Camp Chef Smokepro SE Review [The Best Wood Pellet Smoker]

Pellet grills are considered by barbecue lovers as the best tool for grilling since it provides a unique smoky flavor to the food. Over the years, Camp Chef has manufactured useful and high-grade cooking gear, including pellet grills.

This Camp Chef Smokepro SE review includes the different features, pros and cons of using the smoker. Here is a quick recap on what we think of this grill.

The Camp Chef Smokepro SE Pellet Grill Review

4.5/5.0
Our Rating

SUM​MARY

The Camp Chef SmokePro SE Pellet Grill is one top-notch grill that is perfect for a summer backyard barbecue party. If you love cooking outdoors, the Camp Chef Smoker Pro Grill is the recommended equipment.

As compared to other barbecue units, this one has a meat probe. The temperature display will tell you the temperature inside. With its built-in temperature gauge, you can monitor how cooked your food is. 

The grill has a cooking area of 429 square inches that allows for you to grill more food. If you love cooking for your family and friends, this cooking area will suit you perfectly. 

Additionally, this SmokePro grill has a digital system that allows you to set your cooking temperature. This way, you can get an evenly cooked meat. The internal part of its chamber functions like an oven, which only means that there are no cold spots on the grill. This will help you have uniform cooking throughout.

Disposal of grease can be a messy job. SmokePro has an effective grease disposal system with a grease collecting bucket for a clean delivery. Also, it is effortless to set up and easy to use, while maintaining an average price range that matches its delivery.

What Makes This Pellet Grill Stands Out?

  • Dispenses pellets automatically, when needed.
  • Effective grease management system that keeps the smoker clean.
  • Digitally controlled system that allows you to control cooking temperature, hence giving evenly cooked food.
  • Temperature gauge that enables you to monitor how far the cooking has gone.
  • ​Adequately priced and delivers efficiently. 

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 106 pounds

Size: 0.50 × 25.00 × 22.00 inches; 429 sq. inch

Power Source: Pellets

Grilling Area: 19.5" × 22"

Hopper Capacity: 18 pounds of pellets

Camp Chef Smokepro SE Review

Camp Chef SmokePro SE smoker and barbecue grill have lots of features to make your smoking and grilling process much simpler and worry-free.

Key Specifications

  • 27,000 BTU maximum grill

  • Built-in sensor Gauge controls the internal cooking temperature.
  • Grease drip disposal system with a bucket.
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    Grilling Area Dimensions: 19.5" x 22"
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    Hopper Capacity: 18 lbs. of pellets.
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    Large 19.5 x 22 grilling area.
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    Large capacity pellet hopper means less filling is required.
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    One-year warranty.
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    Overall Weight: 110 lbs
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    Power type – wood pellets
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    Product height – 40 inches
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    Product length - 23 inches
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    Product width - 38 inches
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    Product type - smoker and grill combos.
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    Roller wheels for convenience.
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    Single burner.
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    Steel grate material.
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    Total rack surface area: 429 sq inches.
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    With head indicator.

Main Features Of The Camp Chef Smokepro


The Camp Chef SmokePro SE grill and smoker has made cooking outdoor easier.

You don't have to sweat over a fire pit for hours. You can set your desired cooking temperature and continue with other things you need to do.

Camp Chef SmokePro smart technology maintains a uniform temperature range to generate as much smoke as possible, providing your food a superior flavor.

Editor's note: What I love about this pellet grill is its fast and easy ash cleanout system. By simply pulling the lever, your firepot will be ash-free and ready for the next cooking session.

Below are some of the essential features of the smoker unit.

1) Bigger Hopper for Pellets

The pellet hopper of SmokerPro is big enough to accommodate around 18 lbs. of hardwood pellets. It is enough to sustain an 8-hour cooking process.

In case of bad weather, the hopper can be sealed tightly. You can check out other affordable grills here.

2) Bigger Cooking Area

There is nothing worse than having an overcrowded grill; it gives you a hard time cooking. The SmokePro has a bigger cooking area as compared to others. It has more than 560 cubic inches.

If you love cooking for your family and friends, you will appreciate this feature as you can prepare the food for everyone at the same time. It can be tiresome if you cook in batches.

3) Digital Temperature Control Unit

This feature controls the temperature. You will benefit from high and low settings, or you can simply set the unit. 

