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Can you smoke with wood in this smoker?
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On average, how many smoking bisques get used per hour?
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How long do the bisquette last, # of hours?
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Masterbuilt Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse

The Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse is an easy-to-use electric smoker that allows you to cook your favorite foods. This powder-coated steel smoker is styled like a refrigerator and has the capacity of holding up to 30 pounds of smoked foods, including treats such as barbecue chicken, jerky, or ribs. This Digital Electric Smoker has a digital control panel that allows you to set the temperature anywhere between 100 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also conveniently set the timer for up to 24 hours. You must of course be around to add wood chips, but this can be done with ease through the convenient side door. This Masterbuilt electric smokehouse has an internal smoking space of 4320 cubic inches. It also comes with four steel wire mesh cooking racks. The 800 watt heating element ensures quick cooking of the most difficult meats.
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Questions & Answers for Masterbuilt Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse

Question

can you smoke in the rain?

asked 5 years, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I did...under a covered patio. I didn't notice any difference in the time or quality. It has a good seal and keeps a consistent temp range.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 2
Masterbuilt recommends to not let smoker be in the rain since the electronic controls are located on the top. Now put it under a canopy or awning, then go for it. I have mine outside on back porch...I smoke in the rain, but made a large umbrella holder to set over the smoker.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 3
Rain has caught me while smoking, but be sure to use a properly grounded exterior outlet.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 4
Not this one, unless well covered. It has an electric control panel, that I would think would not work well wet!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 5
Wear a raincoat LOL. I'd keep the smoker under a shelter. It IS electric.
answered 4 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 6
It is water proof but we planned on trying to keep it out of the elements to make it last longer. In the winter it will be used on the deck, but then brought in the garage when cooled down.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
lovetobuild18
 - Wisconsin
answer 7
No. Not if the unit is exposed to precipitation. I use it under a shed and then put a cover on it when finished and the unit has cooled.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 8
It's electric so I wouldn't want the cord out in the rain.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 9
If you want, but manual says not to let unit get wet or leave in rain as the electronic timer and thermostat on top will short.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 10
I have owned this smoker for over 2 years. It has ALWAYS been stored on my back deck, which is uncovered. I live in northern Pennsylvania, and I have smoked while it was raining, and even when it was snowing. A few weeks ago, I smoked our Christmas turkey in it, 16 LB. and it was about 20F outside. I hope that answers your question.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
By
Mentalmatt
 - Hazelton, PA
answer 11
I suppose you could use it in the rain, but to protect the finish and electronics, I wouldn't!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
denngril
 - Yakima, WA
Question

Does this product come with a cookbook or a guide for smoking? If not, where can you find recipes and/or ideas?

asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
2grandma
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
I found recipes at the Masterbuilt website. I googled a lot of other ones.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
mywlmrtrvr
 - Oregon
answer 2
The most information can be obtained online doing a search for smoking meat. There are several forums that will appear and they have an abundance of information. Using advice on the forums I found it easy to smoke a turkey for Christmas right after I bought the smoker and it was delicious! There was no cookbook included and only very basic info in the instructions.
answered 3 years ago
By
slimmy
 - Hudson, NC
answer 3
A terrific source for recipes and ideas is SmokingMeatForums.com
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 4
You have to buy the cook book seperatlly, it does not come with one.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
Huey832
 - Bloomington, IL
answer 5
Book with unit not much help. Masterbuilt web site tries to sell you one, but site does have some recipes. I smoke chicken halves 4 hrs. at 235 degrees. The same for 2 racks of pork ribs. Whole chickens 4 1/2 hrs at 235 degrees.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 6
The instruction manual has a some reciepts in it. But I used the internet and found a ton of stuff. The instructions are not a good sourse as far as a guide though...
answered 4 years ago
By
rookiesmoker
 - Florida
answer 7
Great question... I too wanted more recipes! This smoker does come with a few recipes... maybe 8? I've recommended the website below... If you sign up for their FREE news letter they will send you a bunch of really great recipes.

