Best Smoker Box for Gas Grill Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

– Best Smoker Box for Gas Grill Reviews 2019
A gas grill is incredibly convenient for a variety of reasons and still allows you to get a nice flame flavor without having to worry about the mess of charcoal. However, gas does not actually impart any kind of special flavor in and of itself onto the food as a smoker can. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best smoker box for gas grill reviews of 2019. We think that the LIZZQ and Charcoal Companion are the best options for most people, but you have to keep reading to see our best value.

– Best Seller
— LIZZQ Premium Pellet Smoker Tube 12 inches – 5 Hours of Billowing Smoke – for Any Grill or Smoker, Hot or Cold Smoking – Easy, Safety and Tasty Smoking – Free eBook Grilling Ideas and Recipes
https://www.amazon.com/LIZZQ-Premium-Pellet-Smoker-Tube/dp/B06ZZRR7XD/
LIZZQ is likely not a name too many people are familiar with the company was founded just a few years ago. However, this smoker box comes directly from the company’s founder and was used in his personal restaurant kitchen. On top of that, the LIZZQ smoker box is the only product that LIZZQ currently makes, allowing the company to focus exclusively on providing a high-quality product. While the LIZZQ is a bit more limited in some respects than some of the other options we reviewed, it also offers some of the best performance we found too.

Great Smoking
When judging a smoker box, it is important to understand what you intend to use the box to smoke. Thankfully, the LIZZQ smoker box offers one of the better performances for smoking a wide range of different foods. In fact, this is also one of the best smoker boxes on our list to be used for both hot and cold smoking— though it is more suited for hot smoking than cold smoking. By far one of the best qualities of the LIZZQ smoker box is the fact that it provides a robust amount of smoke. A big part of this comes from the fact that the LIZZQ smoker box is the only product on our list that features a hexagonal design.
This might seem like a minor difference, but it allows the LIZZQ smoker box to vent more smoke than many of the other products we reviewed. On the other hand, the LIZZQ is actually a smoker tube which also carries with it some limitations. Specifically, the LIZZQ smoker tube is only meant to be used with smoking pellets, meaning you should not use this smoker box with wood chips. On top of that, the fully-vented design of the LIZZQ smoker tube can allow ashes to fall out when changing the wood pellets if you are not careful.

— Pros
Is a less expensive smoker box
Provides better venting
Has a 5 hr maximum smoke time
Made of stainless steel
Suitable for hot/cold smoking
Has a hexagonal shape

— Cons
Only meant for smoking pellets
Ashes can fall out

– Top Pick
— Charcoal Companion Stainless Steel V-Shape Smoker Box For Gas Grill Wood Chips (Long) – CC4066
https://www.amazon.com/Charcoal-Companion-Stainless-V-Shape-Smoker/dp/B002WJIQGW/
While you may not necessarily have heard of Charcoal Companion, the company has actually been around for 35 years. That said, Charcoal Companion is actually just one of many brands housed under the Companion Group corporation. Still, Charcoal Companion does at least specialize exclusively in grilling accessories, giving them both the focus and experience to produce good products. With regards to the Charcoal Companion CC4066 smoker box, the company tries to provide something that works for most people– though it does have some limitations.

Both Worlds
One of the more difficult things to square when choosing a smoker box is what kind of smoking fuel you want to use. Both types of fuel have their advantages and disadvantages, but most smoker boxes are better suited for one type of fuel or another. In order to prevent this choice from impacting your experience, the Charcoal Companion smoker box employs a design that allows it to use any kind of smoking fuel. Basically, the CC4066 smoker box can accept both wood chips or wood pellets and provide just as good of results. Unlike most tube smokers, the Charcoal Companion smoker tube has a solid “base” which prevents ashes from falling out.
Though it should be noted that the CC4066 smoker box only provides venting on the top and does not vent as much as some of the other options we reviewed. On top of that, the CC4066 smoker tube also has a hinged lid allowing you to fill it with wood chips if desired. That said, the v-shape design does mean that the Charcoal Companion CC4066 smoker tube will not sit upright in all grills. Basically, your grill needs flame deflector bars for the Charcoal Companion smoker box to sit upright. Thankfully, most gas grills come with flame deflection bars, but make sure your model is compatible.

