Vertical vs Horizontal Smoker: What Are the Different Types?

There are a lot of things that you should consider when buying a smoker grill. One of these things is vertical vs horizontal smoker.

Vertical vs Horizontal: What’s the Difference?

The main difference between a vertical and a horizontal smoker is where the smoke and heat source is located in the cooking chamber.  

A vertical model has the smoke and heat source located directly below the chamber. The source of heat is usually located in the same area as the food. This means that food cooks faster.

The vertical model might be ideal for some food but not all type of foods will require a lot of heat to cook. Besides, it is much easier to vary the temperature inside electric and gas models than a charcoal smoker.

Another thing, there are more models and sizes available for electric and gas vertical smokers when compared to horizontal ones.

A horizontal model has a smoke chamber located on the side of the food chamber. This chamber is a few inches below the cooking chamber. The chamber is referred to an offset smoke chamber.

The benefit of a horizontal model is the temperature inside the cooking chamber – it remains lower, leading to a tasty BBQ which cooks slowly. These smokers main come in the form of hardwood and charcoal models.

Different Types of Smoker Grills

There are different types of horizontal and vertical smoker grills that we will look at.

  • Vertical water smokers (vertical) – They are the cheapest models and are easy to use. These models are recommended for newbies but they lose a lot of heat.
  • Offset smokers (horizontal) – They have a simple design but are large than vertical models. These models are of high-quality but a bit hard to operate.
  • Box smokers (vertical) – They are easy to operate and are spacious enough. You can depend on these models to provide a tasty BBQ but some brands are lowly made.  
  • Drum smokers (vertical) – They are the most advantageous smokers on the market today but are ugly. These models are also affordable and have a bigger cooking surface.
  • Smoker ovens (vertical) – They are on the high-end of BBQs and feature computer controls. As you might have guessed, they are quite expensive but very convenient.
  • Kamado grills (vertical) – They are ideal for slow and low cooking which makes them great smoker grills. These models reach high temperatures of over 400 degrees but are quite expensive.
  • Pellet grills (horizontal) Wood pellet grill reviews will tell you that these models use wood pellets as fuel. They are used for smoking and grilling meat. They wear easily due to their many moving parts.
  • Electric smokers (vertical) –These are boxes or vertical smokers with hot plates. They don’t produce any smoke and that means there is no smoke flavor.


Vertical and horizontal smokers have their own strong and weak points. Of important choose a model that will provide you with the taste you want. Pellet grills smokers will provide the best smoke flavor.

Picasso Hacked a Lack

I’m sure of it. If not, then I don’t know what his problem was. I whipped up a little art table in no time with a spare Ikea Lack table I had in storage. I did it because Freckles Chick made it look so darn easy. Her husband added some fun things like a dowel rod for the paper roll and trim pieces to hold the paper down. FC added cups to the side for crayons and markers and washi tape to the trim for shits and giggles. So I did the same. All of it. Go look at hers for the girly cute edition with matching chairs and adorable chair cushions. Look at mine for utilitarian art purposes. Sorry Gabe, no cushions for your tushions. Also look at hers for a kid with an actual outfit on, not their Christmas pajamas.

You can see that the Latt table, which FC used, works better since it’s a longer, narrower table and the Lack is a square. And the tiny rolls of paper available at Michaels doesn’t quite fill it up. Somehow we don’t care though. A toddler only needs washable art tools anyway because face it, within 5 minutes, all of those markers and crayons were strewn across the living room floor because Gabe needed to build with them. Oy.

The paper roll is hanging by the dowel rod underneath the right side there. And FC was totes right about using the trim on the left side as a straight edge to rip the paper off. That was handy.

ShaI saw FC’s post the other day and I finished this table up about a half hour ago. I’ve never put a stolen idea into action that quick. So thanks buddy!
 Little pails are from Target’s Dollar Spot, paper from Michaels, trim and dowel rod from Lowes. Dirty kitchen floors are always like that. I think that covers it.

Always Crafty Workshop Recap!

Oh man, where do I start? The beginning? Ok, I’ll start there. A group of awesome ladies came to my house for the Always Crafty Workshop. Some I knew, some I met for the first time. All fantastic. Let me just say that I’ve got so much respect for you guys that come to these blog meet-ups, not knowing a soul. That takes some guts and I appreciate it a TON. I really do.

So anyway, this little crew gathered to get up close and personal with the hot glue guns. In my humble opinion, it turned out awesome. Everything from the decor to the set-up to the crafts to the lemonade bar to the trip to terrain at the end of it. All awesome.

L to R Adrienne (of Oreo Truffle fame), Michelle, Mary, Moi, Gabe, Bethany, Lauren, Lizzie Beth, and Kate. Missing: Katie (sorry pup, we remembered to take this after you left!), Karen (who had to bail) and Nellie (who’s busy growing a babe. And living across the country).Ok, let’s get to the billion pictures. First up, the lemonade bar. It featured lemonade (duh) plus Iced Tea to make Arnold Palmers. And vodka to make Naughty Arnold Palmers. I threw in some mint to make it minty, some mason jars for glasses, a wonky handpainted burlap sign and of course, the adorable straws and drink stirrers from Miss Prissy Paige.

Each room of my main floor was set up with a different craft so things didn’t get too crowded. I made sure to set out examples and instructions for each craft. But I also walked around giving really helpful tips.

It’s kind of obvious that I was going with a yellow, gray and burlap theme so when lunch showed up in these adorable matching boxes, I was thaaaaa-rilled!

One of my favorite things to set up, with major help of Bethany of course, was the Welcome center! I had found this stainless steel monstrosity in my neighbor’s trash last year and in no time at all, had John hauling it home. The hanging baskets made it perfect to hold the swag bags and shopping bags to take all the goods home.

Styling by Bethany, Boots by Gabe and Flowers sent by Nellie for the occasion.

One of my favorite things about having Bethany around beforehand is that she is a crafty enabler. If I’m thinking something in my head but dismiss it for being “overboard” or “too much”, she’s there to push me over the awesome edge. For months, I had planned and planned for this day, making lists and drawing diagrams of how things were going to be set up. And I was good with those plans. Then Bethany showed up and those plans just got amped. Things like lemon chair swags happened. I think the word you’re looking for is…delightful.

As do giant paper flowers made from Trader Joes bags. See, I knew not ever remembering my reusable bags would come in handy. Sue me, hippies.

Every room was filled with bright yellow forsythia, courtesy of my backyard.

Oh, and the best color coordinating Always Crafty accessory?

Miss Nora. Showing up looking like she knew our color scheme! So thank you, Nora, you really added that certain something we were lacking. And thank you, Bethany, for helping me make this thing look amazing.

So that’s it. What do you guys think? I can totally see another one of these things happening again in the fall. New season, new theme, new color scheme. You in?

Oh, and the winner of the terrain gift card pack has been announced here!