Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D Propane Smoker Review

Low and slow cooking has established a great following because of the distinct and authentic quality of meat you can come up with it. Smokers have evolved over the years and added interesting features that will make each one the smoker of choice.

But with any product, convenience is one of the biggest selling factors. All smokers need briquettes, charcoal, and wood but any of these materials would ignite faster with a fire starter. But not everyone has the time to wait to build up and sustain fire, as well as the temperature. Likewise, beginners in the smoking game might feel intimidated by this process too.

Propane smokers are the best way to start the fire and immediately heat up your smoker without the need for doing things externally. Masterbuilt 200051311 2-Door Propane Smoker is also known as the Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30” is one of the most convenient smokers today. Read on to get to know more about this product.

In-depth with  Masterbuilt 200051311 2-Door Propane Smoker

This propane smoker sports a combination of black powder coated steel frame and chrome cool-touch wire handles on the outside. It has two doors where the upper one gives users access to a 717 square inches of cooking space divided into its four (4) movable chrome cooking racks. This much cooking space can handle twelve whole chickens or two medium to large whole turkeys. On the second access door is the water pan which capacity is just perfect to smoke 1 batch of meat. If you need more space, you can also purchase and fit in two more racks.

Masterbuilt 200051311 is also one of the lightest and most portable smokers for backyard grilling. It weighs 60 lbs. and measures 21.1” (width) x 21.4” (depth) x 43.5” (height).

Transferring from one location to another won’t be a problem with its side handles too. You will definitely find it easy to monitor the smoking temperature because of the built-in temperature gauge on the food chamber door. The smoker also stands on a very sturdy set of all steel legs.

You can save a lot of time and effort because all you can to do is add water on the water pan for a more balanced and juicer smoking. Then, just fill the charcoal chamber with wood and ignite the burner. Most smokers with a single door will have temperature inconsistencies due to the opening and closing of the doors to access the food and the smoking chamber. You won’t have to encounter that problem with the Masterbuilt 2-Door Propane Smoker.

Inside the smoking chamber is a water pan coated with porcelain for durability and ease of cleaning. The smoker has a 15,400 BTU stainless steel burner that is built for low and slow smoking. The smoking chamber has a precision burner control and a rear adjustable damper for easy temperature management.

Another way to ensure that all the flavourful smoke and even temperature is locked in is the sealed smoking feature of the Masterbuilt 20051311. The doors are properly sealed and reinforced with a hinged-locks on both chambers.

The brand new set comes ready with a propane gas regulator, a propane hose and a hose hook on the side. It also comes fully assembled when it is delivered.


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    ​717 square inches of cooking space
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    ​Four (4) adjustable chrome racks with provision for additional 2
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    ​Separate cooking and smoking chambers for better heat retention
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    ​Adjustable rear damper
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    ​Sealed smoking feature


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    ​Would need a digital thermometer for temperature accuracy

Bottom line:

Whether you are a beginner or a pro the Masterbuilt 20051311 2-Door Propane Smoke will not intimidate you nor fall short of your expectations. It builds up the smoking temperature faster and retains it better due to the sealed smoking mechanism. The large water pan minimizes top-ups and keeps meat juicy and tender. With plenty of smoking space, you can surely prepare a spread for 8 to 12 people with just one batch.

Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker with Classic Accessories Cover

The Masterbuilt 20051311 comes paired with a classic cover which perfectly fit its dimensions. Having a snug cover will prevent dust, moist, and water from damaging the exterior of your smoker. This is the best way to prolong the service life of your grill.

Cuisinart CSG-900 Wireless Dual Probe Grilling Thermometer, Black

Juiciest and tastiest meats require accurate smoking temperature. Even though this smoker has a built-in temperature gauge, it is still advisable for home cooks to get a digital thermometer like the Cuisinart CSG-900. It is a set of probes, a remote transmitter and a remote receiver that lets you monitor the smoking temperature from 300 feet. It can also store timer, grill and meat settings to help you achieve the same goodness that you enjoy over and over.

Other Products Like the Masterbuilt 2-Door Propane Smoker

The Masterbuilt Propane Cooker is also available in two more sizes and variety, suitable for a bigger crowd:

​1. Masterbuilt GS40 20050211 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch

Masterbuilt GS40 20050211 Black Propane Smoker, 40-Inch

This single door propane smoke is shorter than the Masterbuilt 20051311 but it offers a wider smoking space of 1300 square inches. With is four (4) fully adjustable racks, it can cook four whole turkeys or up to 8 racks of ribs.

Masterbuilt 20050614 Propane Smoker, 44-Inch

The Masterbuilt 20050614 is also a 2-door smoker. It offers a 2000 square inches of cooking space. It looks more modern than the other two as it features a see-through glass panel on the smoking chamber door. You’ll never have to open your cooking chamber to check if your food is cooking just right. A batch of 6 turkeys or up to 20 whole chickens will be done in just single cooking.


Masterbuilt 20051311 is a basic yet sophisticated smoker that will please any novice cooks and even the pros. It is a perfect addition to any backyard and will make every family gathering a memorable and enjoyable one. At the end of the day, the heart of every party and reunion is the food and the people around it.

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