Smoke Hollow Vector Series Smoking Tabletop 3-Burner ReviewPrice: $220 List Pros: Three burners & a smoker!
Cons: Heavy, bulky, doesn't allow for use of small disposable propane bottles
Bottom line: This is a heavy duty tabletop model with three burners, one of which heats a wood chip tray which turns it into a smoker.
Weight (pounds): 38
Cooking surface area (inches): 367 sq in
Manufacturer: Smoke Hollow
The Smoke Hollow Vector Series is a sturdy tabletop grill and also a smoker. It has three burners, two for grilling and one for the smoker/wood chip tray. It has two metal folding side tables with plastic extensions, folding legs, a built in thermometer, a wire warming rack and a large cooking surface. This product comes with a propane hose that connects to 1-20 gal propane tanks only.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
This product has two Vector burners that put out 6,500 BTUs each for a total of 13,000. It also has a third smoke tray burner that puts out 3,500 BTUs. This makes for a grand total potential output power of 16,500 BTUs. The only other contender with a greater output power that we tested was the Editors' Choice award winning Coleman RoadTrip LXX, which has a BTU rating of 22,000.
Smoke Hollow claims that the unique, geometrical "V" shaped design of the bottom of this product promotes a convection-style cooking that is fuel efficient.
The Coleman RoadTrip LXX and the STOK Gridiron 1-Burner also recieved high scores in this metric.
We didn't have any trouble controlling any of the three burners on this product. Each burner starts easily every time, and the propane hose is easy to connect to a tank because it has a nice big wrenchless plastic tightening handle that makes it easy to fasten securely.
We found that the smoker works great, but a lot of smoke escapes out of the back of the grill through the ventilation fins. You can remedy this by pulling the smoke tray out a little bit. After experimenting, we found that when using the smoking burner first and the two largest burners last, or only the smoke burner by itself (slow & low), this method provided excellent smokey culinary delights.
If you're looking for a smaller, more portable tabletop model with good control, check out the Weber Q 1200. The Coleman RoadTrip LXX recieved the highest score in this metric.
This product weighs 38 pounds which is only seven pounds heavier than the Weber Q, the other tabletop model we tested, but it is way harder to pick up and carry than the Q. It's too cumbersome and unbalanced to take by its lid handle, and the alternative is to hold the lid handle and a tiny, skinny metal bar that is on the back. One word: awkward. But, get it to where you're going (hopefully you'll be staying for a while), and you're set for grilling and smoking. Smoked and grilled food = yum!
The Coleman RoadTrip LXX is the only other model we tested with two burners. It weighs 50 pounds.
Ease of Transport
This product received a low score in this metric because it is awkward and bulky to carry. It has two sturdy lid latches on both sides that keep everything safely together during transport. All the legs and side tables fold in. This product does not take small propane canisters, as it has been designed for a large propane tank. Keep that in mind if you're a fast and light kind of person.
If you are a fast and light kind of person, check out the Cuisinart Petite Gourmet. It takes the small disposable propane canisters, but it does not have near the output power or the cooking area size of the Smoke Hollow. The Coleman RoadTrip LXX does have significant output power and cooking surface size and would be considered by most to be easier to transport, but it does not have a wood chip/ smoker tray.
The 367 square inch cooking area is the largest we tested. The porcelain coated wire cooking grids are easy to clean and the lightest and thinnest tested with the most space in between the wires for drippings to fall through. Fortunately, all the burners have covers on them so nothing (especially grease) can easily fall onto or into the burners. This product also comes with a chrome plated warming rack that we loved. The Vector Series has two generously sized 8" metal side tables that fold out and have 3.5" plastic extensions as well.
The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner has the next largest cooking area of 348 sq in and the Coleman RoadTrip LXX falls next in line at 285 sq in.
The Vector Series has covers over its burners which make it mostly wind resistant. The only wind issue we found was when using the smoke tray. When the lid on this product is closed, there is still a small amount of space between the base of the model and the top. This causes a fair amount of the internal smoke to be pushed to the back vent fins when the weather is very blustery.
The highest scores in this metric go to the Weber Q 1200 and the Coleman RoadTrip LXX. The Blackstone The Dash also recieved a high score in this area but it is a very small grill compared to the Smoke Hollow.
This model is excellent to use while on a hunting excursion, extended stay camping trip, or on a backyard porch. It is not ideal to use the smoking feature on a condo or apartment patio, as it gets smoky and your neighbors might not like that (though we thought the smoke feature smelled awesome).
At $220, this product was among the three most expensive models we tested. The other two are the Top Pick award winning Weber Q and the Editors' Choice award winning Coleman XXL.
This product is unique because it is the only product available on the market that is portable and also a smoker. It has three burners, one of which heats a smoker tray, the largest cooking surface we tested, a warming rack and a convection promoting design. We loved the smoking feature on this product. We experimented with different kinds of wood chips, and everything turned out tasty. The one thing we did try that was not favorable was using wood chips that had not been soaked in water first. It was just too strong of a smoke taste to palate. Salmon turns out excellent when cooked with the smoke burner only, and while being periodically basted. While we did love several things about this model, we didn't give it a high score in portability. It is cumbersome and difficult to carry. We recommend it for extended stay excursions or a permanent setup. We do not recommend it for a quick day trip.
— Valentine Cullen
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