Texasbbqrub.com has a great list of woods for smoking and all things bbq.

Also check out... http://www.barbecue-smoker-recipes.com/

Google Smoker Recipes and look out... you'll get 100's.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 8
Just a very few recipes in the assembly/owners manual. Pork ribs work well at 225 degrees for 3 hours and followed with 2 hours in the oven at 225 & wrapped in foil. Make sure they are at room temperature when you put them in the smoker.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 9
No, and internet.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 10
LOVE this smoker, but their few recipes in instruction book leave a lot to be desired. Go to cookshack.com, and click on recipes for some excellent ones. (Cookshack sells an almost identical cooker for a lot more money)
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
SmokinSandy
 - FL
Question

How many racks in this smoker?

asked 3 years, 4 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
Mine had 4.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
mywlmrtrvr
 - Oregon
answer 2
4
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
DEMad
 - Gulf Breeze, FL
answer 3
4 racks.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Rfree54
 - West hills, Ca
answer 4
4, plus a drip pan and a water pan
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
By
rpmboy
 - Chicago, IL
answer 5
4
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
hammerhead101
 - huffman,tx.
answer 6
4 racks
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
CHRISinBonneville
 - N Bonneville, WA
answer 7
I just pulled them out and stuck them in the dish washer. So, I guess there are four cook-able racks.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
MiketheSmoker
 - Sacramento, CA
answer 8
There are four food racks inside this unit.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 9
The smoker came with 4 stainless steel racks. Depending on the meat your smoking (turkey or pork butt) you may have to remove some of them. One other item worth mentioning is that the smoker's interior is not long or deep enough to fit an entire rack of ribs in, so we've had to cut them in half, that way you can smoke about 4 racks of ribs at one time.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
reparker56
 - Aurora, CO
answer 10
Four
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
PAGAR
 - Hampton, VA
Question

can wood pellets be used instead of wood chips?

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
By
idahosmoker
 - meridian
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
I remember the manual saying not too, but I have. It doesn't take very much though to get a lot of smoke flavor. I usually only add pellets once for the entire duration.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
mywlmrtrvr
 - Oregon
answer 2
YES, BUT DONT SOAK JUST TAKE A OLD {CLEAN} SPRAY BOTTLE WITH WATER A WET THEM DOWN A PUT IN RIGHT AWAY
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
By
MOOTZY55
 - WISCONSIN
answer 3
Any wood that will fit through the opening in the side can be used however if the wood chunk is too big it will prevent the rotation of the assembly that drops it inside the smoker. I prefer chunks because they last longer than chips. The bigger chunks I split into smaller chunks using a hatchet, only takes a few minutes.
answered 3 years ago
By
slimmy
 - Hudson, NC
answer 4
Don't see why not, they should smoke just as well as chips, I would think.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 5
yes you could use pellets or chips. I had chunks and I cut them to fit the tray that is used to insert them into the smoker
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
porterpat
 - N. E. Okla.
answer 6
I think pellets would fit in the chip compartment just fine
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
By
luvtosmoke
 - colorado springs colorado
answer 7
I haven't tried it, but don't see why not. I imagine you would still have to soak them in water just like anything else...
answered 4 years ago
By
rookiesmoker
 - Florida
answer 8
My son-in-law brought some wood pellets over and I tried them. Don't use a whole package---just put in a half pack. After and hour or so add the rest to get a better smoke. They came in a little package about 3 by 5.
answered 4 years ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 9
I would make sure they are safe to cook over... We used fruit wood from a tree that went down in our yard so we know the wood doesn't have any chemicals. Plus we used the chips that we bought. They were cheap and you don't use that many.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
lovetobuild18
 - Wisconsin
Question