— Pros
Is a less expensive smoker box
Has a triangular v-shape
Made of stainless steel
Has a hinged lid
Has a solid bottom
Can use different smoking fuels

— Cons
Not for every grill
Not the best airflow

– Best Value
— Char-Broil Cast Iron Smoker Box
https://www.amazon.com/Char-Broil-Cast-Iron-Smoker-Box/dp/B0001B50B2/
Char-Broil is likely one of the few companies on this list that need no introduction as it boasts one of the best reputations in the industry. To be fair, Char-Broil has had plenty of time to earn that reputation as it is not only the oldest company that we reviewed but is also one of the oldest outdoor cooking companies in the market. However, Char-Broil does focus a bit more on making high-end grills more than they focus on grilling accessories. As such, it should not be a surprise that the Char-Broil smoker box is one of the more basic products on our list. Still, this is an extremely cheap smoker box and still offers some things that none of the other products do.

Different Build
Most of the time, adding a smoker box to a gas grill is done to give food grilled at higher temperatures a good smoky flavor. However, not all grilling is done at higher temperatures and “cold smoking” done at lower temperatures is better for different types of food. The problem with this and smoker boxes is that stainless steel does not retain heat as well and generally require a higher grilling temperature to maintain. This is why the fact that the Char-Broil smoker box uses cast-iron can serve for a wider range of smoking applications.
To be fair, you might need to be a bit more experienced to use a cast-iron smoker box or else you might struggle to maintain the proper temperature. However, once you do get the Char-Broil smoker box smoking, you do not have to worry about the temperature too much after that. Though it is heavier than all of the other options on our list, its standard smoker box design does allow for easier positioning. On top of that, the solid bottom allows you to seep the smoking fuel while the removable lid makes refilling it easier.

— Pros
Is a less expensive smoker box
Is made of cast-iron
Is easy to position
Has a solid bottom
Has a removable lid
Can use different smoking fuels

— Cons
Is prone to rust
Is more difficult to use

– Runner Up
— Grillaholics Smoker Box, Top Meat Smokers Box in Barbecue Grilling Accessories, Add Smokey BBQ Flavor on Gas Grill or Charcoal Grills with This Stainless Steel Wood Chip Smoker Box
https://www.amazon.com/Grillaholics-Barbecue-Grilling-Accessories-Stainless/dp/B01J6OY6DM/
Like a number of other companies on our list, Grillaholics is not that old with its founding half a decade ago. However, this company is quickly gaining a good reputation for consistently making high-quality products. To be fair, Grillaholics specializes exclusively in grilling accessories, so they can maintain focus. However, the company might think a bit too highly of itself as they also have a tendency to price themselves much higher than similar products. That said, the Grillaholics smoker box offers one of the best warranties, so they might be worth the extra cost.

Balancing Act
The Grillaholics smoker box gets many things right, but it might be trying to do too much to increase its versatility. This is a standard smoker box, but it actually provides some of the best venting we saw with vents on the sides as well as the top. Even better, the Grillaholics smoker box still uses a solid bottom, so you do not have to worry about it spilling ashes anywhere. The Grillaholics smoker box is made of stainless steel to help keep maintenance down, and the standard design makes it easy to position too. In order to make refilling the Grillaholics smoker box easier, it also features a hinged lid– though this is where the trouble begins. Basically, as a stainless steel smoker box, you likely need to grill at higher temperatures with Grillaholics. Unfortunately, grilling at higher temperatures has a tendency to warp the hinges of the lid when done for long periods of time.

