28 April 2021 by: Mrs French
Excellent service and delivery. Smoker has exceeded all expectations, far better quality than expected for the price. Easy to put together with great results from first cook.
07 April 2021 by: Brian
Great value for the price, easy to assemble, door does have a slight gap at the top so let’s see if that has any impact, going to change the thermometer as have seen numerous reports about its quality, can’t wait to get smoking on it. For £100 you really can’t go wrong as an intro to smoking
Very good smoker
31 March 2021 by: roy
Having now owned the callow smoker for 15 months, i can now give my opinion. With a few cheap(ish) tweaks its almost fantastic, but nothings perfect as the saying goes. It leaked smoke around door area, solved with self adhesive stove rope. The vent wheels are untouchable when smoker becomes hot. So I attached via screws, pieces of doweling. Also when using vent wheels the nuts loosen, but by using an additional nut on the same thread and tightening both nuts against each other this problem is sorted. The holes in the charcoal basket for me were too large, so i just put another grate on top turned at 90' degrees to make holes in basket smaller. (less charcoal drops through) It keeps constant temperature and it is literally, set and forget. Yet it did take me some time not to keep taking top off, for a quick peek. After all is said and done, its very good.
06 February 2021 by: Pete Fortsch
I'm very impressed with the quality of my smoker. Very sturdy heavy construction. This is my first smoker purchase so I bought this as an entry level and am aware that you can pay much more than this for one. Why pay more? This product fits the bill. Well made and worth every penny.
30 June 2020 by: Matt Newton Ede
Quality: great for price. Solid. Vents are a bit flimsy and sharp. Thermometer already is condensation fogged after 1 week. But that’s fine as they are always rubbish! And I use a proper wireless multichannel thermometer. Grills and hooks are solid. Overall quality is great. Ease of use: Comes in a kit. Took 30 mins to assemble. Ideally you need screwdrivers, socket set and open spanners for speed. A 6kg bag of coal done “minion” method gave me a great cook at 235-250 for 14hrs. Size: Just right for us. Did a 2.5kg brisket and fit fine. Maybe could get up to 4-5kg with a bit creative on the grill! Hanging would allow more. Really pleased. Can think of no reason to spend 3x as much on Weber SM or similar. The brisket came out great after the long cook. Bit dry, but that was the cooks fault!! Ribs next.... will use the hook hangers. Overall: very impressed. Will probably buy another for another location. Seemingly MUCH superior to equivalent Amazon vertical smokers at similar price point, based on reviews of those products. Thanks so much team. I’m dead happy!!
29 June 2020 by: Matt
Easy to put together and very well designed. Perfectly priced for those like me who want to start experimenting with smoking. Amazing value.
Premium bbq smoker
19 June 2020 by: Paula
We like cooking outside and use our charcoal bbq throughout the year so thought we'd try a smoker. We recieved the item very quickly (free delivery too). My husband has used it once (had it less than a week) and the beef he smoked was good however we need to practice, trying pork tomorrow (no fault of the smoker, just us being novices). Also there were 2 clips missing, i emailed and within 2 days we were sent 3 clips. Very good communication. Paula
09 May 2020 by: Ward
Easy to assemble, easy to use made up with it. Fantastic customer service, overall really pleased
Walter the Baby Euro Smoker
08 May 2020 by: David Rogers
Following a trip to the US wanted to try some BBQ smoker style. This is a good beginners BBQ at a good price. I bought a bluetooth thermometer as the one that comes with it is pretty pointless. Hot Smoke cooking range is 125 - 180F the included thermomenter starts at 200F. The assembly instructions are basic but sufficent. I used my fine adjustment tool (hammer) to help the door fit more snuggly. As my grandad used to say you get what you pay for and this is a £100 smoker not a £600 one. Me and the kids are enjoying spending some time smoking our own food, have done mainly Carolina style pork but going to move onto Texas beef cuts. You can do grill BBQ as well all you have to do is move the fire holder up to the middle rungs. For an English summer this is a good smoker, given the opportunities to use it in the sunshine. If you want to cook for more than 5 -6 you may need a bigger one, but this is great to learn on.
07 May 2020 by: Tony
Very pleased arrived with in 24 hours Checked parts 2x Thermostat nuts missing Contacted Scott at garden gift shop missing parts put in post delivered by post within 2 days brilliant service. Product easy to assemble
06 May 2020 by: Ben
Nice little smoker! Ideal for a beginner like myself. Next day delivery and can be used as a standard bbq or grill.
04 May 2020 by: Steve
Have been looking for a smoker for a while and came across this. It seems to be sturdy and my first smoke went well (although my temperature controlling could do with some work). Generally pleased, however one of the clips broke during assembly. I've emailed customer services and tried calling with no luck. Would very much like to get the part replaced when possible.
01 May 2020 by: Richard Long
Still awaiting delivery.
14 April 2020 by: Alan Roberts
Had initial problems but, the service provided is second to none, my issue was dealt with efficiently and smoothly. Well made product and is highly recommended by WoodSmokeforum.uk Tape around the door though not essential helps with temperature control - a tip picked up from the forum above. Thank you.
