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Cabinet Style item created by bmudd14474, May 24, 2010
Pros - DOES WELL ON ANY KIND OF MEAT
Cons - RUSTED OUT IN TWO YEARS OF USE.
USED MOSTLY TO SMOKE SALMON. DID TURKEYS, CHICKEN, AND RIBS. THIS LAST YEAR IT STARTED RUSTING IN THE INSIDE. IT IS TO THE POINT THAT I WILL HAVE TO REPLACE IT. SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET MORE THAN TWO YEARS OUT OF A SMOKER.
Pros - good insulation
Cons - cheaply constructed, faulty wiring, faulty digital timer, hot spots
I have had this smoker for a few years. The quality of the food that it produced was on par with my old ECB. But the main problem I had with this is the quality.
I had to replace the wiring after it burned up.
I had to replace the digital temp controls.
I didnt realize how cheaply made this thing was until I purchased a new smoker that is made in the USA. the MES looks and feels like junk compared to the new one (Smokin-it).
I had the last straw when i put in 2 temperature probes and they differed by about 50 degrees after getting up past 200.
My digital temp control is broke again, and i refuse to spend anymore money with these guys.
If you are new to smoking, this might be fine, if you are looking to upgrade from a ECB price range, save your money and step it up to a quality product.
Pros - Easy to operate - uses wood efficiently
Cons - A bit low to the ground and hard to move (anc because of the electronice should not be left out) - legs and wither wheels or side handles would be goo
A new smoker but I'm impressed - so far I've only done hot smoking (220 to 275) but it claims to go down to 100 (although I wonder how much smoke it will produce at low temps - I will try soon
Pros - Cheap, Does what it says
Cons - Wiring sucks
Not a bad box, wish it was bigger (that's what she said) but its good. I had to replace ALL of the wiring after about 2 years and many numerous smokes. But It rose from the dead to smoke once again. Works well. next time it dies I am getting a bigger one FOR SURE
Pros - Easy of use
Cons - Hard to move around. Needs handles.
I've had this smoker for 4 years now. Best present my wife ever gave me.
I just had an issue with it. It stopped heating. The problem was the usual heating element connector. I just opened it and replaced it with one I had at home. Took all of 15 minutes and free.
I store it in my garage, and move it outside when I use it. Kind of a pain because it doesn't have handles. Easy to solve with a handle on each side, attached by rivets.
Very easy to clean too. All parts fit in the dishwasher.
I never use extension cords btw, I've read it can damage the electronics.
Go for it! You won't be disappointed.
Pros - easy to use, easy to clean, efficient, great results without a lot of babysitting
Cons - a little small for the bigger jobs
This was given to be as a Christmas gift from my parents last year. I love this little smoker. It does a wonderful job, easy to use, easy to clean, temps hold very close to digital indicator, easily makes smoke with good chips and doesn't eat them up, temps recover quickly after opening door, and its efficient. Has been a great little tool.
Only negative I have found so far is that when we are processing large batches of venison it is a little on the small side. We are going to build a smokehouse for this purpose, but for a family meal or weekend BBQ, you can't beat this unit.
Pros - Electric, Digital Thermometer, Small, insulated well, gaskets that work.
Cons - Small, Small Wood Tray, Can't fit entire rib slab
I ended up buying this last weekend for my mom's house for thanksgiving. I have the propane version and I love it. I smoke anything I can get my hands on. Today I've fell in love with the ease of electric version. It's literally set it and almost forget it. My test for this smoker was Chicken Thighs in Muffin pans, 12lbs Turkey, and 6 racks of St Louis Ribs. All I can say is that 15 people are amazed and can't stop talking about how awesome things turned out. Great buy for anyone that's just starting out or A seasoned novice.
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Pros - Convenient, to a degree (pun intended)
Cons - Not built so well
I got this sight-unseen on the recommendation of another owner. I asked him if I should go straight "up" to a more expensive, higher-quality product and he said, emphatically, "No!". So I got it.
Well, it seems to work, but it hits one of my pet criticisms right in the nose: it's not built very well.
I guess that's like many things these days. My friends gave me a $300 Weber grill for my birthday last month and I don't dare tell them that the thing barely went together properly due to flimsy alluminum workmanship and fitting. This unit is about the same. One of the adjustable feet had to be JAMMED into place due to misalignment from the factory, and the heating element is cocked crooked due to mis-matching sheet fittings in the build of the chip box.
The whole unit has that feel. I just don't like that. It is just a stamped-together box of cheap materials that are thought through at least well enough, I hope, to not be a fire hazard on your wooden deck, and probably just barely. If you review this after I do and find your chip tray is easy to insert/remove and that it is not scraping against the bottom rack and/or the heating element itself, please say so. Maybe mine is just "one of the bad ones", but I have a feeling that it is a matter of build/design cheapness -- something that many folks will tolerate due to the heavy hassle of sending it back and trying a new one.
Next time, I'll go for a top-quality brand and model -- but all that being said, it seems to work. I did a pork tenderloin and back ribs with hickory as its maiden voyage and they smoked. But, you know, that's the very minimum that this should do -- its job. The real test will be if the poor workmanship and cheap materials prove to be vulnerable to heat cycle warpage and corrosion over time, and whether the thing will continue to leak liquids all over my deck as it has during its first run
Masterbuilt told me that they strongly advise putting a mat under the unit. I didn't expect that, and don't want to have to do that in a self-contained unit's use. I guess I'll have to.
Another point is the remote control unit's minimal value. If you have to change chips every 60 minutes, you might find you really don't benefit much from a remote other than temperature monitoring the first few times you try a new recipe. That, then, makes the $170 unit a more realistic price for how flimsy this is. I would say that this unit, given that the electronics probably cost the mfgr. less than $30 each (just a guess, but I'm in the tech industry), is worth about $150 retail.
My pork tasted wonderful, but that's really not hard to expect, is it?
Pros - Easy to controll temperature, price
Cons - Needs to heat to 200 degrees to generate smoke, wiring issues
Actually I have model 20070910.
After useing a MES 40 at work I looked into getting one of these for my home use. I found that the MES 30 was avaliable on amazon for $200. I read the reviews and decided to order one. I recived it in good condition. I have had several sucessfull smokes with it now mostly ribs. Recently the MES 40 at work stopped working. Through this site I was able to find information and repaire the corroded connector bang back in buisness. The MES has some issues with wiring and the heating element however I think overall it is worth the affordable price tag. I recently purchased Todds AMNPS and now I am really getting good use out of the MES. I may even mod mine out like Dave Omak and only use the MES for temp controll. Overall a good buy if you dont mind fixing things here and there.