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Cajun Injector Black Electric Smoker - Cajun Injector
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Five Star Reviews:
I absolutely love this product. Thank you so much for making it available. What a great idea. I have recommended it to my entire family and all my friends. Fast shipping, excellent product, what more can a consumer ask for.
August 9, 2017
Works exactly as stated. So affordable price to buy such a practical product, very value, I'm going to buy a friend gave me as a birthday present. Happy with this product and the service given. I expect commodity in time to the logistics very quickly, I hope I will always use it, this is a worthy purchase products here, this is a pleasant shopping.
Very nice bit of kit. Performance of the product is very good, very fast, I have been using it and would recommend it to more friends around.
very happy with this smoker
June 29, 2014
This smoker met all the needs I was looking for. I did a fair amount of research on the various smokers and for the money it seemed to hit all of the things I was looking for. It was wide enough to put in a full brisket without having to cut it, it had two doors so you can work on the chips without letting out the heat, it had two burners to help control temperature and timely burn two different chip trays without having to reload the cabinet. It was easy to assemble, it does a pretty good job of not releasing smoke in various door cracks etc, and is large enough to cook for a large party and work in multiple meats. Very pleased with this purchase so far. I have owned it for about a month now and have two smokes under my belt, fathers day and an anniversary party all went off well with many rave reviews.
April 28, 2014
I could find just 1 video review on the Smoke Hallow Smoker thanks for that (derrickman83), the written reviews here did gave me a good impression. The Hallow Smoker was very easy to assemble, some minor dents on the corners from transport witch could be solved with a small beat of a rubber hammer.
As mentioned on this smoker by some reviewers there was a issue on the gas regulator to crank it down to low temperatures. i have no complains on that part (i think i have a newer version, outgoing pressure 1 PSI ) its awesome to do Ribs on this smoker. Use one burner set to 235 F (3/4 knob setting) and after a few hours as your chips are done you can switch over to the second burner. No seal on the front door, but all the smoke stays inside the smoker and makes its way nicely to the small stack tube, i have made a aluminium duct to guide the gases away about 8 feet long. (and still no smoke coming from the door.
Overall great buy and user experience
February 14, 2013
This smoker does everthing it says it will. Went from a charcoal smoker to a gas smoker and I will never go back to charcoal.
December 11, 2012
Mmmmm. Best purchase made for/by me in years. Turkeys, pork, and especially ribs are wonderful. I would recommned this if you can fill it. If not, go smaller.
We love this! Just set the timer and let it ...
December 5, 2016
We love this! Just set the timer and let it cook. All around a great smoker for a great price.
November 22, 2016
works very well. performed as advertised
February 14, 2016
Dont miss out
January 24, 2016
Absolutely love this thing. It smokes wonderfully and it easy to use and it comes with a cover to protect it so it can be stored outside. I live in an apartment , I store it on my balcony. The shipping was fast!
October 2, 2015
husband loves his new smoker
Ecedes My expectations
October 21, 2013
It truly is a set and forget, set the temp and then set the time, put in the meat and fill the water pan, close it up, add the pellets for smoke. ( but you can't help but check it). I have done a pork butt for pulled pork (14 hours) Some pastrami , several slabs of ribs. All great. It is made in china but the only thing cheaply made is the latch, the rivet that holds the bottom part together keeps coming loose and I have to put it back in.
Four Star Reviews:
OK to Good smoker but no door seal makes it feel kind of cheap
December 20, 2016
Takes about 1 1/2 to assemble. Its kind of heavy (not saying that is good or bad) so plan on having someone help move it. On the negative side, it does not come with an insulation strip for the door. Consequently, a LOT of heat and smoke is lost through the door. So much so that is changes the cooking times. For the price, that should be something that is included. A few other quirks: some of the parts were bent/damaged from shipping (the bracket for the water pan), the grease cup is supposed to hang under the bottom somewhere, but it is not clear where or how.
This is a big smoker with a lot of space inside.
