Char-Broil’s vertical gasser is one of many smokers that share the same basic design. At 19.5″ deep x 21.5″ wide x 45.5″ high, this cabinet style device has one door for the cooking chamber and a pull out drawer at the bottom to access the combo water pan and wood tray. Rotary ignition and a control knob for the 16,500 BTU burner are located on the control panel under the drawer. It comes with three adjustable chrome plated grates. One of the unique features is the wire rack above the chimney that is perfect for keeping your sauce warm.
Feedback from owners is typical of these low cost devices. Some are very happy and getting satisfactory results, others complain of poor construction and gaps in the doors that leak heat and smoke. But as Meathead explains in the intro to this page, leaks won’t hurt your food, just raise your wood and fuel costs slightly. And at this price, how can you complain about construction?
The heat indicator seems to be especially bad on this model. Some folks even replaced them with other cheap dial thermometers and declared that to be a significant improvement! Using a separate water pan and wood tray instead of the combo would probably be an improvement as well.
It is what it is. If you’re looking for a cheap gas smoker, you should be able to find a deal on this guy. Even Wal-Mart sells them.