Can you use an electric smoker in the garage?

Can you use an electric smoker in the garage?

Smoking can be a great way to enhance the flavors of your favorite foods. Whether you are using a gas or electric smoker can depend on many factors, including weather and convenience. I’ve been asked, can you use an electric smoker in the garage?

This article will discuss whether using an electric smoker in a garage is safe under different conditions.

In a word, it depends. If you have an electric grill or smoker and are in the garage, then use caution with gas grills because they can leak fumes that may ignite to flames on their own when coming into contact with air conditioning units below them (a common occurrence). 

Beware of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide will be the main worry if you use an electric smoker in a garage. Although it may not pose an immediate danger to you, carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so one could quickly become poisoned without realizing it at first.

Smoke from gas grills can seep through cracks under your door or window and cause difficulties. You can remedy this by keeping the door or window open and placing a fan in front of it so that the smoke is forced to go up into your garage rafters instead of towards you when cooking.

If possible, do not use an electric smoker in a garage with high humidity levels because water vapor exacerbates carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you insist on using an electric smoker in the garage, purchase a carbon monoxide detector with battery backup to ensure your safety.

When you are done, turn off the smoker completely and open your garage door to allow all of the smoke out.

Be Cautious About Your Cooking Area

Although it may be tempting, you should avoid cooking anything on your electric smoker under an air conditioning unit or other sources of solid airflow. The strong airflow will cause the smoke from your food to be pulled towards other sources and enter into living areas.

Suppose you live in a particularly windy area. In that case, this may not pose much of a risk because it is difficult for the strong gusts of winds to direct enough airflow down toward your garage grill. However, if there are many trees nearby, you may want to consider moving your grill.

Since electric smokers do not have hot burning flames, you should also consider the risk of a grease fire. If there is too much grease on your grill, it could catch on fire if you are not careful to clean the grill after each use.


Keep in mind; it’s critical to ensure that your garage has adequate ventilation and airflow. As mentioned above, if your garage is too windy, then it may not be the best idea to use an electric smoker in there because of how easily you can disperse the smoke and fumes.

As with any smoker, you should ensure no vents or other openings through which the smoke can escape. Using an electric smoker in your garage is essential. If the vents are large enough, you may get too much ventilation, and your food may not get adequately smoked.

Check Your Equipment

When it comes to grilling outdoors, you want to ensure no problems arise. However, if you’re cooking in a confined space, you must watch for hiccups. Check to ensure that your extension cord can handle the current requirements of your electric smoker in the garage.

Alternatives to Electric Smoker in Garage

I also stated that I don’t recommend utilizing an electric smoker in the garage because I don’t see a situation where it would be 100% necessary. If you really want to smoke food and it’s raining outside, I propose utilizing a tarp or BBQ canopy to cover the area where you’ll cook.

It is a superior option to using the garage, and you may use the equipment for camping or tailgating after.

Final Thoughts on Can you use an electric smoker in the garage

Overall, the best option is to smoke during nice weather and use an electric smoker in your yard or on your porch. If you insist on using it indoors (especially in a garage), ensure no ventilation sources for carbon monoxide poisoning and any other safety precautions I stated above.

I hope this article was helpful, and I wish you the best of luck with your outdoor BBQ!

Z Hashan

Z Hashan

Hi, my name is Z Hashan, and I’m passionate about smoking the best BBQ. There’s nothing more satisfying than cooking a delicious piece of BBQ and seeing the joy on people’s faces while they have a bite of it.

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