anyone have this masterbuilt?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lb23, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. lb23

    lb23 Newbie


    wondering if anyone has this  30 in digital--home depot has it online; is this a good smoker?  Is electric better to buy vs. others?
  2. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    The MES unit is a good unit, Many people here own them and love them.
  3. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have a MES 30 gen 1. Love it. It's great for cold smoking (with an AMNPS). Great overall smoker, if you like low and slow.

    The biggest negatives are:
    --no smoke ring Not a big thing.
    --a lot less bark than a stick burner.

    If you get it, don't trust the OEM temp gauges--mine were way off. Get a good two probe digital therm.

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2015
  4. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Check out Costco before you buy this. Masterbuilt Electric Smoker or MES for short are great, or at least the new one I bought is and from what I read everyone else here seems to like them too! But, I bought a MES 40 at Costco for $320 and a few days later saw this MES 30 at Homedepot for 300. For an extra 20 dollars I got a ton of extra cooking space. Also I did the boil test and the factory temp probes were only a few degrees off of my maverick, all my ITs have been perfect. I recommend doing a price check and going with the bigger one! Good luck!
  5. check your local ACE, they have the MES 30 Black non window rear control with Rib Rack, Sausage Rack and cover for $ 129.00

  6. vwaldoguy

    vwaldoguy Smoke Blower

    I bought a MES30 as my first smoker, but then also bought a Weber Smokey Mountain smoker.  I prefer the charcoal.

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