The Smokehouse Products is the company which is offering the public with a full line of smoker accessories and is strongly committed to supply the customers with the best smoker accessories in the current market.
The Little Chief, or “Lil Chief” is one of many in a range of products by Smokehouse Products. They have been around for a while, initially bringing the Little Chief smoker to the market in 1968 when it was aimed directly at fishermen that used to smoke their catch of salmon, trout and steelhead. Now they’ve developed into a much larger operation that caters to many more customers and offers many more products, including meat grinders, jerky equipment and other accessories.
- Front loading electric smoker comes with recipe/instruction booklet...
- Consistent low temperature setting using a 120V, 250W heating element...
- Easy-slide chrome-plated grills; maximum capacity flavor fuel pan;...
- Durable, embossed aluminum construction; for outdoors use only
- UL, CUL, and CSA listed; no-assembly required; 2-year limited warranty
- The Little Chief Electric Smoker is a smoker designed to work at lower temperatures for food such as fish and jerky – it is NOT a cooker and is not appropriate for cooking brisket, ribs etc.
- It’s lightweight, fairly well built despite sometimes feeling a bit flimsy but does a good job smoking food.
- It’s one of the best value for money smokers on the market and comes with some little extras to get you started.
- It’s made in the USA and comes with a 2 year warranty.
- Some Little Chiefs have been in use for over 25 years and are still going strong.
- If you’re looking for a smoker that can cook the food as well, such as something that will cook a brisket or pork shoulder, then we’d recommend the Masterbuilt 30” Modelor anything from the Smokin-It range of smokers.
The current smoker model has been specifically designed for outdoor purposes only and does not require any assembly. This medium sized smoker from Smokehouse Products is also thelight-weighted versionand will not be as heavy as other smokers like Masterbuilt 20070213 GEN II Electric Digital Smokehouse.
This smoker has been constructed withdurable and embossed aluminum. This will reach your hands with easy-slide chrome plated grills. The whole unit has been vented for the purpose of proper dehydration. With the dimensions of24.5 X 11.5 X 11.5 inchesweight of just 15 pounds, this smoker is carrying thecapacity up to25 poundsof meat or fish. This is a120-volt smoker modelwhich has been constructed with250-watt heating element.
Little Chief Smoker model has some of the extraordinary features which are responsible for making this product to stand out in the current market.
- Steady Heat Flow:This is a self-contained model which has been electric-powered and comes fully equipped with a heating element which will hold a steady heat of165 degrees Fahrenheit.This feature makes this model ideal for slow-cook smoking as per the electric smoker reviews.
- Fuel Pan: This aluminum smoker has been loaded with a maximum capacity flavor fuel pan. This feature of the smoker would imbue your food with the particular smoker flavor that was chosen by you. Moreover, this has been vented for proper dehydration to take place.
- Easy-Slide Grills:The Little Chief Smoker has been constructed with the easy-slide grills that arechrome-plated. With this feature, you will find it easy to load and unload your food with much ease from the front. You will find the process as easy as a typical oven.
- No Assembly Required:This smoker has been typically designed for the purposes of outdoor cooking purposes and there is no assembly process required to start off.
- Plug and Cord:In this electric smoker model, thethree-wire plug and cordhave been grounded to the body of electric smoker. You can plug this smoker into any standard3-prong 110 to 120 AC outlet.
- Drip Pan:There is a dishwasher safe drip pan at the smoker’s bottom. This feature will make your cleanup process an easier one.
- Heating Element:The smoker model in this review has been constructed to have a non-adjustable heating element which would operate at165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Food Capacity:This front loading smoker model would offer you the greater capacity, thereby allowing you to smoke up to25 poundsof meat and fish.
Ease of Operation
One of the best things about electric smokers is that they provide one of the simplest ways to start smoking food as almost everything is controlled by the smoker itself.
The Little Chief is one of the easiest electric smokers you can buy. It comes basically fully assembled and requires you to only fill the wood pan and turn it on. Having a recipe book included makes things even easier that just about anyone could do it. The clean up process is also quite simple as all the racks and the drip pan are removable. The drip pan has the added benefit of being completely dishwasher safe.
This electric smoker has several advantages which are as follows:
- Great value for money– You won’t find a better smoker for such a small cost. Despite not being a cooker, this is still a great deal.
- Lightweight– At only 12lbs this smoker can be easily transported and moved around when in storage.
- Simplest Smoker on the market– The Little Chief is incredibly easy to set up, use and clean.
Few of the disadvantages with this electric smoker are:
- This particular smoker is lacking the adjustable temperature setting.
- This smoker model is not really recommended for smoking your large cuts of meat.
- The aluminum exterior of the grill may get damaged very easily.
When you realize what the Little Chief smoker is actually intended for then everything starts to make sense. It isn’t going to cook you a brisket but it will produce some of the best fish, jerky, cheese and veg. It’s very basic, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you see it. But it’s very simple to use and is incredibly affordable. If you’re looking for a smoker that does this then this is one of the best electric smokers on the market and has been one of the best for the last 50 years.
The Little Chef is a great appliance – as its popularity shows – so long as you realize its limitations. It is popular for being inexpensive, lightweight and easy to use – as a smoker and a low temperature cooker. If you understand that then it will not disappoint but buyers must be aware of those limitations. Indeed sometimes those flaws can be benefits an example being that the lightweight design has such poor insulating qualities that the temperature is unable to be maintained during winter months. This however makes it a poor cooker but a great cold smoker for cheeses and things you want to smoke but not cook.