If you’re looking for a decent electric smoker then no doubt you’ve come across the Masterbuilt range. They are reasonably priced and highly regarded by other fire food chefs. In this review, we are going to be taking a look at the 20070910 model.
This smoker is in the first generation of the Masterbuilt range. Masterbuilt discontinued the 2nd generation due to high volumes of issues and they have since released 3rd generation models (or gen 2.5 depending on who you ask). However, they still sell this version because it’s well liked and very reliable.
If you’re not looking to pay extra for Bluetooth technology and other fancy gizmos then the 1st gen works just fine. But before you buy you want to know; Does it offer value for money? is it easy to use? How good is the temperature control?
let’s find out:
Use the table of contents to find the answers to your questions or just read on for the full review.
- What are the best features of the smoker?
- How does the unit work?
- Is the smoker well insulated?
- How even is the temperature during cooking?
- Is the built in digital temperature display accurate?
- Will it smoke at low temperatures?
- Is it okay to use both pellets and wood chips?
- Is there enough space in the smoker for lots of food?
- What’s the warranty info?
- Is it easy to assemble the unit?
- Is it easy to clean?
- Can you use this smoker for cold smoking?
- How much smoke does the Masterbuilt 20070910 emit?
- How does it compare to other Masterbuilt models?
- What are customers saying about the Masterbuilt 20070910?
- Should You Buy It?
What are the best features of the smoker?
The black Masterbuilt 20070910 with its powder-coated steel outer body comes with an integrated push button control panel. It has a blue LED display that makes it easy for you to read the temperature settings and cooking time even in direct sunlight.
Here are some of its best features:
- It weighs 45.86 lbs. so it’s not too difficult to move.
- It measures 20.4 inches in length, 19.9 inches in width, and 33.3 inches in height. So it doesn’t really occupy a lot of space.
- It comes with 4 racks with chrome-coating, on which you can place your cuts of meat. The total cooking space you have available adds up to 730 square inches.
- It is an electric smoker with an 800-watt heating element. The electric cable is somewhat on the short side so you will need to put this right beside a power outlet.
- It has a thermostat which can maintain the heat consistent throughout the hours of cooking, with temperatures ranging from 100 degrees to 275 degrees. This range is fine for smoking pretty much every kind of meat.
- It also features a digital timer that can let you cook your meat for up to 24 hours. It also has an automatic shut off so that you can just program the Masterbuilt 20070910 to cook and smoke your meat for a specified number of hours.
- It has a side-loading wood tray that’s safe and convenient.
- It offers a removable drip pan, and the drip-catching system makes the cleanup a lot easier. The water pan is removable as well.
- The steel body provides full foam insulation so that the smoking process is consistent.
How does the unit work?
With 4 interior racks and a total available space of 730 square inches, you have ample space to put in your cuts of meat. You can fill the side loader with your preferred wood chips so you won’t have to keep opening the door.
An electric smoker is different to a charcoal or pellet smoker. This smoker uses electricity to slowly heat your fuel and release the smoke. You can use the intuitive push button digital control so that you can pick a temperature from 100 degrees to 275 degrees F. The heat is controlled by a thermostat, so the heat is consistent. You can then set the 24-hour timer to a specified number of hours, and after that the Masterbuilt 20070910 can automatically shut itself off so your meat isn’t overcooked.
You can add vinegar, juice, or any beverage you want to the removable water pan. This can add some moisture and also add another layer of flavor to your meat. You can also use the adjustable air damper to reduce the smoke level so you can have a milder flavor.
At the bottom of the smoker, you’ll find the removable drip tray which catches the drippings. The drippings can be added to your sauce or gravy, and the drip tray makes cleanup so much easier.
Is the smoker well insulated?
An insulated smoker is a must. It keeps the temperature consistent. And the Masterbuilt 20070910 offers much better insulation than other smokers with thin metal walls.
Here, the walls are quite substantial, and they’re about ⅝ up to ¾ of an inch thick. The insulating material is quite effective, so that even if the outside is winter cold it won’t affect what’s happening inside the smoker. The smoke simply doesn’t leak at all, as the door features a tight rubber seal around it.
How even is the temperature during cooking?
The vent is located in the top right of the unit. Whilst this may raise some eyebrows, the vent location doesn’t cause any uneven heating problems at all. In fact, the heating is pretty even throughout. The excellent insulation means that you won’t end up with raw spots at one end and overcooked meat on the other side.
Is the built in digital temperature display accurate?
The Masterbuilt 20070910 has a built-in temperature thermostat that monitors the temperature inside the smoker, and you can adjust the settings on the control panel.