— Pros
Is made of stainless steel
Has a hinged lid
Has a solid bottom
Provides better venting
Is easy to position
Can use different smoking fuels

— Cons
Is a more expensive smoker box
Is prone to warping

– Also Consider
— Carpathen Pellet Smoker Tube 12″ Stainless Steel | 5 Hours of Additional Billowing Cold Smoke for All Electric, Gas, Charcoal Grills or Smokers | Ideal for Smoking Cheese, Fish, Pork, Beef, Nuts
https://www.amazon.com/Carpathen-Stainless-Additional-Billowing-Electric/dp/B06Y3SL196/
Carpathen is another company that most people have likely not heard of if for no other reason than they have only been around for a few years. While it may not have the same level of experience as some of its competitors, Carpathen does only make 2 different products. This allows Carpathen to put all of their attention on these products to help ensure that they are high-quality. While this definitely pays dividends, it also means that they need you to pay more for products that are not much different than some of their competitors’

Good Smoke
While this is not inherently the best smoker box that we reviewed, it is definitely one of the better options. Specifically, the Carpathen smoker box is fully-vented, so it produces and vents more smoke than most of the other options we reviewed. On the other hand, the Carpathen smoker box does use the tube design which means you should only use wood pellets with it. On top of that, the Carpathen also suffers from the same issue where ashes can fall out if you are not careful. That said, the Carpathen smoker tube is suitable for both hot and cold smoking and even comes with a complete kit. Aside from a canvas bag to house the Carpathen smoker box when not in use, you also get a number of different guides and recipe books– both manual and digital.

— Pros
Has a 5 hr maximum smoke time
Is made of 304 stainless steel
Is easy to position
Provides better venting
Suitable for hot/cold smoking
Comes with a complete kit

— Cons
Is a more expensive smoker box
Only meant for smoking pellets

– Best Smoker Box for Gas Grill Buying Guide 2019
— Type
When choosing a smoker box, one of the more important factors to consider is the type of smoker box to use. This is because different types of smoker boxes affect the performance of the product and often require different techniques. While there are actually a few different types of smoker boxes, they can broadly be broken down into boxes or tubes. While both types of smoker box ostensibly do the same thing, their design impacts the particular way in which you should use them.

— Box – This is the traditional type of smoker box and, until not long ago, was pretty much the only type of smoker box. As the name suggests, this type of smoker box is rectangular in shape, though the tube type can come in this shape as well. One of the main selling points of a traditional smoker box is that they are often more versatile than the tube type of smoker box. On top of that, the traditional smoker box is also able to hold either a wider variety of smoking fuel or larger pieces of smoking fuel. One of the main benefits of a traditional smoker box is that they are usually easier to position than a tube smoker box. However, a traditional smoker box may be a bit more difficult to refill once the smoking fuel has been spent. On top of that, the traditional smoker box is generally easier to take care of once the smoking fuel is spent.

— Tube – While not exactly “new,” the smoking tube is definitely the more recent design in smoking boxes. Rather than a short, rectangular box, a smoking tube uses a longer, somewhat narrow design. However, smoking tubes come in a wider variety of shapes for different types of grill, though most can still be used on any grill. One major difference between the traditional smoker box and a smoking tube is the intended fuel source. While it is possible to use wood chips for some smoker tubes, many smoker tubes are meant to be used with wood pellets only. Another difference between smoker boxes and smoker tubes is that most smoker tubes are designed to provide significantly more venting than a traditional smoker box.

— Materials
The material of a smoker box is not inherently the most important factor, but it is something that will often influence how you use the smoker box. On top of that, the material will usually impact the overall durability of a smoker box as well as how much maintenance you need to do and what kind of maintenance. While it is not usually that big of a deal, the material used for a smoker box can also impact what kinds of grills it is meant for or how effectively it will function with a given type of grill.

