Electric Smokers are the the best for families because of the ease of use, the ability to smoke without monitoring the smoker every 15 minutes, and being the safest of the smokers.
I always recommend electric smoker to people with families because I think they are much more convenient, safer and easier to use than gas or charcoal smokers.
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It is affordable
Electric smokers are on average cheaper than gas or electric smokers. Also, because they use wood chips and chunks vs charcoal and wood splits the average cost per cook is lower.
It is easy to use
There is no easier way to control the temperature of the smoker than with heating element, especially if you purchase the digital electric smoker. Digital smokers are great because you can literally set the temperature just the way you want it, doesn’t matter if it is 120° or 124°. That means you don’t have to be around it and maintain that temperature, you just set the temperature and let the electric smoker do it’s thing. Now, you have to check on it every once in a while to make sure everything is OK, but that is nothing comparing to the constant babysitting of other smokers.
It is easy to maintain
When you are done with the smoking you don’t have to clean the fire pit in the smoker for charcoal. All you need to do is unplug the smoker and take the wood chip pan out. You can easily clean everything because most racks, trays, and pans in the smoker are dishwasher friendly. That means you can easily clean them in the dishwasher so your cleaning time will be cut in half.
It is safe
When you are smoking in an electric smoker you don’t deal with the real fire. You are using an electric heating element that can be from 250-watt to 1500-watt which means that you are dealing with high temperatures, but not with fire. That means you can’t burn yourself on the fire and you can’t cause a fire, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be cautious. Safety should always come first and electric smokers have less of a chance of causing a fire than other types.
You don’t have to purchase fuel
The electric smoker runs on electricity you use in your household. That means you don’t have to purchase charcoal or a gas tank and you won’t end up with an empty smoker in the middle of smoking. Also, since the electricity is a part of your home, you won’t feel that expense as much as you would feel with other sources because you need to invest your time and money to buy gas or charcoal. The only thing you have to buy for the smoker is wood chips which are also used with grills so you probably have them at home.
The price, the amount of time you can save and the fact that you don’t have to buy a fuel for it makes the electric smoker a very affordable item.