Serves the purpose
September 5, 2016
Works well once it is put together. I must warn future buyers of one thing; you have to be careful when installing the temperature gauge. Mine broke as I snugged it in place. Manufacturer sent a replacement with no questions asked. The only other problem I have had is one of the igniters stopped working after the second use. Not a big deal to manually light the burner but it is a little annoying. Assembly was not too difficult, although some of the illustrations could have been better. I did have a small hole in the back of upper cabinet. I filled this in with some Black smoker leak sealer. I also sealed the upper and lower cabinet doors with gasket material as recommended in other reviews.
i believe this will work
April 11, 2016
I have made one cook. I discovered that the flame was blowing off the element. Several reviews indicated a needle valve was the solution, so I purchased one. Well the hose and valve assembly I received with the unit were swaged or pressure fitted. So I replaced the hose and low pressure valve and added the needle valve. What I discovered was the new valve, maybe a better product, controlled the pressure, returned the flame to the burner and the needle valve was unnecessary. I also find that the flame control to be somewhat inadequate. There more or less is a high, middle and low, with not an unlimited amount of adjustment. It is a smoker, but I am uncertain that the higher temperatures can be reached.
Aside from that, the wind seem to create turbulence under the unit and with the flame blowing off the element, gaining heat was a problem. I can't say at the moment, but I may place some sheet metal on the legs to move the wind turbulence to well below the heat source. (yeah, it needs air). Clearly the unit needs ventilation, but putting 8 to 10 inches of sheet metal between the legs and below the element may let the heat build better.
The unit burns hotter without water, and I like a hotter cook for chicken and fish with mild smoke, so barbeque instead of smoking. To get to 275 was a bit of a struggle. It may be that getting the flame under control will increase the heat, but I feel certain that the wind was evacuating the cook box (oh yeah, Florida, and 80 degrees, nice day, except 20 mph wind).
I also purchased a universal equipment base with rollers. In our climate this unit would rust out in less than two years, based upon the typical gas grill, but by putting the mobile tool base underneath it rolls in and out of the garage nicely. Lock the wheels and start the cook. Once it is done and cool, disconnect the propane and roll it back inside. EASY.
So four stars because I still hope it does what I want, which is better flavor than electric and less work than a stick burner, without the cost of buying pellets. In the first cook the wings turned out great, the butt was slice-done, but not pull-able. I hit the stall, and thought I could push the temperature while cooking the wings; couldn't get the temperature up high enough. So the wings took a little longer and I should have wrapped the butt. After science, it becomes art, and I'll know more by year end.
I am still optimistic. I weighed the propane tank and only burned 1/4 of a 20 pound bottle, small tank like the one on a typical home grill.
Good large capacity vertical smoker
October 24, 2014
Good quality large smoker. Holds temp very consistent, even loaded with 60# of Pork Butt. Water pan design helps deflect flare ups. Assembly instructions easy to follow.
Minor complaints - packaging - internal and external pretty beat up looking but no parts were damaged. Smoke boxes - low clearance, looks like they were designed for chips, I use chunks, and find I need to break down larger ones to get them to fit.
Overall I'm happy and would recommend this smoker.
After some understanding, the unit works great!
March 24, 2014
My 2 units both arrived in nice boxes.... great
1 got taken to mexico the other unpacked here in CA.
Both were dented and came without instructions.
Neither will heat up over 220 and the smoke bins have all warped.
Just off the phone with Kerrie from Smoke Hollow.
She is very nice and gave suitable suggestions.
1. There is some sort of industry standard safety in the regulator that goes on (safety) when you open the propane tank valve fully especially at full tank level.
She said to undo the connection and wait 5 minutes, reattach and slowly open the propane tank 1/4 turn, light the unit and it should be good to go.
a. I have turned mine open all the way, and both units had fresh tanks attached.
2. If that doesn't get the heat up.
She suggested I fiddle with air mixture adjusters which are located at the end of the burner tubes.
a. I looked for them prior to knowing where they were..... As my other units that have adjusters have them at the entrance to the gas to the burner.
I will try these suggestions.... I hope that we have all learned something from them.
She is also sending me new chip boxes that distorted from the many hours of realllllllllly sloooooooow cooking with little flames that warped all 4 of them. Thank you Kerrie.
She is also sending me a manual which neither unit came with.
Great customer service. I will check out unit number 1 after work today in CA. Happy grilling!
Great news!!!!! The regulator safety was my California smokers problem.
