Chinese Smokehouses

Versatile Chinese Smokehouse and Roaster 

Town’s smokehouses blend Asian and western techniques to produce juicy, lean barbecue and smoked products. Smokehouses handle a wide variety of applications: smoked fish, meat, sausage, cheese, and jerky plus  barbecue. Using optional barbecue utensils, fowl and suckling pig can be hung and barbecued.  Fish or roasts can be placed on optional racks. Use the woodchip box (sold separately) to “cold smoke.”  Smokehouses barbecue quickly while producing a “cold smoke” flavor.  Available in exterior finishes of 304 stainless steel (SS models) or galvanized steel (STD models).  A double wall insulated body, durable cast iron door latches, and a stainless steel drip shelf above that protects the control system all help to ensure a long lasting and durable product.  Comes standard with pilot safety system, and a solid brass gas valve with stay cool metal handle. A pressure regulator and stainless steel water pan is supplied.  Mounted on tubular stainless steel legs with adjustable feet.   

Standard Specs
Height 66″ cabinet, 70″ with flue
Depth 31″
Flue 6″ diameter x 4″ tall
Available Models
Model Type Crated Weight Gas Load (LP or NAT)
SM-24-L-SS-N 24″ wide, st. st., left hinge, nat. gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-L-SS-P 24″ wide, st. st., left hinge, LP gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-R-SS-N 24″ wide, st. st., right hinge, nat. gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-R-SS-P 24″ wide, st. st., right hinge, LP gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-L-STD-N 24″ wide, galv., left hinge, nat. gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-L-STD-P 24″ wide, galv., left hinge, LP gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-R-STD-N 24″ wide, galv., right hinge, nat. gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-24-R-STD-P 24″ wide, galv., right hinge, LP gas 500 lbs 45 MBTUH
SM-30-L-SS-N 30″ wide, st. st., left hinge, nat. gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-L-SS-P 30″ wide, st. st., left hinge, LP gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-R-SS-N 30″ wide, st. st., right hinge, nat. gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-R-SS-P 30″ wide, st. st., right hinge, LP gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-L-STD-N 30″ wide, galv., left hinge, nat. gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-L-STD-P 30″ wide, galv., left hinge, LP gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-R-STD-N 30″ wide, galv., right hinge, nat. gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-30-R-STD-P 30″ wide, galv., right hinge, LP gas 525 lbs 60 MBTUH
SM-36-L-SS-N 36″ wide, st. st., left hinge, nat. gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-L-SS-P 36″ wide, st. st., left hinge, LP gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-R-SS-N 36″ wide, st. st., right hinge, nat. gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-R-SS-P 36″ wide, st. st., right hinge, LP gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-L-STD-N 36″ wide, galv., left hinge, nat. gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-L-STD-P 36″ wide, galv., left hinge, LP gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-R-STD-N 36″ wide, galv., right hinge, nat. gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH
SM-36-R-STD-P 36″ wide, galv., right hinge, LP gas 550 lbs 75 MBTUH

Visit our Resource Center for spec sheets, parts lists and more.

Versatile

Town’s 40 year old design combines traditional Asian smoking and roasting with some Western cooking styles.  Smoke or roast virtually any product using a vast array of hanging and rack accessories 

Easy Operation

All that’s needed is a gas connection and nearby water source.  Town’s field proven design is simple to install and operate.  Turn the gas valve on, light the pilot, and adjust the thermostat.  Comes standard with a safety pilot system that prevents gas buildup in the event of pilot light blow out.  

Hot

Tube burners deliver 45,000-75,000 BTU of power, depending on the model size. Its double wall insulated body keeps heat contained while its aluminized steel interior reflects heat instead of absorbing it. Incorporates an analog thermostat for easy temperature control between 175 to 550° F.

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Steamy

Town’s unique water pan design creates an optimal cooking environment. The dual purpose water pan must be filled at all times to catch fat drippings to prevent grease fires and creates an optimally moist cooking environment, preventing shrinkage.

Smoky

Strategically placed interior drip shields vaporize grease drippings creating smoke and enhancing flavor. Excess grease is funneled into the drip pan to prevent grease fires. Enhance smoking capabilities with the optional wood chip box, for wood smoking between 30-60 minutes of smoking time (depending on the model size).

Reliable

Heavy duty dual door latches compress a durable metal spring seal around the perimeter of the door that never needs to be replaced.  The shielded and protected burners are less prone to clogging. 

Insulated Construction

Durable aluminized interior reflects heat instead of absorbing it. A double wall fiberglass insulated body, durable cast iron door latches, and a stainless steel drip shelf that protects the control system all help to ensure a long lasting and durable product. 