It is accurate enough to rely upon for your cooking times. It’s normally within a couple of degrees from the readings you get from a wireless digital thermometer. The smoker is not really designed to be used outdoors in winter if it gets below freezing. It will still cook, but you may need to adjust the temperature using a remote temperature probe. (If you don’t have one you may want to consider purchasing this separately)
Will it smoke at low temperatures?
With a range of 100 to 275 degrees, you can set it to a lower temperature setting for certain types of meat. For some fish, you can use the smoker at a 135-degree temperature.
You can also use this to smoke sausage at low temperatures, although you need to account for the minimum heat you need to avoid undercooking that may fail to kill germs and parasites that can make you very sick.
Is it okay to use both pellets and wood chips?
Yes, you can use wood chips and pellets, depending on your preference.
But the main problem you’ll want to address is when you need to cook the meat for a long time. If you want to smoke the meat for up to 5 hours or so, then ideally, you’ll want to use a small chunk of wood which can still fit in the tray and will burn more slowly than regular chips. That means you won’t have to constantly be at the smoker’s side so you can feed it more chips.
Is there enough space in the smoker for lots of food?
It all depends on your definition of “enough”. Masterbuilt offers other smokers that are larger than the Masterbuilt 20070910, so if you bought this model instead of the bigger ones then we will assume that you don’t really need a lot of space for your meats.
For the most part, the 4 racks offer ample space for your meat cuts, with a total of 730 square inches. That’s enough space for you to smoke meat. If you removed a rack, you could easily fit a 25-pound turkey.
What’s the warranty info?
It’s good for up to 90 days. What’s really good is that the Masterbuilt customer support service is excellent.
The company has built a strong reputation for its customer service. In the unlikely event that the unit breaks, you won’t have to endure a tedious and difficult process. Masterbuilt will fix the problem pronto, and you won’t have to answer too many questions.
Just about every Masterbuilt electric smoker review written by a customer who has interacted with the Masterbuilt customer support will mention that the company will replace your smoker if something’s wrong with it.
Is it easy to assemble the unit?
Some people want it delivered already assembled, but that’s not really possible in this case. So it’s a good thing that the instructions for the assembly (which you can download here) are easy to understand.
It really won’t take you too much time and trouble to assemble the unit, and that’s always a good thing. You won’t even need a special DIY background to finish the assembly.
Is it easy to clean?
Its design is already quite efficient, and it minimizes the need for constant cleanup. The drippings can go to water pan or drip tray. The pan at the bottom is slanted with a drip hole so the drippings can be diverted to a tray on the outside. You can also line the various removable trays with aluminum foil to make the cleanup easier.
According to the manual, you shouldn’t use detergent to clean the Masterbuilt 20070910. You can instead use a water-vinegar mix with one part of white vinegar to two parts of water. You can also use this solution to clean the window although for this even plain water can do the job.
All the metal parts that are removable can be cleaned in the dishwasher. You can also wet a towel to wipe the dirt from the tight seal around the door.
Can you use this smoker for cold smoking?
You can, but you will need the Masterbuilt cold smoker attachment. And you need to remember that cold smoking isn’t used to cook food. That’s a dangerous practice, because the risks include failing to kill various germs that can cause medical conditions.
On the other hand, cold smoking can be very helpful if you want to use it to preserve food instead. Cold-smoked meats can last for many months.
How much smoke does the Masterbuilt 20070910 emit?
That’s not really dependent on the Masterbuilt smoker. Instead, it all depends on the type of wood chips you put in, as well as the amount of the wood chips you use. But in general, you’ll get more than enough smoke to get a terrific flavor for your barbecued meat.
How does it compare to other Masterbuilt models?
Masterbuilt makes a range of other smokers. In general, they are all designed to do the same thing. Smoke food. The biggest difference between the smokers is the size of the cooking area and the additional technology (Bluetooth enabled etc) If you dont need extra space and you are not enticed by fancy technology then this first generation model is fine.
What are customers saying about the Masterbuilt 20070910?
Customers have pointed out various features that have earned the Masterbuilt 20070910 a very high rating across numerous review sites. It is very easy to use, you can smoke ample amounts of meat, and the customer support is astounding. The cleanup is easy too.
On the other hand, some were hoping for a higher maximum temperature. And it’s not as portable as other smokers because it doesn’t have wheels and a handle.
Should You Buy It?
If you are new to smoking and want to try it out without breaking the bank then this smoker is a great first choice. It has enough space for you to smoke modest amounts of meat on a regular basis. It’s reasonable priced, works well and makes it easy to cook delicious fire food.