It got up over 400 degrees pretty quickly!!!! I did not have the chip boxes in, or the liquid tray.
IT WORKS!!!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY UP TO 4 STARS, only 4 as both my units came in new boxes but were damaged inside like many others have reported, and the temperature gauge that came with each unit is not close to accurate.
For the money, well worth the cooker!
January 5, 2015
Had to reassemble the wood pellet shoot. Was bent.
August 18, 2014
I love most of the features, but it needs one revision: a better way to load the pellets/chips. I use chips, and the chute is pretty awkward to use. You can work with it, and it's great to not have to open the door to add chips, but it could use a better design there. It's a definite step up from our older smoker which was heavily used when weather permitted. I love the timer, and I love that it comes with a sturday water and drip pan. The rollers make it easy to move. And I especially love that the element is not exposed as it was in my previous smoker. All in all, I am very pleased with purchase, and I would recommend this item.
cajan injector black electric smoker
February 18, 2014
I really like the digital setting ,set time & temp then just wait. Very easy to use. We only had to use 1/4 cup wood chips to get good flavor in our bacon. We made bacon & salami that tasted very good.The only bad thing, there wasn't a book or directions to figure out cooking times.
cajun injector electric smoker
August 30, 2013
We have been having a great time smoking a chicken, some ribs, brauts and some cheese. The where the pellets go in could be better but we are working around it.
Husband loves it!
July 8, 2013
Gave Cajun Injector Smoker to my husband for Father's Day. We have used it at least 4 times since then. He says it is much easier than charcoal, since it maintains the temp. He gets about an hour's worth of smoke from a handfull of pellets, and it's easy to add more. Built-in meat thermometer is real handy, as well. We've done ribs, chicken, sausage, and don't forget the corn (it's awsome). Can't wait for the pulled pork next weekend!
Three Star Reviews:
Seems ok, despite having to fix a manufacturing defect. We'll see how it holds up.
July 19, 2017
Just put it together today...haven't used it yet, and I'm a novice smoker, so I can only comment on my initial impression of build quality. I'll try to remember to come back and edit after I've used it.
The smoker seemed to be packed well. Nothing was dented when I unboxed the parts. The sheet metal does seem to be on the thin side, but I wasn't expecting this to be a pro quality smoker. Others have said the doors don't seem to seal tightly. I haven't used it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if I get some smoke leaking out of the door. I already tighted the latches as far as they'll go (they have some adjustment). If it doesn't seal, I'll stick a gasket around the door.
I at least hooked up a propane tank to it to test it. Some users have reported one burner not lighting. I DID have this same problem with the left burner. I pried back the shield covering the burners and igniters, and saw the wire to the electrode for lighting the left burner was twisted around and jammed in between the electrode and the sheet metal, where the electrode protrudes out to reach the burner. I pulled the wire back behind the sheet metal shield where its supposed to be, and saw that the shielding had been scraped away where it had been jammed against the sheet metal. It was shorting out against the metal. Once I had it pulled away, it ignited just fine. I wrapped that part of the wire with a bit of electrical tape. The problem was definitely an assembly/packing problem (that part of the smoker is already assembled during manufacture).
While I didn't expect this smoker to be pro quality, it was irritating to have to troubleshoot a manufacturing defect. However, it was minor, and seems to now be fully functional. I'll try to come back and update after using it for a bit.
EDIT: working on smoking a brisket. A little bit of smoke leaks out the door, but it's not a big deal. This thing runs HOT. One burner on low, keeps it around 225 F. I got this with the idea of performing DIY modifications to convert to natural gas. If it's running this hot on propane, I may not even have to modify the orifices for natural gas. One I run a gas line to it and test, I'll report back.
May 1, 2017
The thermometer broke when I put it on the smoker. How do I get this replaced on my brand new smoker (haven't used it yet). Also, the grease cup that was included in the box, not clear how I attach it? How do I attach it properly.
I put everything together. Takes quite a lot of work to put together. Directions aren't great.
Good and bad
April 9, 2017
Is built not very effective. One of the grill burners, fire is going off so I have to check every 30 minutes. Wood chip pans are too close to the water pan that makes harder to take out and put back your wood chip pans when you smoking meat. Good thing you can bring the temperature to 250-270 and you can smoke a lot of meat.
