Once you get your Masterbuilt electric smoker and have used it for a while, you’ll be looking for ways to improve the smoking process without having to buy a more expensive smoker.
Luckily there are a huge range of Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications that you can make.
The Masterbuild electric smoker is extremely popular for its ease of use and price, which means there are many people buying it and looking for ingenious ways to utilize it in different ways or to simply get a better smoke on their meat and other items.
Detailed below are the best Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications that may solve your problems or even introduce you to new ideas of what your Masterbuilt electric smoker can do.
Best Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Modifications
Masterbuilt electric smokers are one of the cheaper options when looking for a smoker, and this is great and allows people to get fantastic quality smoked meat, cheese, and anything else you may consider smoking.
However, due to the price, there are some issues or poor quality design choices to save on cost, so many people look to Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications to fix these issues.
Build A Smoker House For Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Most people leave their Masterbuilt electric smoker outside, which means it’s exposed to the elements, which can cause a number of issues.
Primarily with the electrical components like the electric control panel; once this becomes damaged, you’ll need to replace it.
You’ll also find that in colder climates, such as when it’s sub-freezing temperatures, the Masterbuilt electric smoker will stop functioning.
You need to manually warm up the controller and temperature gauge, or you need to disconnect components and take them inside, or even take the entire smoker inside.
One of the best and potentially easiest Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications is to build a Smoke House that allows you to keep your Masterbuilt electric smoker outside and away from the damage caused by rain and sun, along with keeping the smoker a bit warmer.
Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Mailbox Mod
One of the best Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications is the mailbox mod; this is a relatively simple modification that moves your wood chip holder outside the smoker.
This gives you a range of benefits that allow you to smoke longer and get better tasting meat.
- Don’t lose heat, smoke, or moisture by opening the smoker door to deal with wood chip or pellet issues or even to add more on longer smokes.
- You won’t have fat drippings clogging up your wood chip smoker.
- You’ll get more room for meat by moving your wood chip smoker to an external device.
- You can cold smoke your meat because the smoke is coming in from an external device, and you don’t need to turn on the smoker.
- Improve the taste of your meat by limiting how much creosote builds up inside your smoker; the mailbox mod improves smoke airflow and captures some creosote before it enters the smoker.
Upgrade Your Temperature Sensor In The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Without knowing exactly what the temperature is of your meat at all times, you’ll need to keep going out and checking the temperature.
One of the most beneficial Masterbuilt Electric smoker modifications is to install a temperature sensor with Bluetooth or Wifi enabled.
The big benefit is that you don’t need to keep checking by going outside and opening the door, which is time-consuming and can slow down the cooking each time you open it.
With an upgraded temperature sensor, you can check the meat from your phone.
Upgrade Your Controller In Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
The Masterbuilt electric smoker comes with a fairly basic controller, which keeps costs down but limits your ability to get exact temperature control, it can overshoot or undershoot the temperatures, and it’s a common problem that people solve through Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications.
The best modification for your standard Masterbuilt controller is replacing it with a PID temperature controller.
This allows you to program temperatures for specific amounts of time and get more exact temperatures over your smoke.
Increase Smoke In Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Many people find that the Masterbuilt electric smoker can run out of smoke quickly or doesn’t produce enough.
One of the easy Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications is to install an A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker into your smoker.
This gives you additional smoke throughout your smoker and with enough room for pellets to last for an 11-hour smoke.
Install The Slow Smoker Attachment
If you’re looking for continuous smoke and the option to cold smoke your meats and cheeses, then you’ll want to get a pellet smoker as mentioned in #5 above, or you can get the Masterbuilt slow smoker attachment, which is fantastic and one of the few officially supported Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications.
It’s a better option for cold smoking and a great way to smoke your cheeses, make jerky, and even smoke your fish for storage.
You get 6 hours of smoke, and it’s easy to add more wood chips without having to open the main smoker door.
Seal The Edges Of Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
You want smoke inside your Masterbuilt electric smoker; that’s why many of the modifications deal with adding more or stopping the requirements of opening the door.
Unfortunately, one of the big problems people face with the smoker is that smoke can escape through poor-quality seals.
One of the Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications that many people implement is to enhance the seals around the door and other areas where they notice smoke is escaping from.
This can mean adding some sealant from the hardware store or installing cork stripping around the door.
Install A Fan To Create A Convection Smoker
If you’re looking to get more even heat distribution or to ensure your smoke gets around all of your meat, then one of the good Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications is to install a fan into your smoker.
Some of the more expensive Masterbuilt smokers have a fan installed by default, but the majority do not have fans.
Luckily the process simply involves drilling into the side of your smoker and installing a fan.
You can buy smoker fan kits from Amazon or build your own fan.
The best advice when installing your own fan is to only have the fan inside the smoker, with the electrical and other components on the outside to avoid overheating or damage; it also means a smaller hole is needed to install the fan.
Add High-Temperature Grommets For Masterbuilt Smoker Temp Probes
If you upgrade your temperature probes to a more expensive model, you’ll want to safeguard them.
Instead of looping them through the door, which can cause pinching and ultimately a failure, you need to implement some Masterbuilt electric smoker modifications.
One of the common modifications for this issue is to install high-temperature grommets, which requires you to drill out holes in multiple positions of your Masterbuilt smoker, enough for all of your probes, and then seal your grommet into place.
Your temperature probes will last much longer, and you won’t need to break the tight seals you may have installed on your Masterbuilt electric smoker.
Install A Water Pan Into Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
By default, Masterbuilt electric smokers don’t come with a water pan, but many people find huge benefits in using a water pan across all smokers to add more moisture and tenderness to their meats, especially when smoking for longer periods of time.
You’ll want to get a water pan that can cover the bottom of your smoker but isn’t so high that it takes up a lot of room.
You’ll want to experiment with how much water is needed, but generally, a half-full pan is the best place to start.
Some of the benefits of a smoker water pan are:
- Temperature control for when it’s hot or cold outside; you can add hot or cold water to your water pan to keep the temperature at a stable level.
- Keep your meat moist on longer smokes or when the meat is a little drier.
- Catch any fat drippings, which makes cleanup much easier.
- It also helps regulate heat around the smoker; in some situations, you may have colder spots, especially when the smoker is very full.
The biggest downside to the water pan is that the added moisture can cause issues for your wiring and connectors on your heating element.
So be wary of that, but it’s a quick job to replace the connectors if they do corrode.
Can you use the wood chips in a Masterbuilt electric smoker?
Yes, you can use wood chips in your Masterbuilt Electric smoker.
For using wood chips in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, you should remove the loader and return it to the electric smoker.
After loading the wood chips, place the loader in your electric smoker and turn it and unload it.
You should load them accordingly so that the wood chips will fall into the tray over the heating element.
Can I use wood pellets in my Masterbuilt electric smoker?
No, you can’t use wood pellets in the Masterbuilt electric smoker.
Masterbuilt recommands using only wood chips or wood chunks in Masterbuilt Electric smoker, propane smokers.
They also state that pellets are to be used exclusively in their pellet smokers.