Masterbuilt 20070910 30 Inch Electric Smoker Review

Home smoking has been named one of the key food trends of 2016, and retailers have seen a massive surge in the sale of smokers over the last few years. If you’re a fan of BBQ and the beautiful flavor and aroma of smoked food, then a smoker is virtually a backyard ‘must have’! The biggest name in ‘home smokers’ is without a doubt, Masterbuilt. This company has been around now since the early 1970’s and it is synonymous with high quality grills, smokers and turkey fryers. They first introduced a smoker to the market in 2005, and since then they’ve released a number of different popular models. In this review though we’re going to discuss their current most popular product, the Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker.

Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker Features

Masterbuilt digital controlsEasy to use digital controls  –  24 hour digital timer and automatic shut off. The unit is thermostatically controlled  with temperatures from 100 to 275 degrees celsius. The temperature remains consistent to ensure the food is cooked thoroughly and evenly. The automatic shut off means you can leave your smoker to work and it won’t overcook your food or leave it tough and dry. The walls are insulated for more energy efficient cooking and is suitable for use in all weathers.

Spacious interior – there is 730 square inches of cooking space on 4 racks inside the electric smoker. There is room for food for all the family, and even enough for those special occasions when you want to entertain.

Side wood chip loader – you never have to open the door of the smoker (which would result in lost heat and drop in temperature). Just add your wood chips to the side loader and slide it into the smoker.

Removable water pan  – if you want to further improve the taste of your food just add vinegar, juice or another beverage to the water pan to add extra flavor and moisture. The pan is removable for easy cleaning.

Adjustable air damper  you can use this to increase or decrease the smoke levels inside to suit your taste. If you enjoy an intense smokey flavor leave the air damper closed.

best electric smokerHow does the Masterbuilt 20070910 Electric Smokehouse work?

Step 1: Preseason

Before the first use you must preseason the smoker. To do this just turn it on at full heat with the water pan in place but NO water. Keep the unit on for 3 hours but in the last 45 minutes add a cup of wood chips to the chip loader. After the 3 hours is up just  switch it off and allow to cool, and that’s your electric meat smoker ready to  use!

Step 2: Normal usage

The Masterbuilt 20070910 manual that comes with your electric smoker has a a few recipes to get you started – these will list the instructions and the temperature and length of time to cook each meat. Before use load the wood chip loader with 1 cup of wood chips. Preheat the smoker for 30-45 minutes at maximum temperature. Then all you need to do is load the smoker with your prepared meat and leave to cook for the recommended time (you will need to top up with wood chips about once every hour). For even cooking don’t overload the Masterbuilt 20070910 smoker with food as the heat needs to circulate between food and around the sides.

Who is this for suitable for?

smoked sausages

Delicious Smoked Sausage!

Whether you’re a home smoking expert or new to the world of smoked foods this smoker is pretty much suitable for all levels. It’s easy to use, so even you’re new to the world of smoking you won’t have a problem getting the hang of this. If you’re a home smoking veteran and  want an affordable smoker that produces tasty, beautifully cooked smoked foods without much input from you then this smoker should suit.

What we like

  • The Masterbuilt 30 electric smoker is easy to use! It’s pretty much ‘set and forget’ once you’ve loaded it – all you have to do is top up with wood chips occasionally.
  • It’s well insulated, holds its heat (even in cold weather), and cooks evenly.
  • Reasonably large capacity – the 4 racks can hold up to 30lbs of meat, suitable for the average size family.
  • Easy to clean – removable parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher and inside the smoker can just be wiped down with a damp cloth.
  • Excellent customer support if you have any problems.
  • Very affordable price.

What we don’t like

  • For a full rack of ribs or large brisket the Masterbuilt 20070910 isn’t quite wide enough so you have to cut them in half.
  • It’s not rain proof as there are electrical components on top (the temperature control) – it can’t be used indoors of course, but you do need some kind of canopy or covering to keep the rain off it. When storing either store indoors or cover with a waterproof covering – there is a cover designed for  this  smoker but it’s sold separately (when it probably should have been included).
  • No wheels or handles. It’s not heavy, but it is awkward if you have to carry it indoors after each use (to protect it from the rain). Certainly not a deal breaker but it would’ve been nice if those were included. Larger, more expensive models like the Masterbuilt 20051311 2 Door Propane Smoker do include these.

Masterbuilt 20070910 Buyer’s Frequently Asked Questions

When researching this product I found that alot of potential buyers had questions that helped them to determine if this was the right electric smoker for them. Here are just a few of the questions that came up regularly (they’re not in any particular order of importance). Just click on a question to reveal the answer:

Will the 30' electric smoker be big enough?
For most families, and even for those who like to entertain occasionally, the 30 inch smoker should be more than adequate. There are 4 racks and they are large enough to hold more than enough meat for a large family. There is a Masterbuilt 40 inch electric smoker if you really want something bigger, but you’ll probably notice from the number of user reviews that it’s nowhere near as popular as the 30 inch smoker.
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Yes absolutely! Smoked turkey is becoming a really popular option for Thanksgiving, and indeed any other time of the year you feel like tasting some of the traditionally festive bird. Bear in mind the size though – it will easily fit a turkey of up to 20lbs (less than 18lbs is best). Anything bigger and you’ll have trouble squeezing it in. Remember for best results you need to leave some space around the sides for the heat to circulate.
What else do I need to buy with this smoker before I can use it?
Wood chips to burn, and of course your meat. One thing that doesn’t come with this electric smoker is a meat probe so you may want to invest in one – it is important to be able to gauge the inner meat temperature to know if it is cooked properly (they usually cost about $10-$30).
Can it be used indoors?
NO! This product is only suitable for outdoor use, unless you want a room full of smoke and your smoke alarms going off. It is absolutely not suitable for using indoors so don’t even try it.
Does it require assembly?
Not really, there are a few things to put together but the main smoker itself is already assembled. Five minutes should do it. Just unwrap, attach the electric temperature control panel to the top (there’s a screw to secure) then put the water bowl, chip loader, racks and drip pan in place. That’s it!
Can this electric smoker be used safely in lower temperatures?
Alot of people who asked this were living in parts of the US that get extremely cold in winter. The good news is that the Masterbuilt 20070910 is very well insulated, and minus temperatures shouldn’t affect how your smoker works.
Is there a warranty?
Unfortunately this doesn’t have the longest warranty – it seems to only be about 90 days. If anything goes wrong within the 90 day period Masterbuilt will fix your smoker free of charge or replace defective components (as long as you have proof of purchase etc.) Obviously the warranty excludes damage caused by improper use and it doesn’t cover paint finish as this may burn off during normal use.
Can I use wood chunks?
Wood chips are recommended, although you could probably use wood chunks as long as they are quite small.
Does it come in plain packaging? (I want to buy as a gift)
No, the product comes in the manufacturer’s original packaging – therefore the box will have the name of the product on the outside, a picture of the product, and some product details. So if you are purchasing online you won’t be able to hide it (unless you can somehow make sure the recipient is out of the house at the product’s estimated time of arrival!)
Is it weatherproof?
Some people choose to keep their smoker indoors in a garage or garden shed, others leave theirs outside all year round. Because there are electric components it can’t be 100% waterproof so therefore it is recommended that you cover it for protection. There is an inexpensive cover which is designed specifically for this model. When using the product it shouldn’t be exposed to the rain so use under a canopy,  awning or covered patio.
Does the smoker get very hot on the outside?
Don’t worry if you touch the outside by accident, you won’t get burnt. Obviously it’s best to keep kids away from it, but if anyone does touch it they’ll find that it’s not super hot and it certainly won’t cause any damage. The smoker is very well insulated.
What is the length of the power cord?
Quite a few potential buyers ask this as it’s obviously important to make sure that your electric smoker will be close enough to a power point. The power cord is approximately 6 feet. If you need to use an extension cord make sure it is a heavy duty one.
Could I use this on an apartment balcony?
I don’t see why not as long as the smoke can make a clean getaway, but maybe it depends on the relationship you have with your neighbours!
Does it come with a digital meat thermometer to check internal heat?
No, but these are very inexpensive to buy
How do I clean the Masterbuilt 30 inch electric smoker?
Cleaning and maintaining your smoker is actually pretty easy and it is recommended that you clean it after each use. Before using, it is a good idea to line the drip pan and water bowl with aluminium foil. The racks can be removed after use and cleaned with any normal detergent and scouring pad (or can be put in a dishwasher). Don’t use a chemical detergent to clean the inside of the smoker though – spray with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar, leave for a few minutes, and then wipe down with a damp cloth.

Final verdict – Should You Buy It?

If you’re looking for a decent electric meat smoker you can’t really go wrong with Masterbuilt as a manufacturer. They’re well established, reputable, and their name is synonymous with high quality smokers and grills that customers love.

smoked turkey

Smoke A Turkey In Your Masterbuilt Smoker!

Our take on the Masterbuilt 20070910 is that it’s a pretty great buy for anyone looking for an affordable, easy to use, robust smoker that will be used for years to come. It’s not the most expensive on the market, but it is definitely one of the top sellers judging by the user reviews on sites like Amazon (it has 2000+ reviews there), because it works as well as some of the more expensive models. It couldn’t be more straightforward to use – even if you’ve never used a smoker before. It’s just as good for those who are home smoking ‘pros’ though, but want a “set and forget” smoker that does the job!

The 90 day warranty does seem a bit short, but it doesn’t seem to pose a problem for customers as faults with the product are rarely reported. One issue that does occasionally arise seems to be the heating element malfunctioning, and for that reason I’d rate this product 8.5 out of 10 rather than 10 out of 10. Masterbuilt do have excellent customer service and are very good at fixing any problems or replacing parts.

With 4 racks there is plenty of space for a variety of meats for all the family and is a big enough cooking space even if you’re entertaining small numbers. If you want evenly cooked, tasty, beautifully moist and deliciously juicy meat, whether you’re buying it for yourself or as a gift for a BBQ lover, this is a good purchase and in my opinion is a worthy investment.

Where to buy Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker

If after reading our review you think that this product might be a good fit for you. I recommend checking it out on Amazon for great prices and fast, free shipping. There are lots of real user reviews too so you can read about others experience with the product before buying for yourself.

I hope this review has been helpful – if you have any questions please post in the box below and I’ll try to answer as soon as possible. Although this is their top selling smoker, feel free to take a look at some of our other Masterbuilt electric smoker reviews if you’re looking for something a little different – a few of their other products include a larger 40 inch model and a propane smoker.

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