— Stainless Steel – This is one of the more common materials used for smoker boxes with good reason, though it does come with a few caveats. Stainless steel is an incredibly versatile material that is structurally durable as well as naturally resistant to rust and corrosion. While you should not leave stainless steel exposed to the elements, you generally do not need to perform as much maintenance on it as you do other materials. Even better, though stainless steel requires less maintenance and handles exposure better than other materials, it is also much easier to clean. That said, stainless steel requires a more intensive manufacturing process which has a tendency to increase the price. Though, this also means that stainless steel can be formed into a wider variety of shapes and designs too.
While stainless steel is reasonably strong, it is still more prone to warping or deforming under higher temperatures than other materials. This can limit a stainless steel smoker box’s lifespan if you use it to smoke at higher temperatures. Stainless steel is also much lighter than other materials which provides more options on where to place the smoker box. One thing to keep in mind is that stainless steel does not retain heat quite as well as other materials, so you may have to smoke at higher temperatures depending on the heat output of your gas grill.

— Cast-Iron – Cast-iron is an incredibly common material used for grills in general, not just for their smoker boxes. One of the biggest reasons to use cast-iron for a smoker box is that they retain heat much better than other materials. This means that you can usually keep a cast-iron smoker box going at lower temperatures than you can with other materials. However, this also means that it takes a bit longer to get a cast-iron smoker box up to the right temperature in the first place. One of the best qualities of a cast-iron smoker box is that you do not have to worry about it deforming even under extremely hot temperatures. That said, this is due to cast-iron’s incredible density which also has a tendency to make it significantly heavier than many other metals. This weight can make positioning a cast-iron smoker box a bit more difficult depending on the strength of various components in your grill.
Cast-iron is a fairly durable material, in general, but it comes with a number of caveats that can impact its overall lifespan. For instance, cast-iron is not only not resistant to rust, but it is also actually more prone to rusting than many other types of metals. To counteract this without impacting the flavor of your food, you should “season” the cast-iron smoker boxes before using it. This involves coating the cast-iron smoker box in some type of oil and “baking” it in the grill for 30 minutes to an hour. To be fair, you do not actually need to do this to prevent the cast-iron from influencing the flavor of your food, but this is how you prevent cast-iron used in food preparation from rusting. What is more, should you use an abrasive scrub or brush to clean the cast-iron smoker box after using it, you will need to re-season it to keep it protected from rust.

– FAQ’s
— Why Use a Smoker Box?
While the ostensible reason for using a smoker box is fairly obvious, it can actually be broken down into a couple of different reasons. By far one of the biggest reasons to use a smoker box comes down to basic economics. Most of the time, if you want to smoke food, you need to use a dedicated smoker which is a large grill. Most smoking grills are extremely expensive compared to other types of grills and are also fairly stationary. Even is a large smoker has wheels, it is not really meant to be taken on the go everywhere or all that often.
Beyond simply wanting to save money, a smoker box allows you to get some of the benefits from a dedicated smoker grill for a significantly lower price. On top of that, a smoker box is far more portable than a smoker grill and can usually be used with a wide variety of different types of grills. This is especially useful when you want to get that hearty smoke flavor with your grilled food but are using a smaller grill. That said, it is important to remember that a smoker box will not provide the exact same kind of results as a smoker grill. For one, the smoker box will not be able to cook your food like a smoker grill can which means you still need to consider how to both use the smoker box as well as cook your food.

