Ovens' smokehouses and smoke ovens have been built in Australia
for twenty-two years. Originally based on copies of outdated
European designs, they still allowed retail butchers to commence
producing their own smallgoods and provided the means to compete
which sell mass produced products supplied by large processors.
They are now rated highly against the best
designs available from Europe and the USA.
The Smo-King Ovens' smokehouse designs improved markedly
during the period from 1986 when the bus-
iness was owned by Lawrence Hall & Sons who have a
tradition of engineering
excellence in the meat process-
machinery industry. Particular attention was given to overcoming
earlier problems of product yield, smoke generator safety,
heating efficiency and airflow.
based Hodgkinson family purchased the business in 1997 and commenced
investing in product development. The increasingly popular model
2350 single trolley smokehouse was the first new model to have
been released. It soon became obvious the Australian market for
smokehouses was far too small to enable a specialist smokehouse
manufacturing business to be viable. Innovative product development
is expensive and could not be supported by the smoke house business
alone. It was essential to add other food processing equipment.
was expanded by products imported from the USA and Europe. These
products complement the Smo-King Ovens' smokehouse range and all
are technology leaders in their individual fields. The Cookshack
smokers, cook and hold ovens and dryers were the first additions
followed by Pökomat brine injectors, Double D Food Engineering
REVORACK multi-purpose cookers and REVOBAND travelling ovens and
bar markers, RÄUCHERGOLD wood smoking chips, Suhner vacuum tumblers
and most recently GROTE food slicers.
ranges have made a significant contribution to the Smo-King Ovens
business and helped finance the development of four new smokehouse
products launched during August 2004. The new GRAND SERIES is
now being used by a major New Zealand exporter of smoked fish.
is based on extensive customer feedback
development is a continuous process using the feedback from
more than a thousand
of Smo-King Oven's smokehouses in Australia, New Zealand,
Asia and Europe and the extensive experience of our own
Purpose designed and built microprocessor controllers are
used on all models. Our
newest controllers provide simple operation, certainty of
process control, data recording to satisfy the most demanding
food safety regulations and vastly greater reliability than
electro-mechanical controllers used in earlier models.
Smo-King Ovens Pty Limited elects to have smokehouse bodies
and microprocessor controllers built to our specifications
by local contractors.
Australian contractors are an important part of our business.
Final mechanical assembly, electrical assembly, plumbing and
extensive product testing are performed by our own technicians
who all have engineering trade qualifications.
focuses on customer profit improvement
We focus on providing food processors with the means of growing
sales and profits by value added processing of meat, poultry,
fish and vegetables. Our range is used for this purpose in Australia,
New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and Europe.
independent distributors add value for our customers
Most of our smokehouses are sold by specialist distributors who
have extensive experience in smokehouse operation and also supply
the consumables used for processing, packaging and retail display.
Our network of Australian and New Zealand family-owned independent
distributors have specialist personnel with years of experience
to commission new smokehouses, provide operator training and continued
assistance to users who wish to develop new smoked and cooked
distributors provide similar support in Asia, Europe and Mexico.
Lifetime customer support
While we at Smo-King Ovens do not consider ourselves to be food
processing experts, we have learned a lot from years of contact
with the many users of our smokehouses. We are always prepared
to provide processing assistance and operating support to smokehouse
users subject, of course, to maintaining confidentiality of detailed
processes developed by other users.We
regularly provide telephone assistance to people who have purchased
used Smo-King Ovens' smokehouses. Telephone assistance is provided
free of charge.
Our equipment has a reputation for reliability but, in time, some
components will suffer wear and tear. We carry an extensive range
of spare parts. Orders placed by 3:00pm eastern Australian time
are routinely despatched the same day and are delivered the next
day to most parts of Australia. Parts
supplied to other countries can be normally available within a
We encourage processors considering selecting our equipment
to speak to some of the many hundreds of existing users. We
are confident of a good report. Having said that, we most
of all are conscious of our own shortcomings and continually
strive to eliminate identified weaknesses.
remains to continued improvement, customer support and providing
the means for food processors to grow their own profitability
by using our equipment.