Char-Broil recalls digital electric smokers

Photo source: CPSC

The smokers can leak electrical current during use, posing a shock hazard

Char-Broil of Columbus, Ga., is recalling about 212,000 digital electric smokers sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The smokers can leak electrical current during use, posing a shock hazard.

The firm has received 79 reports of consumers who experienced a minor electric shock from touching the smokers while in use, including one report of a consumer developing a finger blister after the shock.

This recall involves Char-Broil digital electric smokers with the following model descriptions:

  • Digital Electric Smoker;
  • Digital Electric Smoker w/Window;
  • Digital Electric Smoker, Black w/Window;
  • Digital Electric Smoker, Medallion;
  • Digital Electric Smoker, Connected; and
  • Digital Electric Smoker, XL.

These electric smokers were designed and intended only for outdoor use to cook without charcoal.

The smokers were sold in black and stainless-steel finishes with the “Char-Broil” logo plate on the front of the unit.

The product label is located on the outside back of the unit and includes the model and serial numbers and brand information. UPC codes, located on the packaging, are included in this recall with a list of model descriptions and item numbers found here.

The smokers, manufactured in China, were sold at Lowe’s, Menards, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Target and other stores nationwide, and online at, and from April 2015, through January 2024, for between $300 and $600.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled electric smokers and contact Char-Broil for a free repair kit.

The repair kit consists of a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (“GFCI”) plug (also known as a “pigtail”), a clamshell enclosure to secure the GFCI pigtail, and a cable clamp.

Instructions for installing each of these repair kit items will also be provided.

Consumers may contact Char-Broil toll-free at (833) 206-4647 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Saturday, by email at, or online at for more information.

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