06 December 2019 by: Roy
Fast delivery from Garden gift shop, thank you. As for the smoker, it is fantastic looking piece of kit. Looks like it will last too. As of yet the great British weather has meant it hasn't been used.
Premium Charcoal BBQ Smoker Grill
11 September 2019 by: alex armstrong
I've just got into smoking & bbq food so thought i would get something not too pricey and this is a great product. It does not cook a huge amount at a time (have not tried whole chicken yet!) but would be great for 4-6 people as you if you put enough charcoal on it will last a while so can cook in batches. I would put more charcoal on it than instructions say until you've got used to it- better too much than not enough. Have cooked/smoked chicken kebabs and veg kebabs (20mins), burgers too so grills really well. Have cold smoked garlic and hot smoked mackerel but takes some adjusting of hot coals and woodchips to get right. Come with practice like anything i guess! Probably important to cure to bbq first time like instructions say and not leave out uncovered in rain! Worth youtubing the callow smoker bbq videos and Wade Nash has some sound advice
23 August 2018 by: Ben
Super speedy delivery and service from GGS. After unpacking the smoker, I discovered that there was only 3 bottom vents and a new charcoal basket. Spoke to Scott at Callow who advised that this was the latest model with further improvements. Overall build quality of the smoker is good. Assembly was pretty straightforward although some nuts were tricky to get to and tighten fully. Have only had the chance to season the smoker and smoke a chicken but the results were good. The smoker maintained heat well and I had very little to do in terms of vent adjustment or anything else. So far so good...
A great piece of kit
24 June 2018 by: Shan Sivell
This is a great value bbq/smoker, and having put it together- of which more later! - I’ve used it all weekend for a variety of cooking, all of which turned out fabulously. Delivery can’t be faulted- I ordered Sunday, it arrived Tuesday. The instruction book was... patchy. The construction details seem to have a chunk missing, and the pictures are SO SMALL. Luckily, having followed the instructions for the base, the rest of it was pretty much common sense. But really, the booklet needs an overhaul. Someone else commented that it could do with a cookbook. Yes, it would be very helpful to have a couple of recipes to try straight away. That said, there are plenty of great cookbooks available. I downloaded the Pitt Cue Co book from Amazon, which is hugely helpful on the subject of smoking food. In short, I’d recommend this item, as long as you’re able to think outside the box a little. I look forward to a summer of outdoor cooking.
I Like it
17 May 2018 by: Andy
A very good value BBQ Smoker. Assembling takes a bit of time and patience. The instructions don't seem to show you all the steps but it's quite easy to see where fits where. The lid didn't fit when I got to the last assembly part but I was able to bend the barrel into shape. It was good fun cooking with this and the results were well worth the effort. I used some recipes from the bbqpitboys which I would also recommend giving a go. All in all if you purchase this I don't think you'll be disappointed.
05 March 2018 by: melanie
great product, just a few minor adjustments to make - screw holes to fix clips onto lid, but otherwise good.
Callow vertical bbq smoker grill
30 October 2017 by: Paul Seager
Bought this to smoke some chillies and hopefully move on to smoking chicken or other meat joints. Easy ordering process, delivered promptly and although the assembly instructions weren’t comprehensive they were followable with a bit of common sense. The product looks good and inspires confidence that it should be up to the job and last a while. It’s easy to use, but I believe the thermometer does read low so would recommend a separate one for checking every now and then. Overdid my first batch of chillies (my fault, didn’t check regularly) so will be more observant next time With a charcoal top up before bedtime the burner stayed lit all night Very happy with the product and service received.
Good smoker at a reasonable price
21 March 2017 by: Wade
I recently bought one to test and I was very pleasantly surprised with it. This is a well built smoker that will be good for people interested in starting to hot and cold smoke meat and fish. It is compact and so does not take up too much space in the garden and it comes complete with a weatherproof cover. The size will be about right for most families who want to try low-and-slow smoking pork joints, ribs, whole chickens and brisket and, in conjunction with a gas or charcoal grill BBQ, will allow you to produce a very good BBQ spread for the family. The temperature control on the smoker is very good and will enable you to slow roast whole joints of meat for 8+ hours on a single load of good quality briquettes. I would have given it 5 stars had it not been for the lid thermometer on my unit being somewhat inaccurate. This is easily overcome though.
04 March 2017 by: Stacey Percival
Bought it for my Boyfriend for his birthday, he loves it have not yet tried it. He put it together today the only negative was that is does not come with instructions to put it together, so it was a little tricky. Can't wait to use it though. :)
17 February 2017 by: Carol
Brought this recently as an addition to our wood burning pizza oven. It was not bad at assembling, have only light the smoker to cure it. Weather been snowing, We used a BBQ chimney smoker to start the briquettes off. We have also brought a meat thermometer to check the cook products, one very helpful item would if been a cook book to accompany the smoker, otherwise very happy with our purchase.