The ProQ® Excel 20 is a top of the range smoker with huge capacity, a thick porcelain coated finish and is made with a thicker steel than the Frontier for added durability and heat retention. The Excel is the the largest capacity smoker in the ProQ® range and boasts the most advanced features. The design is the brainchild of Ian McKend, a Zimbabwean Cornishman who used his experience with other models and thorough review of the feedback they received to produce a culmination of the most popular modifications and removing the biggest bugbears that users were experiencing. The ProQ® Excel20 features three vents in the base of the unit for accurate temperature control in any condition, probe thermometer eyelets and access doors fitted on each stacker for easy monitoring of food temps from the outside, and access to the fire and the waterpan.
- Smoke, BBQ, grill, roast
- Robust hangers included for fish and meat
- Fully porcelain coated
- 65 lbs/29.5kg capacity
- Internal temperature gauge
- Latch locking system and folding side handles for the stackers for stability and travel
- 4 Air vents for excellent temperature control
- Large capacity porcelain coated water pan for indirect heat cooking
- Access doors for topping up water and adding wood chips without disassembling
- Temperature probe eyelets on each stacker for monitoring meat temperatures, a must when smoking/roasting for long periods of time
- 2 chrome plated grates for cooking
- The unit stands at 1.20m, and is half a metre across.
If it’s features don’t impress, then it’s sheer size will. The 50cm diameter and standing at 1.2m gives you the capacity for 65 lbs of food, which is hard to imagine, the Excel will hold 8 whole chickens, or any large joint of meat, a suckling pig has been done. Did I mention that the unit is expandable? Each stacker adds 30 lbs to the capacity, even more if you consider the pre fitted meat and fish hanger on the inside of the lid. This allows you to vertically smoke even the largest cuts of meat. The unit’s capacity and be even further increased with the use of ProQ® Step up grills, Rib Racks and Chicken Racks which save grill space by holding cuts vertically.
The ProQ® Excel20 comes with a detachable base that holds the charcoal basket (and a grill for grilling), two Stackers, each with just under 20cm2 of grill space, and the domed lid with a heat proof handle and pre fitted fish/meat hanger with hooks provided, all held up by a sturdy trio of legs with a low centre of gravity for stability.
Another huge plus to the ProQ® Exel20 is that it comes almost fully assembled, with the only fitting required being the legs, and it’s only a few nuts and bolts to screw together and explicit instructions are included.
The biggest asset the Excel20 has is it’s versatility, it’s capable of Smoking, Roasting, Grilling and can be transformed into a small portable BBQ by removing the stackers, as the lid and base are designed to lock together, as are all the stacks. The unit can also be used as a cold smoker when coupled with the ProQ® cold smoke generator, which smokes and preserves food without the heat.
So, what are you waiting for????