The Camp Chef 18 Inch Smoke Vault Propane Box HD Steel and Stainless Door Smoker is a sturdy unit that is designed for cooking and smoking outdoors. One jerky rack, two regular racks, and a water pan are inside behind the attractive stainless steel door. This smoker is built to last for years of smoke sessions.
This smoke vault is a basic propane smoker. With around the cost of purchasing enough coal to keep a coal-burning smoker going, propane for the same smoking takes a lot less effort. Still, little wood chips or briquettes can be added if desired on the wood tray for the flavor.
Besides having enough power to smoke meats, seafood, and more, this gas smoker will dry jerky and bake bread. Cookware and even Dutch ovens less than 18 inches wide fit within the inside measurements of this durably-made Camp Chef smoker.
The Pros and the Cons
Considering the positive and negative details about a product is wise. Purchasing a specialized item like this traditional smoker is an investment. Most buyers want to be informed.
Using This Smoker
Of course, seasoning first according to the directions makes a big difference in how the smoker performs. Filling the water pan is necessary for moisture during the smoking process. Then, well-seasoned wood chips, chunks, or both should be used for the smoky flavor.
For maintaining internal temperature, this unit is fabulous. Still, the temperature gauge is not always accurate. Purchasing a separate thermometer is recommended as stated in the above “cons” to track the cooking temperature, during the cooking process for maximum heat control.
With plenty of cooking space, this smoker is large enough for most home smoking. This 18-inch smoker has two racks and a jerky rack that will smoke two chickens, steaks, or a mix easily. Still, separate smokers should be used for seafood and hot dogs to keep the preferred smoked flavor. A “fishy” brisket is not very appealing.
Especially for beginners, a good book or website that has temperatures and times for smoking different items is very helpful. Information that includes smoking theory, tips, and even recipes helps make smoking projects successful.
The Camp Chef Smoker’s Overall Performance
Camp Chef Smoke Vault
This simple smoker features two adjustable smoking racks, a jerky smoking rack, a water pan, a heavy gauge steel wood chip tray, or wood chip box and a removable porcelain base tray for easy cleanup. It heats up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit and you can check the temperature on its door thermometer.
While some negatives are listed above, the overall performance of this vertical smoker is excellent, making it perfect outdoor cooking equipment. The temperature keeps evenly throughout the cooking and smoking time. If directions for the equipment are followed, this unit will do a superb job of smoking anything the user wants to smoke. Awesome flavor and smoking perfection are regular occurrences with this Camp Chef Smoker.
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