This smoker is equipped with meat probe. The probe will calculate whether to decrease, increase or continue with the present temperature and for how long.

Just make sure you have enough pellets in the hopper.

4) Can Reach High-Temperature Fast

Some pellet smokers cannot reach high temperatures. But, the Camp Chef SmokePro SE Grill can quickly reach its optimum temperature.

5) Easy to Clean

The Camp Chef SmokePro has ingenious cleanout design. It lets the grease and oil drip from the meat directly into the drip pan. You can remove, empty and get rid of the oil within a few minutes.

6) Easy to Transport 

Due to the fact this grilling unit only, weight 106 lbs. you do not have any difficulty in transporting the unit. You can easily camp around to a neighbor’s backyard easily.

7) Removable Ash Cup

If you do not have patience in cleaning the unit, you will thank Camp Chef they manufactured SmokePro. With its smart feature, the ash accumulated in the firepot can be removed easily. 

All you need to do is to pull a button found on the right side of the smoker. Then remove the ash cup and get rid of the ash. There is no need to remove the grates and vacuum or sweep out your grill.

8) Automatic Pellet Auger

This is yet another convenient feature that maintains accurate heat in the cooking chamber by releasing the right number of pellets in the firepot.

Once the optimum temperature is achieved, the auger will stop instantly channeling pellets.

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The Pros and Cons

Every product has its pros and cons, and Camp Chef SmoKePro SE is not exempted on this.

To help you determine if this product is worth buying for or not, below are some of the pros and cons.

PROS

  • The unit can be used in grilling, baking, roasting, smoking, and barbecuing.
  • Heavy-duty steel construction.
  • Large cooking area.
  • Built-in sensor gauge controls.
  • Can reach the optimum temperature fast.
  • Digital control to maintain the cooking temperature.
  • No problem of uneven cooking, fumes, gas leaks or grease flare-ups.

CONS

  • The unit is not recommended for use during windy days.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Some users are complaining about the thermometers. Is the thermometer accurate?


Yes, the thermometer can provide accurate measurement of temperature. It is usually between 10 and 15 degrees.


However, it depends on where you are taking the temperature – on the grates, lid or middle of the smoker.


2. Is it possible to cook beer can chicken using the SmokePro when it comes to height?


Yes, it is possible. It can be done by offsetting; you can add six of them all at once. Also, the unit includes an accessory used for cooking beer can chickens.

 

3. How long does the smoker require to reach high temperatures, up to 350 degrees? 


The SmokerPro can reach 250 degrees as fast as 15 to 20 minutes and 350 degrees within 30 to 40 minutes.


But it depends on the temperature around you. The unit can reach the highest temperature fast.

 

4. Does the unit come assembled?


No, it does not come assembled. However, it is easy to assemble the unit. It only comes with parts like the chimney and the legs.

 

5. How many pounds of turkey can it hold?


You can cook two, 12 to 15 lbs. turkey in the smoker.


6. How many Boston butts can Camp Chef hold?


It depends on the size of the butts. You can comfortably fit 4-6, 7-8 lbs. each.

 

7. Can I use hickory wood?


You can use it if it is in pellet form.


Final Verdict

Camp Chef SmokePro SE Pellet Grill

This Camp Chef SmokePro SE review proves that this unit is a fantastic smoker that is priced reasonably. Since it is quite affordable, lots of people prefer this grilling tool for their outdoor cooking. 

It has incredibly innovative features which make using and cleaning fast and easy. Because it is lightweight, you can easily transport it anywhere you want to.

If you are not enjoying filling the hopper with pellets, again and again, this unit is for you. It has bigger pellet hopper for continuous cooking. As a whole, we rate this unit 4.5 out of 5 stars.


4.5/5.0
Our Rating

What we Liked:

  • Light. Easy to transport.
  • Large cooking area.
  • Affordable.
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    Fast and easy to clean.

What we Disliked:

  • Quite hard to operate during windy days.
Camp Chef SmokePro SE review

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    Hi, my name is Verner Ellen. I am a homebody whose interest is in getting the best home tools and equipments to help with the the everyday house chores. I also love fitness, cooking and grilling. Maintaining a clean and comfortable home is my lifelong passion.

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