If you are looking for a great all-around smoker for your smoker, the new model of the famous Vado boxed smoker by Okaneko is your best option. The Okaneko Dead Rabbit V2 RDI is the upgrade version of the well-known original Dead Rabbit RDA that maintains the traditional quadrant post construction for single or dual coil setup, improving the airflow control even more for more adjustability and flexibility. The new RDI boasts more advanced cooling technology that not only keeps the temperature up higher but also ensures complete fuel system compatibility with any automatic fuel system. With its newly designed heating plate, the RDI can maintain the right temperature even without a fan to boost energy efficiency and power, which are ideal for RDI owners who are looking for the best value in their money. This smoker has a digital interface for easy temperature adjustments.
The new smoker features the two basic features found on all models from Okaneko, which are the side air flow holes for efficient ventilation, and a high side heat shield for a super quick heat up time. On the inside, the new smoker comes standard with the dual airflow system. This innovative vapor ignition system offers the user a very clean smoke experience with highly customizable airflow holes that are easy to use and includes a highly effective and easily readable LCD screen. The unit is also very compact and the included stand makes it a convenient addition to any kitchen.
Okaneko has taken the concept of a full dead rabbit v2 and made it a real thing. The standard model features a beautiful full-black housing and stainless steel front grill, while the deluxe version is a rich red finish and includes a full black cover with a black door. The two units both have the same vapor ignition system, but they differ in the way the heating element is located. The standard one has its heating element located on the bottom right hand corner, while the deluxe model has the heating element located on the left side of the unit, just like on the original dead rabbit smoker. The benefit of having the element situated differently is that the entire unit can be cleaned easily.
The other major difference between the two units is the actual construction of the two units. The new model of dead rabbit run comes in two different posts build deck styles, which is a positive for those who may want to build a smoker at home but lack the tools or skills to do so. The standard unit is an electric smoker with a non-stick cooking surface, while the deluxe version is a meat drier that includes a non-stick cooking surface as well as a pre-built deck that can be filled with wood chips, onions, or any type of meat that can be cooked on the surface of the unit. The benefit of these two units is that you can easily build a nice hot plate at home, without needing to buy or learn how to build one.
The actual electronic workings of the unit are where the differences end. The standard model comes with a non-stick cooking surface and a gold bf pin connector that are easily accessible for users who need to connect it to the electric grill. The user manual shows you how to use the grill and includes a complete list of steps to follow for the construction of your own smoker. The heat and smoke produced by this unit are very comparable to those that you would get from a standard bbq smoker. One of the interesting features that is shown in the user manual is a working knowledge of the temperature control functions available on this unit. The original model included an automatic adjustment system that could adjust the heat up or down to ensure that each piece of meat was properly cooked.
One of the newest additions to the standard model is a new cooling accessory. This new accessory, called the dead rabbit v2 fan, has three large fans located in the back of the appliance. These fans are placed in various locations around the unit, along with two smaller fans that are located on the front of the unit. This allows for consistent and even cooling of the entire unit along with the top and bottom vents that are typically found on the original model. The increased airflow slots wide open in this unit allows for much more consistent airflow and less chance of overcooking your meats.