Configurable

Width

Available in 24″, 30″, and 36″ widths.  All smokehouses have a 31″ deep and 66″ tall cabinet.

Hinge Side

Doors are mounted on NSF lift off hinges, configurable to be left hinged (L models) or right hinged (R models).

Exterior Finish

Choose from food grade 304 stainless steel (SS models) or a more budget friendly galvanized steel (STD models).

Accessorize It

Comes standard with 6 skewers for mounting on one of two cooking levels.  An array of additional accessories such as a rack system, chip box, and array of hooks and skewers are available. 

Configure Your Smoker

Walk through our configuration process to learn more about what’s needed to build the best smokehouse for your needs. For best results, please make a selection for each step.

Let’s Start Building

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Town sells its products through its network of authorized dealers. Our products may be found online and in brick and mortar stores worldwide. For more information on where to make a purchase, please contact us.
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How does the unit generate smoke?

As the food cooks, fat drippings hit the interior drip shields to create a natural smoking effect.  The optional chip box can be purchased and used to generate wood smoke. 

How long does the chip box last?

  1. SM-24 chipbox – Item # 244000 – Approximately 30 minutes
  2. SM-30 chipbox – Item # 244001 – Approximately 45 minutes
  3. SM-36 chipbox – Item # 244002 – Approximately 90 minutes

What kind of wood chips should I use?

For best results, Town recommends a mix of solid and fine wood chips.  Pellets are not recommended. 

What are the internal dimensions and cooking capacities?

Model Internal Width Internal Height* Internal Height** Internal Depth Capacity^ (Ribs) Capacity^ (Chickens) Capacity^ (Tenderloin)
SM-24 22″ 42″ 36.5″ 22″ 100 lbs 12 30 lbs
SM-30 28″ 42″ 36.5″ 22″ 130 lbs 18 40 lbs
SM-36 34″ 42″ 36.5″ 22″ 175 lbs 24 55 lbs

 

* Safety grate to upper baffle
** Top of drip skirt to upper baffle plate
^ Approximate capacities

Does this have to go under a hood?

The unit is tested and designed to perform optimally while underneath a hood, and it may also be required by local code.  Town suggests you contact your local authority for permissibility.  

Can this unit be used in a mobile food environment such as food trucks or catering vans?

This unit is rated and listed for static indoor use only.  Town’s 1 year limited warranty is void if used in any other manner.  However, it has been done with success.  We suggest you contact your local authorities for permissibility.

Can I operate the unit without a filled water pan?

The water pan must be filled at all times.  A filled water pan prevents grease flare-ups and creates a moist environment to roast and smoke simultaneously. 

Is this unit thermostatically controlled?

Yes, it has an analog thermostat with a range of 175 to 550.  Heat in the oven is distributed through natural convection and it’s normal for there to be some temperature variation within the cabinet. 

Can this unit be used outdoors?

This unit is rated, listed and tested for static indoor use only.   Town’s 1 year limited warranty is void if used in any other manner.  However, it has been done with success.  We suggest you contact your local authorities for permissibility.

Can this unit be used for cold smoking?

Limited cold smoking is possible.  Under hot smoking conditions, the pilot runner lights the chips.  Under cold smoking, the chip box may need to be lit externally. 

Can this unit be used for hot smoking?

Hot smoking is possible when operated properly.  During longer cook times, the water pan may need to be refilled with water.  The chip box has limited run time, depending on the size and type of chips.  Continuous American style smoking may require more than one load of wood chips.   

Can this unit be converted from natural to propane or vice versa?

Yes, field conversion is possible with the correct parts.  The conversion must be done by a licensed gas plumber.  Visit our resource center for a guide. 

Can this unit be used to roast pigs or ducks?

The unit can be used to roast any type of meat.  However, if you desire crispy skin on your cooked pig or duck, our PR-36 pig roaster is the suggested appliance.  

Is a thermometer available?

Although temperatures within the cabinet will vary, a thermometer for fixed point temperature readings can be added.  Please inquire with Town.  

What is the lead time on this unit?

Lead time varies from 1-3 weeks based on shop load. Inquire with Town for a more precise lead time.  Note that lead times will vary day to day. Expedited options may be available. 

What accessories come with the unit?

The unit comes with (6) skewers, a water pan, safety grate, and an upper and lower baffle plates.  A variety of hooks, oven racks and roasting bars are available to complement the smokehouse’s capabilities.  To mount the optional oven racks, you must obtain the rack guides (item # 244009).

How should the unit be cleaned?

The unit must be degreased regularly to remove grease deposits.  Excess grease buildup can lead to grease fires.

Natural, non-toxic (such as citrus or vinegar based) cleaners must be used on interior surfaces.