The 7 Best Gas Smokers to Buy in 2018

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Smoky barbecued chicken with vegetables
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Smoked foods are delicious, and propane smokers make the process easy and convenient. All you need is the smoker, some wood chips, and a propane tank to do your smoking in the backyard or on your patio since you don’t need to worry about having an electric outlet nearby.

Dedicated gas smokers free up your grill to handle burgers and steaks, while some propane smokers can also grill, so you’ll save space on your patio with less equipment to find room for. No matter which you choose, it won’t be long before you’re smoking ribs, chickens, fish and more. Here, the best gas smokers to buy for your backyard. 



  • 01 of 07

    Best Large Capacity: Masterbuilt 20050614 44-Inch Propane Smoker

    This roomy smoker has a whopping 2,000 square inches of cooking space on four chrome smoking racks, while the dual-door design makes it easy to access the food while retaining more heat. A thermometer in the top door makes it simple to monitor the internal temperature while you’re smoking, while the front window makes it easy to check on the food without needing to open a door.

    To handle the large cooking area, there are two 8,250 BTU stainless steel burners. The push-button ignition makes it easy to start the fire, and the wood chip tray and the removable water pan have a porcelain coating so they’re easy to keep clean.

    This smoker is also available for purchase with a cover.

  • 02 of 07

    Best Mid-Sized: Cuisinart COS-244 36-Inch Vertical Propane Smoker

    With four 14-inch square removable stainless steel shelves and nearly 5 1/2 square feet of oven space, this smoker has plenty of space for ribs, ham and more, while it has a compact footprint that takes less space on your patio. The vent is located on the back of the smoker, so you can use the top of the smoker as a handy table to hold tools, sauces, or plates.

    The 40-inch hose and regulator gives you enough length to place the propane tank in a convenient spot, and the combination porcelain-enameled water and wood tray make smoking even more convenient. A thermometer on the front door makes it easy to monitor the internal temperature.

    The gas supply is adjustable, so you can control the amount of heat produced, and the rear vent can be opened and closed control both the heat and the amount of smoke that leaves the oven. The door stays tightly sealed with a simple twist of the handle.

  • 03 of 07

    Best Compact: Camp Chef 18-Inch Smoke Vault Propane Smoker

    Camp Chef Smoke Vault 18 in. Propane Gas Smoker
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    This is a compact smoker with big-smoker features, so it’s not just for small spaces. This has two adjustable smoking racks and adjustable heat control for precise smoking with the 18,000 BTU burner, while the three damper valves (one on top, and one on each side) let you fine-tune the temperature and smoke. The integrated temperature gauge lets you check the internal temperature and reads from 50 to 550 degrees, so you know when your adjustments are perfect.

    When you’re not smoking your own pastrami or bacon, this can also be used for baking bread, pies, and more. The included jerky smoking rack will have you making your own beef, chicken or turkey jerky in no time. Snap ignition lights the fire easily.

    The removable porcelain base tray, removable water pan, and heavy gauge wood chip tray make cleaning easy when cooking is done. This is also available in a 24-inch size. A smoker cover is available separately

  • 04 of 07

    Best Double-Door: Dyna-Glo Vertical Double Door Propane Gas Smoker

    Dyna-Glo Vertical Double Door Propane Gas Smoker
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    The heavy cast iron burner smoker helps distribute the cooking heat, so food cooks more evenly, while the double doors offer access to the food without opening the entire front and losing heat. Air dampers on the top and sides make it easy to adjust heat and smoke as the food cooks.

    This has a total of 784 square inches of cooking space on the four adjustable chrome-plated racks and can handle up to 100 pounds of food. There’s plenty of cooking power, with a 15,000 BTU burner. The wood chip box has handy side handles that make it easy to remove to refill and clean.​​​

    The large control dial makes it easy to use, while the decorative temperature gauge looks good while still being perfectly functional. The black stainless steel frame has a powder-coated surface and high-heat paint that will look good for years to come.

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  • 05 of 07

    Best Dual Fuel Smoker and Grill: Oklahoma Joe's Offset Propane Smoker & Grill

    Oklahoma Joe's Offset Propane Smoker & Gas Grill
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    This dual-use grill and smoker saves you space over having a separate grill and smoker taking space on your patio. It offers a total of 1060 square inches of cooking space for up to 40 burgers at once, with 750 square inches in the two main chambers and an additional 310 square inches in the firebox chamber.

    Besides offering the option to smoke or grill, this also offers the choice of gas or charcoal as a fuel.

    This smoker gives complete control over the smoking process, with fire access doors and air dampers. The firebox chamber is where wood or charcoal are burned, and that chamber connects to the main chamber to heat, smoke and flavor all of the food, allowing easy indirect cooking and perfect smoking.

    The chambers have porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates, and there is an additional cooking surface in the firebox chamber, so there’s plenty of space for all your food. Chrome-plated spring handles on all three lids will remain cool to the touch even when the fire is lit.

    The main chambers have three 12,000 BTU burners, while an additional 12,000 BTU side burner lets you warm sauces or cook a side dish, and there are three temperature gauges so you can monitor all the food. To control the heat in the firebox, you can simply raise or lower the grate or adjust the dampers to control both heat and smoke.

    A side cleanout door makes it easy to remove ash from the firebox or add more fuel.

  • 06 of 07

    Best Portable: Masterbuilt MPS 20B Patio-2-Portable Propane Smoker

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    Small but powerful, the John McLemore Signature Series Smoker can travel with you to smoke fish as you catch them at the lake or it can go with you to the neighbor’s backyard barbecue. It’s just as handy at home, with enough space to smoke dinner for a crowd on two racks. When you’re done cooking the wood tray removes for easy ash disposal and the legs fold up for easy transportation and compact storage.
    Like its larger cousins, this grill has push-button ignition and a built-in thermometer, so you can monitor the smoking temperature without opening the door. It has a single 5,000 BTU burner, a regulator knob to adjust the flame, and an air damper to fine-tune the temperature and amount of smoke.

  • 07 of 07

    Best Easy Assembly: Smoke Hollow 44 in. Vertical 2-Door Propane Gas Smoker

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    Two doors can be better than one since you can open them independently to minimize the amount of heat and smoke released when you add, remove or check the food, or when you need to add wood or water. But that’s not all this two-for grill offers. The large 6-foot capacity can cook food for a crowd, while the two 12,000 BTU burners can be adjusted separately for better heat control. Two separate lidded wood chip pans mean you can get exactly the amount of smoke that you like.

    This smoker comes with a sausage hanger and five cooking grids. Two of the grids are standard, two are optimized for jerky, and one is a combination grid and rib rack, so you’ll be ready to smoke just about anything.

    A grease drainage system sends the grease into the porcelain coated water pan, so cleaning is easy when cooking is done, while the upper window lets you peek in and see the food without opening a door. Plus, it's easy to put together making you able to start smoking right away.