Char-Broil’s Silver Smoker is, for some strange reason painted black, is extremely popular because it is inexpensive. It is cheaply constructed and rusts easily. It leaks smoke around the chimney and doors, and rain gets in around the chimney. It has 738 square inches of cooking area, enough for about seven slabs of St. Louis cut ribs. Because it is not as tight as the more expensive offset models such as the Horizon (below), it is hard to control airflow and steady temp, and the difference in temp from the left to right side is significant. I prefer my electric smokers for most small meals so I use the Silver Smoker mainly when I have a party and have hungry hoards to feed. The American Gourmet is similar to the Silver Smoker but there are three sizes and the firebox is an optional add-on. Click here for more info on the American Gourmet. Before buying an offset smoker, read my article here. Click here for more info and pricing: Char-Broil Silver Smoker and American Gourmet.

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