how much smoke does this generate

asked 3 years, 9 months ago
By
dept
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
it will easily produce more smoke than one needs for smoking. Smaller wood chips are consumed quicker than chunks and soaked wood burns slower than dry wood. It produces enough smoke that one shouldn't consider using it in an area where the smoke can't escape. Use it outdoors!
answered 3 years ago
By
slimmy
 - Hudson, NC
answer 2
We have ours in the garage when we use it, you can smell the yummy smoke smell, but the garage is not full of smoke!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
SMOKEY08
 - CDA, IDAHO
answer 3
You will only see Thin Blue Smoke coming from the vent on the top. This is the optimal amount of smoke to properly smoke any type of food.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 4
It makes enough smoke to get a smokey flavor in your food.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 5
It generates enough smoke to do the job. Too much smoke and your food/meat will come out bitter. A rule of thumb I use is only add wood/smoke the first two hours of the job. Then let the slow and low heat take over. On a single load, I use 1 cup of wood chips, half when I first put in food, second half after 1st hour. No need for more.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 6
It produces some smoke but you control the amount released from the cabinet. The amont of smoke is no more than the smoke from grilling meats on a gas or charcoal grill
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
Huey832
 - Bloomington, IL
answer 7
one hour after reaching desired temp, add one cup wet wood chips in loader. This will give good smoke taste to meat, but not overpowering
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 8
More than enough. Chips should be reduced to lessen the amount of smoke
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
wash98841
 - Washington State
answer 9
As much as you would like, Soak the chips and it's like a standard fire box smoker, place dry chips in the unit and it came out with an extremelly "Hickory Wood" taste. Found this out while learning to cook with it. Trust me and three of my friends, you won't be dissapointed!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
QFisher
 - South East US
Question

What type of wood chips can be used with this smoker? Am I able to use the Bradley Bisquettes?

asked 5 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Conroe, Tx
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
You could use the Bradley Bisquettes but they probably could not be loaded thru the barrel chip loader without breaking them into several pieces.

You would have to open the door to the smoker, then pull out the chip smoker tray and load from there.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 2
I use the Bradley bisquettes in mine. They don't always fall into the smoker pan correctly though due to their size. You can break them in half and they will work fine though. They smoke great in it.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
PAGAR
 - Hampton, VA
answer 3
I have used hickory,mesquite, and apple so far. I have some Bradley bisquettes but haven't tried them yet, they should work ,but not like in a

I have used hickory, mesquite and apple chips so far. I have Bradley Bisquettes but have not tried to use them yet.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 4
I use hickory chips I bought in a bag at walmart ($2-$3). soak 1 cup in water while unit is getting to temp. 1 hour after temp is reached drain chips and add to Masterbuilt smoker from the wood chip door on side.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 5
Actual wood... wood chips... the kind you can get in a grocery store. Make sure they are really small pieces. I use a pocket knife as slice a few into 1/8" X 1/2" chip sizes. Some "grocery store" wood chips come in very small sizes. Soak them for 30 minutes in water before you put them in the smoker. You are all set... Google smoking wood for more information. Don't use the Bradley Bisquettes. I think you'd wind up with too much smoke, but feel free to try them if you can soak them first. I really don't think that is the stuff you should use.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 6
Need pretty small chips. Don't know what the Bradley Bisquettes are.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 7
Any wood chip, dont think it will hold those briquettes.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 8
I dont see why not. I looked at their website, but couldnt determine the size of the wood bisquette. The Masterbuilt has an external wood opening of 2.75 inches diameter (I just measured mine). If it wont fir in the Masterbuilt feeder, you could always open the door to place it directly on the heating tray. But that is not opitmal.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
By
carr1on
 - Grapevine, TX
Question

