Hello- I am planning to purchase an electric smoker in the near future.. I have narrowed it down to a Cookshack Elite 45 or a           Smokin It 2D. I want something large enough to smoke 5 to 7 racks of ribs without having to cut them in half. I will also be smoking brisket and pork butts. The Cookshack 025 would probably work for me but I didn’t want to get something to small and regret it later. Temperature where I live usually falls into the 20’s so it will need to be able to hold temperature when it’s cold. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Cookshack shelves for the SM045are 14 x 18, anything less probably not going to fit a full rack of ribs.   I've had a SM066 for about 8 years and have cooked as low as -20 with no problem holding the temp.  Too cold and the LCD panel gets a little grumpy but can be easily warmed up to respond to set to required settings.

Ditto on dakotasmoke. I have never regretted the cost of my SM066 for one second. It can do 6 racks of ribs without even using the lowest rack, which I think is too close to the heat. I have used it for ribs at an outside temp of 25 degrees with wind - no problem, and I haven't had any display problems on my unit. I bought in 2013, if that has any usefulness. I do try to keep it from getting wet from rain, at least the control unit, but otherwise I am very happy with it. Brisket, pastrami, ribs (pork loin backs and beef short ribs), pork butt, lots and lots of salmon every summer, and chicken wings and turkey thighs. All is good and no worries about the smoker behavior at all. Just solid "set it and forget it." I should say that it lives in a non-heated garage when not in use.

Jdcellar posted:

Hello- I am planning to purchase an electric smoker in the near future.. I have narrowed it down to a Cookshack Elite 45 or a           Smokin It 2D. I want something large enough to smoke 5 to 7 racks of ribs without having to cut them in half. I will also be smoking brisket and pork butts. The Cookshack 025 would probably work for me but I didn’t want to get something to small and regret it later. Temperature where I live usually falls into the 20’s so it will need to be able to hold temperature when it’s cold. Any advice would be appreciated.

I started with the smallest cookshack smoker many years ago (do not remember the year) and  it served me well. I was living in the Chicago area at the time I had no problem smoking meats when the temps dropped below zero. I now use a FEC-100. If you are not competing  I recommend the SM066.

I own a Smokin-It #3. Full racks of ribs fit in it just fine without cutting them.  The #2/2D will require all racks of ribs be cut. The #3 also has a higher wattage element which helps during cold weather.
I have also smoked at 10 deg, just took a longer time to get to temp than it did when it is above freezing.

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Jdcellar posted:

Hello- I am planning to purchase an electric smoker in the near future.. I have narrowed it down to a Cookshack Elite 45 or a           Smokin It 2D. I want something large enough to smoke 5 to 7 racks of ribs without having to cut them in half. I will also be smoking brisket and pork butts. The Cookshack 025 would probably work for me but I didn’t want to get something to small and regret it later. Temperature where I live usually falls into the 20’s so it will need to be able to hold temperature when it’s cold. Any advice would be appreciated.

If you are not sure about getting Cookshack 025, then you probably should have a look at bigger model if you have a budget. I have had the SM025 for several years. I currently really use it almost exclusively for jerky and cold smoking as it is pretty small. So I've kinds outgrown it pretty fast: family gatherings, big parties etc. Though, it's totally OK  for a small dinner party. You won't regret about the quality, and trust me - even in the small 008 smokette models a large brisket can be done.
It just takes some folding.

If you are looking for a quality American built oven you cannot go wrong with a Cookshack Smoker.Almost all the other smoker brands are foreign made. I replaced my Weber Smokey Mountain and bought the Cookshack  Smokette about 20 years ago. I decided I wanted something bigger and replaced it with the Fast Eddie pellet smoker about 5 years ago. I gave the Smokette to my daughter and it is still in service. Her husband is a firefighter and uses it when it is his time to cook for the crew. If you want a quality American built smoker I highly recommend any of the Cookshack smokers.

"Cookshack smokers' even and controllable heat makes a product that is smoky, moist, and tender — just what the judges are looking for — without the hassle and uncertain results obtained by traditional 'stick burner' pits." So that downtown faux-country hipster bar that just added barbecue to its menu? There's a reason it tastes no smokier than your bubbe's brisket.

I live in Idaho where it gets pretty cold.  I started out with an old SMO008, and out grew it fast.  I looked at SMO25, and decided on the SMO45.  I out grew it and got the SMO066.  I have cooked with all of these when they were covered with both snow and ice.  I finally built a cover for them.  The 025, 045, and 066 all use the same sized racks.  The good thing about all of them is they cook moist, and only use 2 to 8 ounces of wood.  I have cooked 3 packer briskets in the 045, and can easily get 5 packers in the 066.  Just a hint;  If you decide on a Cookshack, order it directly from them.  Call them and have them upgrade the racks to stainless steel, and the custom side racks.  The custom side racks will give you more slots to to add more racks.  This will be less expensive in the end. 

Ok, Mike. I'm getting critical on needing new racks for my SM066 to replace the original chrome - they're all getting pitted and nasty and hard to clean. I guess I'm going for stainless, but man, the price is high. Oh well, it is CS. Maybe I'll start with 2 or 3 since that's all I typically use at once.

jay1924 posted:

Ok, Mike. I'm getting critical on needing new racks for my SM066 to replace the original chrome - they're all getting pitted and nasty and hard to clean. I guess I'm going for stainless, but man, the price is high. Oh well, it is CS. Maybe I'll start with 2 or 3 since that's all I typically use at once.

Jay 1924:  This why I tell people that are buying new to ask for the upgrade.  Much less expensive when you start out with the stainless.

 

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