— How to Use a Smoker Box?
How you use a smoker box depends both on the details of the smoker box you use as well as the type of smoking fuel. One thing that applies to pretty much every smoker box arrangement regardless of the box or the fuel is that you need to soak the smoking fuel before using it. The reason for this is that the smoke flavor you get, whether from a dedicated smoking grill or a smoker box, comes from the thick smoke released by smoldering fuel. Much like you need to let charcoals die down a bit to smoldering coals before using them to cook, the smoking fuel should not actually be on fire when you use it to infuse a smoky flavor into your food.
To prevent the smoking fuel from outright burning and to provide the most flavorful smoke, soak the fuel. One thing to consider, though, is what you smoke the fuel in as this will impact the flavor of the smoke. While water is a tried and true safe liquid to soak smoking fuel in, you can also use wine, beer, or other liquids that are flavorful. Keep in mind, you want to soak the fuel in a liquid that is water-based, so do not soak your fuel in oils or anything else that might catch on fire.
Another important thing to consider with how to use your smoker box is the type of smoking fuel you use. While there are a wide variety of different hardwoods that are used for smoking fuels, they come in just a couple of different forms: chips and pellets. Wood chips are fairly standard and have been used for smoking fuel for about as long as humans have smoked their food. Unlike pellets, wood chips are irregularly shaped and generally not treated with too many processes beforehand. Wood chips are generally much less expensive than wood pellets, but they are also a bit more limited. This is especially true in terms of filling a space as their irregular shape prevents you from packing them quite as tightly.
Wood pellets, on the other hand, are highly processed hardwood sawdust that has been compacted into relatively regular pellet shapes. Aside from the fact that the pellet shape makes it easier to fill a smoker box with, they are also much denser than wood chips. This density allows wood pellets to burn for significantly longer than wood chips and produces a lot more smoke. This allows you to use fewer wood pellets for the same amount of smoking than chips and reduces the number of times you have to refill a smoker box.
This is beneficial when you need to cook food at a higher temperature as the wood pellets will still provide ample amounts of smoke compared to wood chips. That said, wood pellets themselves burn at a higher temperature than wood chips which can also contribute to the cooking process. Though, most smoker boxes are too small to actually provide much benefit to a gas grill in this context. It is also worth noting that wood chips have a tendency to produce a somewhat bitter flavor when smoked at too high of a temperature and are better suited for low-temperature grilling.
What your smoker box is made of will also affect how you need to use it and can often require more dedication and control when grilling. Basically, stainless steel smoker boxes do not retain heat quite as well as cast-iron smoker boxes do, but they can achieve smoking temperatures much quicker. This means that a stainless steel smoker box can usually be brought to a smolder is a short amount of time but you might need to pay more attention to their temperature throughout the smoking process to prevent the smoking fuel from actually catching fire. On the other hand, cast-iron smoker boxes are denser than stainless steel ones and take a lot longer to get to smoking temperatures. As such, you will need to pay closer attention to the cast-iron smoker box as it reaches smoking temperature, but you generally do not need to worry about the smoking fuel catching fire once it does. This also allows you to grill your food at lower temperatures with a cast-iron smoker box which is necessary for “cold smoking.”

— What to Look for?
The type of smoker box will definitely be one of the more important choices you make, though this heavily depends on the type of smoking you intend to do. For example, a tube smoker is better if you have a smaller gas grill or one whose components are not quite as sturdy. However, it is important to remember that a tobe smoker is generally designed to use smoker pellets as opposed to wood chips. This means that a tube smoker should be used for cooking foods at a higher temperature which makes it a better choice when using it for general grilling purposes.
On the other hand, a smoker box can also use wood pellets, though it is usually large enough to fit wood chips as well. One thing to consider is how long you intend to cook your food as a standard smoker box will usually hold more smoking fuel than a smoker tube. If you intend to use your smoker box for “cold smoking,” you might want to use a standard smoker box as opposed to a smoker tube. This is because a smoker box can technically smoke for longer than the tube, though the actual design will affect this.

– Conclusion
As we can see, there are a lot of different factors to consider when choosing a smoker box for a gas grill. Even if some smoker boxes might seem similar from the outside, minor tweaks in their engineering and design can play a big role in their performance. If you want to smoke with wood pellets, the LIZZQ comes in at a lower price and has a hexagonal design to increase its smoke venting. Of course, if you want a convenient smoker box that can easily handle both types of smoking fuel, the Charcoal Companion is a good bet. For a less expensive option, the Char-Broil smoker box offers a traditional design with cast-iron materials. The Grillaholics is definitely more expensive, but it is a standard smoker box that also comes with a great warranty and convenient design. Finally, the Carpathen is another solid smoker tube for wood pellets, but it is also one of the more expensive options we reviewed.

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