their own little compartment in the box of hardware (see included photo). That made it very to know which screws/nuts were which!
The first thing I wanted to try in this smoker was brisket. I prepped the meat, put a mixture of beef broth and water in the water pan, filled the wood chip bowl with hickory chips, and got everything started. One thing I really like about the Cuisinart smoker as opposed to my Masterbuilt is the fact that the wood chips have no direct contact with the flame. This allows the chips to burn and smoke slowly at an even temperature. With my Masterbuilt, the wood chip pan has openings that allow the flame to touch the chips. This can sometimes result in flare-ups, which produce a high level of smoke and cause temperature fluctuations. No such trouble with the Cuisinart!
I also like that the Cuisinart's doors seal pretty tightly. This means there is minimal heat/smoke loss around the edges of the doors. The two separate doors also make it easier to check the flame and add wood chips without opening the main door. This helps keep the smoker temps steady. One suggestion: If the wood/water pan had a bit of a handle on it, it would be much easier to get out of the smoker while wearing silicone gloves or using a pot holder. But that's a minor gripe.
It was easy to maintain a constant temperature while smoking the brisket, even over the course of 12 hours on a cold Michigan day/night. And the finished product was every bit as delicious as other briskets I've smoked in other smokers. (See the photo I've included.)
The Cuisinart COS-244 smoker is a solidly built smoker that should serve the purposes of almost everyone. The four racks allow you to fit a lot of meat into the smoker at once. They are also removable, so you can fit bigger, taller things like a turkey inside. The handles are study, stay cool to the touch, and lock the doors tightly. Even the metal plate with the Cuisinart name on it is high quality. Like I said before, I expect this unit to last many years.
Purists may not be too keen on propane smokers, but I love them. And this Cuisinart, even though it's a bit smaller than my Masterbuilt, will be getting a workout from me going forward. I highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a well-built, excellent performing smoker. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced smoker, the COS-244 is an excellent choice!
P.S. A word about Cuisinart's customer service: When I unpacked my smoker, one of the brackets was broken off one of the racks. It was obvious that the weld just came apart somehow. So I emailed Cuisinart and got a response right away saying they would send a replacement rack out ASAP. I had the new rack in three days. Ya gotta love that!
Material seems to be top quality. In total it weighed 75 lbs. came packed in a very organized manner and the instructions were extremely easy to follow, although I recommend you have someone to assist, not because it’s hard, but holding the burner and doors on while you get you screws started will make things easier. Still not difficult by yourself but easier. They do include a tray for extra water, which some reviews mentioned the water reservoir was small. Chip bowl is pretty small but I think will be fine as it is easy to add more. I’ll be cooking with it this weekend and will add additional info then.
UPDATE: Okay I have now cooked a couple of times and here is what I find. I still give this smoker a 4* rating, however you do have to make a few small adjustments. 1st time using I simply could not get the temperature above 200 on high with my tank turned all the way up. After several hours of fiddling with it I finally pulled the bottom water/wood pan out and the temp shot up to over 350 almost instantly. It appears the issue is the bottom pan is pretty thick and fits just above the burner that it doesn't allow heat to flow up into the smoker very well, creates and essential blockage and the heat just leaves through the bottom. The 2nd time I used it I took the extra water pan and placed it on the bottom just above the burner, this proved to work a lot better, but what to do with my wood chips. I went out and bought two small bread pans from the dollar tree and placed wood chips in one of those pans and sat it on the bottom rack. The problem with this was the wood wouldn't heat up enough to smoke, so about halfway through I moved the wood/break pan into the water pan. Once the water ran out the wood would create the smoke I was looking for, but you need water, so this solution wasn't ideal.
FINAL SOLUTION: placed the extra water pan just above the burner, by removing the original, thick black pan from smoker, placed a small break pan with wood chunks inside that pan and then another small break pan with water inside it as well. This allowed the wood chips to heat up enough to provide lots of smoke and still provided the water you need to keep food moist.
With these minor adjustments that cost $3 at the Dollar Store this machine is perfect. Maintained 250 degrees for 5 hours set on low and gas about 25% on all while cooking short ribs, turkey breast, and a whole chicken.
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I have smoked chicken wings, whole chicken, pork back and side ribs, and sausage. all were delicious