Great smoker, once I spent more money and time repairing shoddy manufacturing
May 30, 2016
This is a great smoker. Once you spend a week and more money modifying it, that is. Unfortunately the box is very poorly put together. I got everything securely assembled, which wasn't too hard to do (although this thing is a beast, so make sure that you have space available for assembly). I was so excited about running it for the first time, until I saw smoke pouring out of every poorly assembled piece of this box (factory assembly, not mine). The welding on the main box was so poorly done that I could see sunlight clear through to the other side. The smokestack was bent and warped. The front door wasn't close to being flush. It was sorely disappointing to spend this much money and not have a working smoker. I was getting more smoke on the outside of my house than inside the smoker. But sending it back wasn't really in the cards, since I actually needed a large propane smoker and this is the largest home model that I could find. So I went out to the hardware store and bought Flue Tape to cover all of the seams on the inside and went online to order a FDA-approved food safe gasket for the door ([...]). I got the flue tape in that day, but had to wait for the gasket to arrive and was able to install that a week later. I still have smoke leaking out of the bottom of the lower door (in comes together in a way that it wouldn't work to add the same kind of gasket) and around the warped pieces of the smokestack. But all in all it works like a smoker should. Last night we made some delicious smoked turkey. We used one burner for the turkey, as two burners on low can't go below 300 degrees. Propane makes the temperature is very easy to control compared to using a wood fired smoker. I now have a huge smoker that I am very happy with, but I wish that it had actually come out of the box that way.
One other thing is the controllers could be better protected from dripping fat on the inside of the ...
April 18, 2016
A very large smoker. Arrived damaged as the hardware inside came loose and banged around in the sheet metal cabinet. Also, don't trust the thermometer, as it is not accurate at all. On a 60 degree night and the smoker not in use it was reading 120 degrees. One other thing is the controllers could be better protected from dripping fat on the inside of the box. Otherwise it looks like it will get the job done. I'll update this post when I put it to the test.
Eventually i cooked the brisket in my oven and let the smoker cool down.
October 10, 2015
I have had this for three years now, the biggest problem i see people having is this unit is not capable of prolonged temps of 250 degrees. It causes malfunctions in the control module and will probably cause the unit to fail. Even though the manual says it can do 275, i typically wont use it over 225. I tried 250 for a 14 hr brisket, but after 6 hrs it started flaking out. The green led heating indicator flashed on and off, i could hear the element go in and out and the temp displays toggled between the meat probe temp, cab temp and set temp...i unplugged and tried it again over and over. No luck. Eventually i cooked the brisket in my oven and let the smoker cool down. .after about 2 hrs it started working normally again. I have read reviews other than Amazon that confirm the lack of quality, so my advice is to spend a bit more on a mastercraft, make sure you have at least a one year warranty and you should be good.If it completely craps on you, it could still be useful as a cold smoker if you remove the chute door by drilling the two hinge rivets an then purchase a mastercraft smoke generator for 58$ on amazon. I used a 3" alum. Flexible dryer venting attached to a pvc with steel tape that fits to the inside of the cajun injector and the other end fits over the outside of the mastercraft smoke generator. Makes awesome smoked cheese and cold smoked salmon. If your element still works in the cajun injector you can remove the chip tray and set the temp and have all the smoke come from the smoke generator. The benefit of the dryer vent is it helps prevent creosote build up on the food from the smoke. I will try and include a picture of what i did with mine instead of trashing it...
Look for Local buy if you want. UPS will damage in shipping.
December 26, 2013
I would like to include the pictures of one of the rear wheels caved in. Will try to add to product user picks. Straitened it out some with pliers. Quality is so so. The laminate in front of the control panel looks like a roll a coaster. Not very good quality there. I hope it works after clearly being rolled and dropped by UPS. Will have to wait as it is snowing heavy now.
