Little Chief Smokers from Smokehouse
Little Chief Smokehouse Smokers come in two different body styles, a front loading design and a top loading model. The focus of this review is the four rack, Little Chief, front loading smoker whose initial design came about in 1968. The three sides of the smoker are riveted together and the front panel removes for insertion and inspection of product.
Little Chief Front Load Smoker
- Small but effective
Little Chief Front Load Smoker is one of the smallest ones available on the market, with a weight of only around 20 pounds. It is incredibly easy to move around. The four rack front loading shelves have a capacity of 20 pounds of meat, although capacity would vary on the protein used. If you’re curing thinly sliced beef tip for jerky, it will hold two to three pounds. This is the perfect size for family use. If you’re planning on feeding a crowd or smoking large quantities of food, you may want to step up to the Big Chief.
- Affordable price
At the $100 price point, the Little Chief is no more expensive than an average specialty kitchen appliance. It is designed for outdoor use and storage and the aluminum body is rust resistant. The smoker comes with a two year warranty and replacement parts are available online in the case of repair, although reviews from owners state that they have used and enjoyed their Little Chiefs for upwards of 15 years without any trouble.
- One heat setting
The Little Chief is different from other smokers we’ve reviewed in that it only has one heat setting. The thermostat is set at 165 degrees allowing for a low, cool smoke. Reviews have noted that in cooler, windy weather, this model does not hold its heat as well and could benefit from an insulated blanket which is sold for about $15 as an accessory.
- Smoking Style
Because this smoker only has one temperature setting, it is designed for a cold smoke process, which does not necessarily cooke the meat, but allows for a cool smoke and cure. If you’re a novice to the smoking process, this could be compared to a dehydrator that also allows for smoke infusion. If your intention is to roast Boston Butts for BBQ this is not likely to be your best choice. If your goal is to make your own beef jerky or smoke fish and fruits, this is exactly what you’re looking for.
- No smoking inside!
This smoker is not designed for inside use. It is made to withstand the elements and be used in the outdoors. While it’s still a small size, take your outdoor space into account when purchasing. A roomy porch or patio should do just fine.