Wine Barrel Smoker
The latest trend in smokers could be wine barrel smokers. The advantage of a wine barrel smoker is that it looks great in your yard and the wine-infused wood adds a unique and pleasant flavor to your meats. The downside is that you don’t get to play with fire, since most wine barrel smokers rely on a electric heating element. (Depending on how you look at this, it could be an upside). Another upside is that you get the added bonus of watching smoke stream from the top of the wine barrel, which looks pretty damn cool.
We found three places to buy a wine barrel smoker online. You can’t go wrong with any of these, but we’ve carefully reviewed each website and product online and have outlined some key distinctions between the three. Here they are in random order.
Wine Barrel Smoker – Staving Alive (Boise, Idaho)
Despite the website’s somewhat spartan appearance, this wine barrel smoker appears to be well-engineered and has a nice vintage look to it. We like the subtle look of the three chains that connect the lid to the body (see left). And if that isn’t enough, this smoker also has a large amount of vent holes in the top and bottom that can be plugged with wine corks. Added bonus: Staving Alive might just be the best name of the bunch.
Staving Alive Wine Barrel Smoker Key Features:
1. Built-in temperature gauge.
2. Four grates – One for wood chips, one for a water pan and two for meats.
3. Hatch door for adding wood chips / chunks
4. Smoke vents at top and bottom that can be plugged with corks
5. Electric heating element
$625. Shipping cost unknown. Item # 1111
Wine Barrel Smoker – The Napa Barrel Smoker Company (Napa, California)
Napa Barrel Smokers are made from white oak barrels that have been holding cabernet sauvignon for five to six years. Napa Smokers definitely have the more premium feel to them. Their barrels appear lighter and more uniform in color. This could be because they have better access to barrels since the owner of the company comes from a winemaking family. The Napa Barrel Smoker doesn’t have temperature gauge that we can see. The website also includes some useful videos on how to use the smoker.
Napa Barrel Smoker Key Features:
1. At least three grates (possibly four) – the lowest grate is for your wood chips / wood chunks. The second lowest is for your water pan.
2. Hatch door for adding wood chips / chunks
3. Smoke vents on top that can be plugged with corks.
4. Electric heating element
$799. Includes shipping to the lower 48 states.
Wine Barrel Smoker – Wine Barrel Woodcraft (Sweeny, Texas)
Wine Barrel Woodcraft makes the only smoker that has a shaded and polyurethaned finish. This adds a more polished look to the smoker and will protect it from weathering. Depending on your personal taste, this may be a good thing, or it may not. These wine barrel smokers are handcrafted in Texas. They have three racks and a temperature gauge as well. We couldn’t see any vents, but the gentleman who makes these smokers says he will do custom work, so you can probably ask him to build these into your unit. We also did not see a hatch, but again, this can probably be added if you ask.
Wine Barrel Woodcraft Smoker Key Features:
1. Polyurethaned Finish
2. Built-in temperature gauge.
3. Three grates
4. Electric heating element
$650 + $200 shipping (custom features may cost extra)
You can also build your own charcoal-fired wine barrel smoker. All you need is a wine barrel, some firebrick, a couple of metal pans, a couple of barbecue grates and a bit of courage. We’re still not convinced this guy isn’t going to lose a hand someday.
Man your Wine Barrel Smoker.