do I soak chips or leave them dry

asked 2 years, 6 months ago
By
hunter61
 - sanborn,mn
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
We do not soak chips. There is no need to.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
soak chips for at least 30 minutes or else they are going to burn up fast and will leave a burnt taste on your food.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
dirtBgone
answer 3
When my husband uses the smoker, he always soaks his chips for about an hour. If you use them dry, they burn up much faster. It recommends that you soak the wood chips in the owner's manual.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
jawl
 - Sandusky, Ohio
answer 4
I soak the chips, they last longer than if you don't soak them. Soaked chips need to be added about every 2 - 3 hours.
Non soaked chips need to be added more frequently since they burn faster!!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
By
ZipThingsUp
 - El Paso Texas
answer 5
Either way works. If you soak chips though don't set them in the chip adder until ready to add. the heat will dry them out.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
DEMad
answer 6
Use them dry.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Rfree54
 - West hills, Ca
answer 7
Soak them for at least 30 mins before you use them.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
NunyaDBusiness
answer 8
If you soak them you get more smoke.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Almaliek
 - East Brunswick NJ
Question

Does this model have the internal meat probe included?

asked 2 years, 6 months ago
By
1stony1
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
It has a digital thermometer. We had to buy one separate to check the inside temp of the meat.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
No
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
mywlmrtrvr
 - Oregon
answer 3
no it does not
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
nipper34
 - parkman,me
answer 4
No, the temperature measured by display is the temperature of the smoke box (inside). We used a seperate probe thermometer to measure the meat being smoked for doneness.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
WastedKoin
 - Maine
answer 5
No. But I use an external one. The probe fits through the vent.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
DEMad
 - Gulf Breeze, FL
answer 6
No probe is included.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Rfree54
 - West hills, Ca
answer 7
No it doesn't.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
NunyaDBusiness
answer 8
No It Doesnt
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
By
Almaliek
 - East Brunswick NJ
Question

Can this smoker be used as a regular oven.(no smoke)

asked 3 years, 1 month ago
By
sting1993
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can try it without the wood chips but your smoker is seasoned so it may still have a smoky taste.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
I did use it as a regular oven for low slow cooking. But once it is seasoned, you may still get a slight smoke taste just from the smoke residue if it is not cleaned well. Just make sure that nothing drips above the heating element or you will smoke it anyway.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
mywlmrtrvr
 - Oregon
answer 3
Yes. Temp will only go to 275*F and must be used outside because of Carbon Monoxide from dripping juices burning.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
By
AZBackCountry
 - Northern Rural Ranch, AZ
answer 4
Yes, but slow cooking only as temperature max is limited
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
By
billierae
 - Keene, CA
answer 5
MAX TEMP 275 DEGREES, MOST OVEN
BAKING 325 DEGREES & UP
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
By
MOOTZY55
 - WISCONSIN
answer 6
yes, but due to the high temp of cooking, it must be used outside or in an open garage.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
By
stormywen
 - Wisconsin
answer 7
Yes, but 275 is the max temp
answered 3 years ago
By
JeffNBMN
 - New Brighton, MN
answer 8
The temperature range of this is limited, it won't reach the high temperatures an oven will.
answered 3 years ago
By
slimmy
 - Hudson, NC
Question

Can this unit be placed under a granite counter top?

asked 2 years, 3 months ago
By
3newpuppies
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I would not do that because the vent is on top of the smoker. The smoke and steam needs to escape easily.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
had a hiney (cold beer) on top of mine while I was cooking.
don't see why not. as long as the counter top is outdoors.
they still make smoke and CO2. so be careful. but are they
cool... yes
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
CookingMyOwn
answer 3
I would say no because a lot of heat and smoke comes out the top
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Charliebar
 - Michigan
answer 4
The smoke vents out the top so I wouldn't suggest it. We smoked up the house the first time we used it just bc we used it under a vent outside.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
ldoop87
 - concord nh
answer 5
the unit must have sufficient vent on top. if tight fit, no. If several inches available, under counter top will be smoked. Use own discretion on clean-up.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
Cookinggran
 - Albertville, Alabama
answer 6
This should not be used indoors. It is a smoker and would smokeup your house. If the granite countertop was outside it should be fine.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
mywlmrtrvr
answer 7
I wouldnt recommend it since this smoker gives off a lot of smoker during cooking from all of the seams including the wood tray.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
By
rrusch24
 - Phoenix, AZ
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