If you're looking for one of the highest rated electric smokers, 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?
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. Worth mentioning is it that 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 has a blue LED display that makes it easy for you to read the temperature settings and cooking time even in direct sunlight.
Worth mentioning is it that 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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for inspiration, be sure to check out our meat smoking guide to discover the different ways you can use the smoker to cook your meat.
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.
When it comes to insulation it is area where Masterbuilt shine. In numerous smoking sessions 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.
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.
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.
There are few complaints for this smoker but we managed to picked a few.
First one is that cable that comes with device is rather short, so it can be a hustle if you are smoking meat outside.
Another thing is that it comes with an only 90-day warranty, so extending the warranty is not a bad idea.
And the last thing that some customers had a problem with is internal thermostat connection that sometimes malfunctions and gives false temperature readings.
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.
Price is also decent in comparison with other smokers on the market so it's a big plus for this smoker.
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.
Watch the Masterbuilt CEO video below which shows just how awesome is this device…
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)
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.
The convection blower and digital thermostat maintains the temperature throughout the cooking process. The only time this will be affected is if you run out of pellets or open and close the lid too often.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This post was last updated on April 15th, 2019 at 07:56 pm
William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.