Cabinet Style item created by bmudd14474, May 25, 2010
Pros - not hard to become a consumate smoker
Cons - grease leaks out of the bottom when grease pan not full
this is a great unit,have had no problems with not holding temps or with leaking around the window like some of the other people have.The glass does get fogged up but that can be cured.When you finish smoking and after the unit cooling off use a glass scraper on the window and wash of with hot water and it will be clean.Have had mine 2 weeks and have done a turkey and a brisket.I did both at 225 degrees,the turkey was 20 lbs and it took only 4 hours,and the brisket at 11 lbs took 8 hours. i know that seems like a short time but the meat was brought to the right temp on both and they both were done and tasted great.
Pros - Ease of operation and temperature reliability
Cons - Poor smoke generation and difficulty in using the chip loader
This is my first Masterbuilt product. I have cooked brisket, Boston butt, country style ribs, beef jerky, whole chicken as well as boneless chicken breasts. I was very please with the over all performance of my 40" electric smokerl. I like the remote control and found it to be both accurate and reliable. I did find installing the burn box difficult. The heating coil needs to be between the lower protective plate and the actual burn box. I had to play around with it for a while before it would slide in correctly. I found the chip loader very difficult to pull out to load chips. I also found at temperatures below 260 the chips did not burn enough to provide the smoke I needed for good results. This smoker requires no where near the amount of attention a charcoal or wood smoker takes. This smoker is perfect for the back yard smoker who just want to set it and forget it.
Pros - worked good for a short time
Cons - non replacable heating element
I have this smoker it is a few years old but has less that 150 hours of smoke time. I had to replace digital controller this spring. Now the non replaceable heating element went out. Company will not stand behind their product. The did tell me the new version has a replaceable heating element though. I thought that was very nice of them. It was easy to use but value and quality I would give a big fat zero
Pros - Easy to use, Smokes well
Cons - Glass seal leaks, Remote does not work, Glass was a poor insulator harder to hold temp, Poor customer service
I would not recommend this smoker because the window is pointless it clouds up the first 5 min of smoking and after you smoke two times the smoke on the window is so heavy you can't wipe it clean. If you plan to smoke in the winter it will be harder to maintain the temperature because the glass releases a lot of heat. Also the window that I had just leaked grease even after smoking multiple times. The grease puddle was about 2 feet big.
I bought this smoker on 6/2/13 when i unpacked the smoker it was missing the screws and two pans. I called up Masterbuilt and they said I was missing the hardware kit so they sent me the kit which I received on 6/7/13. When I assembled the smoker I noticed there was a bracket missing screws so I called up again and sent them photos. This time they waited till the 13th and said just exchange it where you bought it. I would of hoped they would just mail me a new smoker and pickup the bad smoker since I had to wait so long for their responses and I don't have a truck to hull back and forth.
Pros - Easy setup and use. Generates good amounts of smoke
Cons - Hard to generate good smoke ring. Controller must be kept dry.
I've had my MES now for about 5 months so I can give a much more knowledgeable review of it. I did make the mistake of getting the controller wet while cleaning up after a good smoke and of course, it went wacky. Thankfully, the advice I received on this forum helped me correct the issue as once the controller dried out, it was good to go and strangely enough, worked better than it did brand new. When I told MES customer service about my issue, they sent out a new controller. It wouldn't sync up with my existing remote so they sent a replacement remote as well. Very nice and focused customer service to say the least.
When it comes to long smokes, you really can't ask for a better unit. Once the temps stabilize, all you really have to do is add fuel every several hours. If you're using a AMNS, you may have to add fuel twice on a 15hr smoke. If you're using the enlarged smoke tray in the Gen 2, perhaps 3 refills will do. Particularly on Briskies and Shoulders. Clean up is fairly easy and if you line your waterpan with foil, all you're really dealing with is the racks. I clean my smoker once a month with a light power washing making sure I avoid the controller.
I've had nothing but compliments on the quality of the food this smoker produces. No complaints of "oversmoking" ever. Burnt ends and briskies come out juicy. Cold smoking bacon is a breeze. I did buy the cold smoke attachment for the MES but after getting the AMNS, I really haven't used it since. Poultry is another matter as the temps top out a 275* which is a bit low if you like crispy skin on your birds. I got the larger 6"x 8" AMNS as the MES 40" is roomy enough for it.
All in all, a great gift for anyone wanting to get into this wonderful pastime. It truly is a "gift that keeps on giving".
Pros - If the unit actually worked it would be great for my charcuterie projects
Cons - Bad workmanship
I bought the 40" with the window about 3 years ago. I've used it maybe 15 times. Last October while smoking my homemade hot dogs, the controller went nuts and it kept getting hotter and hotter until my hot dogs finally caught on fire. I called Masterbuilt and was told I needed a new controller, so I dished out $25 for the new one. That wasn't the problem obviously as it kept doing the same thing. When I called back I was told I needed to buy the newer body. Huh? No, I don't think so. I spoke with another rep recently and was told they don't even have bodies for this model, but they would sell me a brand new one with a discount. Once again, I don't think so. I spent $425 on a product that I used a few times. I'll not be making that same mistake again. I do NOT recommend Masterbuilt products.
Pros - Set it and Forget it Cooking
Cons - Wood tray is too small Id like more bark.
Ive owned my MES for about two years now. The unit has held up well. It's used every holiday with heavy loads of meat. We feed a lot of folks. In addition, I'll use it about once a month on Sunday. 2 chickens are in the spa as i write. No quality issues at all. I did get the cover for it to protect it from the Texas Sun and Ice storms. This is my 4th smoker and the first electric unit The others were a wood smoker and two propane units. I wasn't sure if I'd like an E unit. But overall I would say I'm happy. Super easy to use. Not messy like some smokers can be. Pretty easy clean up.
I wish the units could produce more smoke. I began using the pellets rather than chips. I believe I get better / more smoke with pellets. Reading this forum I understand they have an upgrade on the wood tray. I'll write MasterBuilt tomorrow for more info.
Ive thought about investing in one of those more expensive pro units that are talked about here. But when I read this forum I see just as many folks rave about the unit I already own. So I'm probably keeping with what I have.
This is a lazy mans way to smoke and still get great results. But Sundays should be a lazy day right?
I have to give the ol' girl 5 stars.
Well done MasterBuilt.
Pros - Super easy to use and good looking too!
Cons - It could use a double pane window...
I am very impressed with my new smoker! I did my first brisket, low and slow (225 for 16 hours) and it was well beyond my greatest expectations! I like the window and light (without them I would be opening the door to check it's progress way more often than I should. I only opened door to put it in, to foil it, and to take it out! I liked the lighter smoke (apple wood) that the MES gives. The only suggestion I can make to Masterbuilt is that double pane window would be an asset to it's great insulation value.
Pros - Ease of operation
Cons - Remote dont work well. Just throw it out.
This smoker is great for the person not wanting to remember to fill propane bottles or to not run out of charcoal.
Pros - Built in meat probe, ease of use
Cons - No basic instructions for cooking and no cook book available.
I do love my smoker, the briskets are best. Set up took about an hour. Cured/seasoned the inside per instructions. And I was smokin! I started with a whole chicken, is was awesome. Next cornish game hens.
I wasn't as happy because they got done faster than expected. Clean up is a breeze, maintaining smoke is simple. But they say not to store it out side so i'll have to figure out where its going. There is so many videos out there on cooking with every conceivable style of smoker, but eventually I found some to try.
Overall I'm very pleased.