Another noob MES 30 vs. 40 thread...

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ghostred7, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. ghostred7

    ghostred7 Smoke Blower

    I've read through a lot of the 30v40 threads, but none have mentioned some of what I'm going to ask (that I saw), so I'm gonna ask here.....

    When I smoke's typically for no more than 4 people at once with occasionally +2 adults.  Would you see a need to upgrade to the 40 from the 30?  What are the added benefits?  Drawbacks?

    Granted, this is all hinging on the black friday sale.  If I can't do that, then back to Sam's for the $299 40.
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am very happy with my 30...

    It has made lots of great food and never been able to not feed 6 from it.

    Get an AMAZEN when you get one either way.

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  3. glocksrock

    glocksrock Smoking Fanatic

    Go with the 40 if you can afford it, that way you have no regrets.
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Get the most you can afford. That way you always have the flexability to do something larger if needed. Once you start people are going to ask you to smoke for them 
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree for a little extra money you can get the 40. You will like the extra space & at times I'm sure you will use it.
  6. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the 40 thats what my next one will be because of the room inside...
  7. ghostred7

    ghostred7 Smoke Blower

    It's all about affordability.  **IF** I cannot get the black friday MES30, then I **WILL** get the Sam's $299 MES40.

    I guess what the "ask" is (and has been answered to a degree) is should I just hold off for the 40 til after New Year (tax return) with the possibility of being asked to smoke for others (so far, haven't yet) or try my damndest to get the BF sale?
  8. glocksrock

    glocksrock Smoking Fanatic

    I'd just save up and get the 40 from Sams, I wish that's what I would have done, but I still love the one I have now, I just wish I had the extra room, just in case. I've filled up my Masterbuilt extra wide before, but it's not insulated so I won't be using it in cold weather, but at least when it's nice out I have 2 smokers I can use, so it's not that big of a deal for me.
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I know you don't want to, but if you can wait & get the 40.
  10. ghostred7

    ghostred7 Smoke Blower

    Hate to bump an old thread....but seems that the Sam's by us no longer carries the 40 and dunno when they'll be getting more (if at all).

    Lowe's has the 30 for ~$149.  Since we're a non-pork household, we do more beef, especially brisket.  My question is are the shelves in the 30 big enough to hold a standard ~11-12lb packer (dimensions about 8"Wx17"L)?

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