Two Star Reviews:
May 10, 2017
So as many have stated the gas manifold wasn't manufactured to acceptable standards, this is a very cheap unit most likely made in an obscure china factory with horrible working conditions. I would buy something else. I spoke to Smoke Hollow over the phone and they told me it was due to my gas valve being too high or too low. Or I didn't stand on only my left foot to keep both burners, burning. Or was that my left foot.. hmm. You will get food poisoning from the burner going out or a huge waste of meat. Enjoy!
made cheap. lots of smoke leaks,
February 2, 2017
made cheap.lots of smoke leaks, the burners don't burn evenly
December 19, 2016
Had to take it apart and adjust air input for burners in order for it to work correctly.
Initially it worked great! I smoked venison
September 3, 2017
Bought this model at a local store. Usually I am an amazon customer but it was on sale for a bit less than amazon.I had it little over a year.Initially it worked great! I smoked venison, fish, veggies, all kinds of stuff. I probably loaded it ten times over the year.However, I recently harvested a lot of red jalapenos from the garden and was all excited to make some chipotles, but this was not to be.Plugged in and initially it lit up like normal, but kept blowing the breaker when the heat went to cycle (red light on). Tried different outlets and GFCI and not GFCI with the same results. Always stored out of the weather and kept clean.Was great when it worked, but only lasted 11 months. Made in China, so short life cycle was expected just like everything from China, but I figured I'd at least get 2 years out of it with moderate use and good maintenance. Not so. Going to get a Masterbuilt or Bradley next time.
Long time to heat up
July 2, 2017
This smoker takes hours and hours to heat up to 220-225 degrees. I usually have to set it up the night before to begin heating, otherwise it will not "get there" in time on the day I plan to use it. Other than that it does a good job.
The smoker itself works great! However
November 28, 2014
I bought this for my husband for his birthday for a little more than $200-. The smoker itself works great! However, we used it only 3 times and the door ended up coming off the hinges. We tried to fix it, but it no longer will seal shut and the door just keeps falling or blowing off -- which is an extreme hazard!. Tried to see if we could exchange it but we're past the time limit -- didn't even have it for 6 months before we could no longer use it!
nonfunctional in a month
March 28, 2013
I really wanted to like this smoker, but I didn't get to use it very much. The unit started tripping the circuit breaker about every 10 minutes (used the same outlet the previous successful attempts). Might be I just got a bad unit, but I didn't want to try the same model again. On a positive note: since it died so soon, Amazon covered shipping the defective unit back.
One Star Reviews:
issues with 2 of these- don't buy it.
June 7, 2017
I bought one and it did not work properly. returned it for another and it too did not work properly. I have been smoking for years. I even owned 2 smaller smokey hollow units and I have never had issues with them. I am really disappointed in the function of this unit. I would not recommend at all unless you want meat that is under temp and a lot of frustration.
November 24, 2016
I am very quite disappointed in this smoker. I cannot bring the temperature over 150 degrees.
I have tried changing the tank to see if that would make a difference. Nothing. I am not happy with this smoker. Crap.
July 26, 2016
Okay it's not hard to count, the hardware package came with 9 1/4-20 Flange nuts right per description, But one problem step 3 needs 2,1/4 -20 flange nuts, step 8 needs 8, 1/4 -20 flange nuts. Let's get this right I already used 10 flange nuts, but it get better step 11 needs 1,1/4-20 flange nuts & step 13 need 2 1/4-20 flange nuts, so that's 13 flange nuts needed for assembly but only 9 is listed in package. Very disappointed so I'll save my review for later when I can complete the smoker assembly
Try a different smoker.
May 5, 2016
This product came with quite a bit of damage. It was bent in several places, but disassembling it and sending it back would have been twice the work. After bending things back and getting it together, Left vent would not open and close. Wholly dissatisfied with this product
December 26, 2015
AVOID!!! Terribly shoddy construction: busted welds, crooked rack holders, door latches not centered with their holders making for a tenuous bond. Mine has its left side caved in making it unuseable. The areas that aren't busted or crooked have very tiny weld spots - it's just a matter of time that the smoker fails. Inner boxes are shredded and wholely unsuited for the journey to the buyer. For this $$ you should expect to receive a product that only needs assembly, not attention from a welding and repair crew.
May 23, 2015
Blew circuit breakers as soon as it was turned on. I bought a different brand locally because of the need for one right away and easier return. No problems with my new one Let me say though that Amazon does make returns really easy
AVOID IT LIKE IT WAS A ZOMBIE!
