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Selecting a Built-in Smoker for Your Outdoor Kitchen

smoked meatIf you’ve decided you want to add the scents and tasty food you can make with a smoker to your outdoor kitchen, we can help. Our experts at Daybreaker Landscapes are ready to assist you in selecting the perfect built-in smoker for your situation. There are so many different fuel types and kinds of smokers to choose from that deciding what’s best can be overwhelming. Our expert designers and craftspeople will provide world-class customer service and will walk you through the entire process.

The kind of fuel you’d prefer to use and the type of smoker you want are the two main questions you must determine before selecting the right smoker for your outdoor kitchen. The primary distinctions concern ease of use, efficiency, and personal taste. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the outdoor kitchen installation experts of Daybreaker Landscapes at (815) 596-0070. An experienced member of our team will be happy to answer all of your questions.

What Fuel Type Do You Prefer for Your Built-in Smoker?

As with traditional built-in grills, built-in smokers allow for several options for fuel choice. Specifically, you can fuel your built-in smoker with electricity, gas, wood pellets, or charcoal. Your preferred fuel type is the most crucial decision you have to make concerning your built-in smoker. Each fuel option comes with benefits and drawbacks.

  • Electric smokers are a low-maintenance, convenient alternative to traditional smokers. You simply provide power, turn it on and let the thermostat do the work. If you want to spend the majority of your time socializing with family and friends in your outdoor kitchen, then this is the built-in for you. Obviously, electric smokers will increase your utility bill. If you elect to go this way, be sure to select one with adjustable airflow.
  • Gas smokers are an alternative to traditional wood and pellet smokers. Built-in gas smokers provide the same level of convenience that electric smokers do without the added utility charges. Of course, you will incur gas charges, but both propane and natural gas are less expensive than electricity. If you elect to proceed with natural gas, you will not ever have to worry about whether or not you have fuel, but you will incur a few added installation costs to run the gas line to your outdoor kitchen.
  • Wood pellet smokers are the most convenient of all the built-in smoker options. Pellet smokers add the benefit of wood smokers by using pellets that release their own flavorful smoke. However, unlike a wood smoker, these do not require constant work to adjust the heat. With pellet smokers, you simply program the smoke cycle you prefer and let it run its course. Built-in pellet smokers are the epitome of convenience and an excellent choice for a beginner.
  • Charcoal smokers are the traditional smokers with which most of us are familiar. Many smoker enthusiasts will maintain that there is no substitute for the authentic smoke flavor that the charcoal smokers produce. There is a slightly steeper learning curve with charcoal smokers than the other three types of smokers mentioned above, but if you are or intend to be a master smoker, charcoal may be the best choice for your built-in smoker.

What Type of Built-In Smoker Do I Need?

smoking meatAfter fuel source, the second most important question concerning your built-in smoker is which type of smoker fits your needs. There are three basic types of smokers: vertical smokers, grill smokers and offset smokers. Which type of built-in smoker is right for you depends in part on the fuel source you selected above, but other factors in the decision include your taste, style, and the intended use of the smoker. Here is a brief overview of the three most popular types of built-in smokers.

  • As their name implies, built-in vertical smokers are vertical smokers with a heat source generally at the bottom of the unit. These smokers take advantage of the heat (and smoke) that rises through the chamber and saturates your meal. Built-in vertical smokers result in more even cooking with less effort. This type of smoker is perfect for the beginner smoker.
  • Offset built-in smokers are the favorite of the charcoal and wood smoking experts. They have the traditional barrel shape with a heating chamber off to the side. These smokers require more personal expertise and attention than either of the other two. You will have more control over the heat, smoke, and air circulation, but you will also have to monitor all of these settings frequently and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Built-in grill smokers are a combination of vertical and offset smokers. They incorporate much of the ease of and efficiency of vertical smokers, but with the versatility of the offset smoker. Grill smokers are so-named because they take their shape from a traditional grill. The heat source can be positioned either below, as in the vertical smoker, or offset.

Depending on which type of built-in smoker you choose, the design of your outdoor kitchen will need to be adjusted accordingly, so considering the space you have available and want to devote to your built-in smoker is wise. You may also consider placing both a built-in grill with burners and a built-in smoker in your outdoor kitchen.

Call Daybreaker Landscapes Today to Discuss Your Built-in Smoker

Our team members have the experience, skill, and knowledge to assist you in planning every aspect of adding a built-in smoker to your outdoor kitchen. We are a full-service, professional company known for the quality of our work and our impeccable customer service.

We will take the time to listen to your desires, needs, and budget. We have expert designers, craftspeople, and installers waiting to make your dream a reality. Contact us today for a free estimate. You can use our online contact form or call us directly at (815) 596-0070.