Smoking Equipment

If you’ve never smoked anything before, it can seem intimidating…but it’s not! As long as you have the right equipment and tools, smoking is fairly simple. Patience is probably the number one tool you need, but I promise the results are worth it. Here’s a list of what we use:

Equipment

  • Electric smoker: Masterbuilt
  • Electric smoker accessories: cover
  • Charcoal smoker: Big Green Egg, size large
  • Charcoal smoker accessories: cover, nest, ConvEGGtor, ash tool
  • dust pan
  • Two probe thermometers, one with a cord and one that has a wireless receiver
  • foil
  • various sizes of disposable aluminum containers
  • ruler
  • heat-resistant mitts or gloves
  • lump charcoal: Royal Oak
  • Wood chunks and chips: whatever is the best value from Home Depot or Lowes, or gathered from the yard
  • grilling spatula and tongs
  • electric fire starter
  • outdoor storage container to hold our equipment
  • fire extinguisher

Here is a list of all the equipment we use when we smoke, from our smoker models to the tools we think are indispensable.

Setup tips

The thermometers that are part of the smoker can be inaccurate and require calibration, so we’ve come up with what we think is a more accurate method. In both smokers, we roll up foil to prop up one probe thermometer to accurately measure the air temperature at the grate level in the smoker (see picture below). We orient the base of the thermometer (that shows the temperature) towards our house, so we can keep an eye on the temperature from inside (see picture above).

To help save the ConvEGGtor from being a mess, we sometimes put a disposable aluminum tray on it. We leave it empty, but it catches a lot of drippings. If there aren’t too many drippings in it, we’ll wash it and use it again. If it’s getting pretty worn, we’ll rinse it as best we can and recycle it. We don’t do this in the electric smoker.

Here is a list of all the equipment we use when we smoke, from our smoker models to the tools we think are indispensable.