April 5, 2015
Received as a gift just over a year ago. Only used it about 15 times. Mostly ribs (4 hours) and pork butts (9 hours). The second to last smoke session we noticed the temperatue readings were 20 to 30 degs lower than the entered temp. The last one we compensated for the difference and it died. Temperature dropped and just wouldn't hear any more. At $13.33 a session this is a complete rip-off. A 90 day warranty should have been an indicator of the quality. It was in this case. I would avoid this one and spend a little more for better quality if you plan to do a decent amount of smoking.
March 2, 2015
Purchased this smoker at a local sporting goods store after a recommendation from the most-uninformed salesman ever. I'm usually pretty good about reviewing and carefully weighing my purchase options. For some unknown reason my judgment was lacking and I was attacked by an impulse purchase. I made do with this smoker for 1.5 years until it crapped out.Pros:1. The smoker is reasonably insulated2. meat probe is a nice feature3. nice rack configuration/jerky racks and water/drip pan placementCons:4. The temperature readout warped and bubbled away from the smoker on the first use5. Temperature readout is unreadable in any light condition other than pure darkness6. Chip tray is too small7. Access opening to add chips is too small and a poor design (Masterbuilt's is way more user friendly and functional)8. Inconsistent temperature readings and temperature control. (impossible to keep a constant temperature) Chips flare up and burn out quickly even when soaked for hours on end causing temperature spikes and rapid drops.)9. Constant attention, because of #710. Cheaply made electronic components that fail after a short time use. ( mine started tripping my GFCI and would no longer function)11. A smoker should last more than 1.5 years.Save your money. If your content on buying a electric smoker get the Masterbuilt or Bradley smoker. http://www.amazon.com/Masterbuilt-Digital-Electric-Smoker-Remote/dp/B00FBCMNZC/ref=sr_1_9?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1425314776&sr=1-9&keywords=masterbuilt+electric+smokerI've now purchased a GMG Daniel Boone pellet smoker. It's much more fun, easier to control and produces great food. It also has it's down sides but over all a better product. My electric smoker did seem to produce a little more smoke profile than my GMG but that has been resolved with the addition of an A-Maze-N smoke tube also available from Amazon.Electric smokers are awfully handy when they work properly, they can be more work because they don't often smoke long enough with one dose of chips. Most will require new chips ever 30 minutes to one hour.Don't waste money on this junk.Purchased this smoker
Didn't last long
June 13, 2014
When I first got the smoker I absolutely loved it. The probe quit working in a month. Because I bought it on Amazon instead of a sporting goods store, there was nothing the company could do for me. No big. I bought a digital probe and was good to go. Now, less than a year after purchase, there's a short somewhere and I get voltage pretty much everywhere on the smoker. And, because I'm a smoker addict, I actually smoked a batch of bacon even though I was getting shocked. Because the back is riveted on, there is no way to get into to see what's going on without tearing it apart. Oh, and I'm not an electrician. So, sadly, I cannot recommend this smoker and will be ordering a different brand in hopes it lasts longer.
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Lawn & Patio
Outdoor Leisure Products, Inc
Bruce Foods - Cajun Injector
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Lawn & Patio
Outdoor Leisure Products, Inc
Bruce Foods - Cajun Injector
24.50" L x 60" H x 33" W
17.75"L x 18.75"W x 33.75"H
Outdoor Leisure Products, Inc
Bruce Foods - Cajun Injector
1 year manufacturer warranty
Welded 44-inch double door cabinet system
Dual independenly controlled 10,000 btu inline stainless steel burners and two porcelain coated wood chip pans
Largest smoker offered by smoke hollow
Comes with three standard cooking grates two jerky trays and one rib rack
Continuous temperature (100°F to 275°F); Auto shut-off; Side access wood pellet chute
Five chrome plated smoking racks (Perfect for Jerky); Adjustable door latch
Insulated for energy efficiency; Air Damper; Easy to Clean; Two jerky racks
Two adjustable front legs; Two rear wheels; Food temperature probe; Rib or sausage hanger rack
Meat probe temperature display button; Two oven mitts included; Precision digital control; ETL Certified