Cuisinart 18-Inch Vertical Charcoal Water Smoker - COS-118
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Albert Viera
Undisclosed
Verified Reviewer
Cuisinart - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

18" Vertical smoker

I've already smoked a few things on my smoker. Everything has turned out great

 

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Ceebee
New York, Ny
Verified Purchaser
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

Great smoker

I bought this about 2 months ago and have used it 4 times already. It's a great smoker that holds enough meat/food to feed a lot of people. The only advice I would give is to check on the temp every hour. I need to replenish the charcoal about every 2 hours. It does maintain temp well, though.

 

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lizsexton
Austin, TX, United States
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

Yummy!

We have really enjoyed the Cuisinart Vertical 18" Smoker. The setup was a bit complex for newbies who have never smoked anything before, but we used some You Tube videos and were able to figure it out. We have made a few chickens and a brisket and the meat is just unlike anything you have ever made at home! It is delicious!!!!

 

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LLS13
Colorado
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

Awesome smoker for 1st time user

I was extremely excited for this smoker to arrive. I've been wanting to start smoking meat during the summer and with upcoming nice weather, I thought this would be a perfect smoker to begin with. This is a simple smoker with what seems to be the essentials to smoking great meat. It does not have all the bells and whistles but does carry a better price tag for a beginner. It has a thermometer on the outside, easy access vents and a manual to help you start. Of course this is a charcoal smoker but the ability to be able to put wood chips along with it is great. It really does add another element of flavor to the meat. It is a perfect size for just me and my husband. We are able to fit plenty of meat to entertain. I suppose the only bad thing is having to wake up so early so that the meat has enough time to properly cook. But it is so worth it! We have not cleaned it yet because we read it is good to get a patina on it before it's first wash. But I think a good hose down will do the trick. We really love our new smoker!

 

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Katie
Jacksonville, FL, United States
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

User friendly Smoker that does the job well!

I received this smoker for free in exchange for my unbiased opinion. I was so excited to try it but left town right after I received it and then the busieness of the holidays kept putting me off. I wanted to be sure to give it my honest review & be able to enjoy it without rushing to get my review in, and I'm so glad I did. My husband assembled it. He said the assembly was fairly easy, though it did take a little longer than the box stated. We had a New Years Eve party at our house so we thought this would be the perfect day to use it for the first time. We put a rack of ribs on top and a Boston butt on the bottom. We smoked the both for 8 hours. Our guests were impressed! Living in the south our friends and us have high expectations for BBQ. We were shocked with how authentic this tasted, just like something we would order from our favorite hole in the wall BBQ joint. We are having another get together this weekend for a friends birthday and will be breaking this baby out!! I highly recommend for anyone that is on the hunt for a quality smoker!

 

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Lacey
Marshfield, MO, United States
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

Great smoker!

We've only had our smoker for a short time but already love it ! It's easy to use and our meat came out delicious! We are new to smoking meats and couldn't be happier with how it turned out .

 

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lllomme
Pflugerville, TX, United States
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

