Masterbuilt 20070311 40” Review [2018 Edition]

Masterbuilt 20070311



Portable, huge smoking area, digital timing and temperature 


Short warranty


One of the best smokers on the market right now. Portable and lightweight.

Our Rating



This is a section of the site called "User Reviews".

I will be inviting members of prominent Owner Groups on Facebook to write a honest and independent review about their personal grills and smokers.

Up next is Greg Wester who is the creator of the My Masterbuilt Electric Smoker group with his review of the Masterbuilt 20070311 40-Inch.

Key features of Masterbuilt 20070311 

  • 975 sq. inches of cooking space with 4 chrome-coated racks
  • It's well insulated. Insulation is made of expanding foam, probably 3/4" or more thick judging from wall thickness
  • Portability, this smoker comes with wheels.
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    Great wood chip loading system
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    Can run for 20+ hours
When I first tried food from an electric smoker I was hooked.  My coworker showed me his.  A nice Bradley.  

It was loaded with technology and was simple to use

As I paid more attention to him smoking I began to see the drawbacks and limitations of it though.  It uses a proprietary wood puck system, it had a hard time maintaining a constant temperature, had a very bad hot spot(entire rear of the smoker) and in the Minnesota winter it couldn't get up to a smoking temperature. 

I wanted a smoker and at that time (2011) the selection of electric smokers was quite limited.

The more I researched the more I was drawn to the Masterbuilt line. 

I purchased the model 20070311. It is basic, easy to use, well insulated, it has a nice wood chip loading system that doesn't require someone to open the door and it doesn't use a proprietary wood puck.

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I still have this smoker and I love it.  It can heat from 120°-275° and can run continuously for upto 24 hours.  It has 4 racks and can smoke a lot if meat. 

I'm a bbq enthusiast and I have several other smokers, but I keep coming back to this one. " - Greg Wester

Greg has kindly supplied us with some great photos of dish's he has cooked with his Masterbuilt:

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That was a great review by Greg with some very useful insights.

If you were on the fence about getting a Masterbuilt then I'm sure this review has helped. Below you have a great video made by him.

If you would like to submit a review of your smoker or grill then please get in touch via the contact form on the "Contact Us" page.

We would love to hear from you. 

If this Masterbuilt doesn't quite suite your needs then don't forget to check out our Top 10 Best Electric Smokers Guide here.

About the Author William Clay

William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.