Char-Broil Vertical Smoker Review

The Power to Change a Skeptic

You can say that the Char-Broil 30 in. Electric Vertical Smoker has changed my opinion about electric smokers. I have always been a skeptic of electric smokers. I have thought that they can’t cook meat like any propane or charcoal smoker can.  I also thought these electric types will cost me big time when my electric bill arrives.

Char-Broil 30 in. Vertical Smoker

Char-Broil 30 in. Smoker

All of that changed when I started using this vertical smoker. I didn’t buy it; it was a gift from my in-laws. They thought it was a good idea to give me one since I have been smoking meat for them during Thanksgiving using my trusty old charcoal smoker. They said that I “slaved” to create a wonderful meal so I deserved to get something better.

I just went on with it and used this smoker since I didn’t want to offend anybody. Needless to say, I was totally blown away when I first used the Char-Broil.  I’m not saying that it’s the best smoker out there; but I can say that it has some really good strong points over a charcoal smoker such as the items mentioned below.

Top Reasons Why I Highly Recommend this Electric Smoker

  • BETTER AT MAINTAINING EVEN TEMPERATURE: I have tried a many different smoker recipes on this thing. After all that time smoking, I really enjoy the even temperature this smoker is able to maintain. That is pretty hard to do on a charcoal smoker. The temperature gauge is a convenient addition or extra feature.
  • NO NEED FOR CONSTANT MONITORING: I guess this is one of the best things about smokers of this type. You don’t need to continuously monitor the food and the entire smoker itself. The way this electric smoker is designed, I can check the water and the wood chips easily and quickly without having to disturb the internal temperature.
  • EASY TO USE: If you have used charcoal smokers, you definitely know how laborious it is to use. I have personally found out that electric smokers are a lot more convenient to use. Set the dial to something like 300 degrees or higher than the temperature you need. Once the chips start to smoke turn the temp down to the setting you need; and that’s practically all the hard work you need to do.

Click here for the Char-Broil Vertical Smoker specifications


  • The dimensions of this Char-Broil electric smoker are as follows: 17.5” x 20” x 37.8”. Its total weight is 49.6.
  • This electric smoker is equipped with a heating element that packs 1,500 watts of power. Smoker comes with a bezel and its own temperature gauge.
  • This Char-Broil smoker comes with three cast iron chrome plated cooking grates. It provides you with 504 square inches of total cooking space. Handles are chrome plated as well.
  • This electric vertical smoker comes with all the necessary accessories such as an ash pan, a water pan, and a wood chip pan.
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I don’t really have any major complaints about this Char-Broil vertical smoker. The only downside is that it had a bit of corrosion when it got rained on. Well, that was partly my fault since I left it outside. I guess the housing isn’t designed for the outdoors. But that doesn’t affect the great performance of this Char-Broil 30 in. Electric Vertical Smoker.

 Final Verdict

Char-Broil 30 in. Vertical Smoker

Char-Broil 30 in. Electric Vertical Smoker

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Char-Broil Vertical Electric Smoker
The Char-Broil Electric Vertical Smoker is a great way to smoke all kinds of foods with a large smoking chamber and 3 adjustable cast iron cooking grates totaling 504 Square Inch The insulated, doubled walled construction is ideal for maintaining even temperature. This electric smoker features a 1,500 watt variable temperature heating element to heat wood chips and water for smoking, front mounted temperature gauge, porcelain water and wood chip pan, convenient porcelain ash pan and grease cup.

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