Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large (SMV18S) Review

Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large with Stainless Door and Adjustable Shelves (SMV18S)


Smoking is a tricky job especially for beginners. Of course, you cannot take risks on those expensive smokers if you have no prior experience. Enjoying barbecued meat, chicken roasts with chilled beverages are favorite of many. Are you in a mood of some camping activities with your colleagues?

Or have plans for hosting party at your backyard? Thanksgiving is right at the corner and the first thing you have in “To-do” list is “Buy a smoker”? But the main concern is not any smoker but “the smoker”. The one that can hold reasonable lbs. of meat, have easy to use features and most importantly is cost-effective.

During research you will come across various brands offering smokers, grills, fryers and needed accessories. Each has its own unique selling point its own mantra.

Every brand has different price ranged products. For our review we have chosen Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large with Stainless Door and Adjustable Shelves (SMV18S). Yes, as the title suggest this smoker is by Camp Chef. The company is a pro in producing patio grills and pellet smokers, ovens and camp stoves.


Their products are so much feasible that they work great for outdoor cooking and even backcountry or your place’s backyard. The Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large comes with stainless door and adjustable shelves. The shelves are used to smoke the cut pieces of meat and introduce smokey hickory, mesquite flavors to the food items you add.

Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large with Stainless Door and Adjustable Shelves is great to smoke ribs, jerky, salmon, steelhead, trout, baking pies, bread and also turkey.

All these items require certain heat temperatures to get the fully smokey taste or be baked or cooked. If you buy this product you get a smoker which has an adjustable heat control system. So just check what the demand for your food item is and set accordingly. There are smokers that have pre-set temperatures and they are non-adjustable.

You have to cook your meal in that very temperature. So you are refrained from setting the temperature setting of your choice. Smokers that do not give you the right to have temperature control setting are even pricey at times. But this one is not only affordable but also has the control of temperature that matters to every food item differently.

There are three damper valves. The valves control the heat surrounding and do not let internal heat escape from smoker. This heat is important for your chicken, beef, turkey, fish or whatever you intend to add smoke flavor into. The stainless door also facilitates the same functioning of heat control. Of course if the heat or smoke is escaping more than required that your food will remain uncooked. It will just waste your time and money both. Make sure that the doors are well designed.


The product that we are discussing have strong designed stainless doors. We have mentioned of adjustable shelves infuses finger licking mesquite flavor to the favorite cut of meat. Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large temperature heat varies in between 160 degrees Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


You can use 160 degrees Fahrenheit to smoke items like cheese, sausages, burger patty and food that can work well at 160 degrees while other meat stuff will be needing more temperature heat which this very model SMVV18S provides i.e. up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

When you step into market you come across grills, smokers, fryers that have “no assembling required” on the boxes. It is a good thing in many ways but at times you do wish if there were some chance of opening up the vault etc. so that you can replace or clean the inside of smoker more easily. This you can attained by Camp Chef’s 18- inch smoke vault large SMB18S model. Though the doors are made up of stainless and shelves can be adjusted, this product do not come in ready to use form. You will have to take slight help of your friend.


You do not have to hire an outside to do this work. There is not much rocket science in assembling just a few screws to tight that’s all. Also, there comes a guide book to assist in case of any issue. You can always seek assistance through calling at camp chef franchise or factory outlets. The brand has a reasonable amount of experience and well aware of how to deal with the issues of their customers.


One thing that we would want our reader to know, if you intend to purchase the product online, know that some previous online customers have had one issue in this matter.

The issue was that when they received the package there were certain dents on their products. So it is an important consideration that you must not ignore.

Main Features of Camp Chef Smoker 18-Inch Smoke Vault Large with Stainless Door and Adjustable Shelves are:

  • There are two adjustable smoking racks that allow you to smoke fish, cheese items, beef, turkey, pies and jerky etc.
  • The three damper valves are adjustable. Among three, one valve is located at top while the other valves are one on each side of the smoker.
  • The stainless door has a door thermometer which is quite easy to read and helps in monitoring the temperature. You can adjust or have control over the temperature setting according to your food item’s demand.
  • There is no need of getting a match box to burn this smoker as the snap ignition is quite easy to use and user friendly.
  • With this product you get cooking ideas recipe book with various different food ideas to cook, bake or smoke.


  • You can change the smoker to natural gas at ease,
  • Cleaning and maintain of this smoker is easy however make sure not to clean while the smoker is on or else you can get some serious burning injuries.
  • The smoke is produced in reasonable quantity hence not damaging the environment as such and you can control heat using the settings.
  • This smoker is light in weight and can be carried in case of need.
  • The quality of this design is durable and totally worth the expense.
  • It does not come in ready to use package hence you will be needing assistance
  • Inaccurate thermostat.


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