The Smoke Hollow electric smoker is as it name implies an electric powered appliance designed for smoking meat, poultry and fish. One of its distinguishing features is the solid welded steel construction that is fully insulated to protect it from fluctuating ambient temperatures. It has three chrome plated grids for loading the food to be cooked and smoked; porcelain coated steel water pan, and a removable grease collection pan. The appliance stands 30 inches high x 15 x17 and weighs approximately 48 pounds. It is of a very robust and durable construction. It is powered by a 1,500 watt heating element which features a high temperature wood chip box that supplies the smoke. There are three temperature settings to choose from and the smoker has an external temperature gauge which provides accurate readings. It also comes with a meat thermometer and two separate food grids.
who does this suit?
The Smoke Hollow 3016SE is an entry level barbecue cooker and smoker. It is designed for outdoor smoking and small barbeques. The cooking capacity is provided by two or three cooking grids which can each accommodate a 5lb brisket, a couple of chickens, or even a large turkey. This capability makes it suitable for small and large families or even small BBQ parties. Because of its design – it has double steel insulated walls – it seems impervious to the outside climate and can maintain internal cooking temperatures regardless of the weather. This makes it well suited to smoking and cooking during even the coldest winter months. Its rugged build and conveniently placed handles makes it suitable for portable use so it can be transported to barbeques or events without any issues.
How does it work
The Smoke Hollow is very easy to operate as it has three fixed temperature settings which are very consistently maintained despite the outdoor weather. It is powered by a 1,500 heating element which is powerful enough to smoke and roast any variety of meats, poultry or fish. The smoke box is internal and incorporated into the heating element and it takes all sorts of wood chips and chunks. Sometimes the smoke-box has to be adjusted so that it sits on top of the heating element in order to get good amounts of smoke. The smoke box will normally burn down the wood chips in around thirty minutes so will need to be refilled a few times during long slow cooking projects.
Which are the advantages of this appliance. After all why should you buy one?
A very robust steel double walled construction makes it sturdy and portable.
It has two layers of steel walls with added insulation makes it a standout performer in very hot or cold climates.
Easy to use
Very easy to use and maintain and you can use just about any wood chips you want.
No appliance is perfect so are there some flaws that we should be aware off?
It leaks grease
There appears to be a problem with grease leaking out of the cooker due to the door seals being loosely fitted and a juice catchment system that doesn’t perform as it should.
It leaks smoke
Again poor door seals let smoke seep out from the appliance but that is not a major issue.
It needs to be monitored
The fact that the wood burner will go through a fully loaded smoke box in around 30 minutes and reduce it to a fine ash means that on longer cooks the box needs to be refilled several times. This is not by any imagination a fire and forget solution be prepared to do some work.
The Smoke Hollow electric smoker produces some amazing results for such an entry level product. Its ability to hold a consistent temperature even in the most frigid of climates makes it a great winter cold smoker. Its popularity comes from its versatility and its ability to be the easy solution at the right time.