Easy to Use and Makes Great Meals

Unboxing The smoker was well packaged and easy to get out of the box. There was minimal use of Styrofoam, which is always something that I appreciate.  The lightweight/thin Styrofoam that was used in the box did crumble significantly during transport, I assume.  There were hundreds of these little pieces that puffed out of the box during unpackaging and were stuck to the metal by static electricity.  This made quite a mess that required post assembly vacuuming.  I also had to vacuum the smoker itself to get all the Styrofoam off so that all the little particles would not burn/melt during first use.  This was little more than a minor inconvenience. Assembly The instructions for assembly were very straightforward and mostly easy to ready.  It might have helped a little to have a zoomed in view of the latch assembly for eyes that are not as sharp as they used to be.  Having the screws, washers and bolts packaged and labeled in groups was very convenient for easily identifying the required parts in each step. The instructions stated 15 minutes for assembly with only a screwdriver needed.  Total time for unboxing and assembly for me was 40 minutes taking my time to lay everything out and examine the instructions.  I found that I needed a couple different size screwdrivers to effectively tighten the different size screws.  I also needed a pair of plyers to hold the bolt steady as I tightened the screw.  Otherwise the screw and bolt would turn together. There were only two minor complications during assembly.   First - Placing the latches on was a little tricky by yourself as the screw holes are covered by a piece of metal held in place by a spring...like a clothes pin.  I had to hold the metal piece up against resistance as I inserted the screws.  I also had to hold the bolts in place with the pliers.  This made it a little difficult but not too bad.  Probably much easier with another set of hands. Second - The access door was significantly bent at the corner so that it would not insert and close properly.  I was easily able to bend it back so that it would close but the form of the door does not completely conform to the shape of the smoker.  I am confident that if I spend a little time manipulating the door, I can get it to where it looks like a perfect fit. Operation Working the smoker could not have been easier.  The charcoal ring made it very simple to estimate the necessary amount of charcoal.  I ran the smoker twice without any food on the grates to burn off manufacturing oils, season the smoker and get an idea of how much the temperature would fluctuate before I had a dinner on the line.  I expected difficulty in maintaining a set temperature of 225 to 250 degrees but it just seemed to naturally hover in that area with very little maintenance required from me.  I have had side smokers in the past and found the temperature much more difficult to control in those. For my first meal, I decided to use one of the recipes from the little booklet that came with the smoker...bacon wrapped chicken.  I was interested to see how small pieces of meat held up during a several hour smoke.  I followed the directions as exactly as possible.  Three hours at 250 degrees.  I had some trouble initially because I lit the charcoal unevenly.  By the time I had all the coals grey, some were already aging and not providing enough heat.  This caused my temperature to hit 200 and stay there.  I put a few chunks of mesquite in with the coals and was soon at 225 and was easily able to stay between 225 and 250 for the full three hours.  I only added a handful of wood twice during that time.  The door provided easy access to the coals when adding wood, though there was not a lot of room to maneuver in there because the water bowl is so close to the coals. So, even though I had a difficult start (my fault), I found it easy to recover and easy to maintain temperature over the three hours. The bacon wrapped chicken came out very tasty and had a good level of moisture to it. I think next time, for that recipe, I will go for 2 - 2.5 hours instead of three, but in all fairness, it did say three hours or when it looks done. Coal cleanup was a snap.  Simply remove the top barrel and the coal grate and pour the ash into a bucket.  It took me all of one minute. Summary In summary, I found the smoker easy to assemble and operate.  The thinness of the metal and how easily the door was bent gave me concern that the unit would not hold heat well and cause me to have difficulty in maintaining a set temperature.  I could not have been more wrong.  It was quite easy to maintain a set temperature over those three uses. I can't stress how much I appreciate that.  Having used a smoker with a side box in the past, maintaining a stable temperature has always been a challenge.  The lightness of the metal also ensured that I could easily remove and replace the top barrel to have access to the coal bed.  I would have no reservations about referring this smoker to others.  I really feel like this would be a perfect smoker for someone first entering the world of smoking due to its ease of use and ease in maintaining a set temperature.

 

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Yidancha
NY
Verified Reviewer
Cuisinart - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.0

Needs inprovements

Really 3.5 stars. Thermometer is not accurate, flimsy latches including the door latch. Ash cup fits very loosely sometimes falling off when trying to adjust the airflow.

 

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Jclinebe
Columbia, SC
Verified Purchaser
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.0

Well made

Received as Christmas gift. You need more than a screw driver to assemble and the main barrowl was not perfectly round which makes it hard to anchor to the base

 

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Jason
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Fulham Group - BV
 
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.0

Awesome smoker

This smoker is light and very easy to put together. I have a gas smoker also and this charcoal smoker definitely adds more flavor. I would definitely recommend this to my family and friends.

 

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