Chili Smoker

Pit Boss Copperhead 3 Review

We have owned the Pit Boss Copperhead 3 for about two months now, so we thought it was time for a Pit Boss Copperhead 3 review.

We purchased this vertical smoker (at full price) from Amazon and paid roughly $375. For the sake of this review I will break it down into three sections: Assembly and Maintenance, Ease of Use, and Overall Value.

If you are like us, before committing to a new smoker or grill you probably are doing your homework and research. It is our hope to help you make the right decision for you (not to sway you into buying this smoker.)

Pit Boss Copperhead 3 Review

Assembly and Maintenance: Like most grills and home accessories — assembly is not fun. This took two people about 2 1/2 hours and a six pack of beer to assemble. The instructions from Pit Boss included in the packaging was very detailed and helpful.

After assembly, a burn-in and getting it up to smoke, we were able to use the smoker right away.

Grade: B

Ease of Use: This vertical smoker is very easy to use. Someone recently referred to it as my “EZ Bake Oven,” and I can’t say they are wrong.

Fill the hopper with pellet fuel, plug the unit in, fire it up, fill the water pan, wait for smoke, set temperature, and get ready for the show. This unit is super easy to use.

Now the ease of use, and the close to set it and forget it can be a negative for some people who want to smoke with an offset smoker using wood and charcoal. Offset smokers are an amazing authentic way to BBQ, and if that is what you are looking for — this is NOT the unit for you.

However, if you are like me, and want to smoke delicious meals without a lot of trial and error — The Pit Boss Copperhead should be considered.

This smoker is very easy to use, and everything we smoked thus far turned out better than imagined.

Grade: A

Overall Value: This is another place where the Pit Boss Copperhead Three Series shines. For less than $400 you are buying a quality piece of cooking equipment. The pellets required are readily available and range from $12 – $25 depending on size and quality etc.

I can say without reservation the construction quality of this grill is above what I expected.

Grade: A

Final Thoughts

This is a great unit and perfect for our backyard. The vertical orientation of the unit takes up little patio space and compliments our Charbroil full sized grill perfectly. If you want to learn how to smoke delicious food and cook more outside — this is the perfect unit for you. I know it is for us.


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