Brand new to smoking....Advice needed

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by chrisw2012, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am brand new to smoking meat (never done it before) and after doing some research online I am considering buying a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 30 - Digital.

    Question...would this be a good smoker for someone just starting out like me or is there a better one to recommend? I am looking for one the is easy-to-use where I just have to plug it in, bring it up to the right temperature, put in the pre-season/marinated meat and then just add wood chips & water at certain times.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated....

  2. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    That's the one I bought a few months back when I first started too.  It is a great smoker.  I'm glad I got this one instead of the analog version.

    I know many have had problems getting smoke with the analog model.

    Make sure you get the Gen I model if you can  - the one with the digital controls at the top back of the unit, not on the top front.


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  3. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  4. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit

    If you cannot find a generation 1, then I would recommend passing on the Masterbuilt. Read all you can on this brand within the pages of the electric smoker forum.Some of Masterbuilts smokers have problems.  The Generation 1 seems to be the most reliable. But there are fixes for those problems you will read about. 
  5. ladygt

    ladygt Fire Starter

    What do you know about the Generation II of Masterbuilt Electric Smokers? We purchased one and it is defective.  I kinda would like to get another because members here like it while my husband is adamant about returning it without a replacement. 
  6. You should just return it as you now have a chance to do. The Gen 2 is purported to have problems. 9 out of 10 posts about gen 2 smokers are about  the problems of the Gen 2 smokers. If I had one and had a chance to return it I would. Do a search for Gen 2 Masterbuilts and see for your self.
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  7.  Chris, Since you are just getting into the smoker hobby You might take   PaRRot-HeaD's advice as well as daRicksta advice as Especially daRICKsta advice about the 20070910 unit. It is relatively inexpensive as good smokers go It has a guarantee and good after purchase service. If you look you can find them any where from 139.00 at Wally World when they are on sale or the everyday price from Amazon for under 180.00  delivered. There are others  that are better but be prepared to drop some cash. If you just want to get your feet wet buy the gen1 20070910 smoker. Remember there will be some other things you will need to buy to get started.  jted
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very few members like the Gen #2.

    I would take it back & get a Gen #1 MES 40. That's the one that most MES owners love. The best Electric smoker available at that low price. IMHO

    Mine is 4 years old & has never let me down, while turning out Awesome Q.

  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Without question I would have bought an MES 40 if it had been in my budget. But seeing has how it was my first smoker I wanted to start out relatively inexpensive. But there are tradeoffs for me to consider: I like the size of the MES 30 because I can bungee cord it to a hand truck and easily move it between my garage and my front/back yards and also place it atop a sturdy table. I also rarely cook for more than 3 people. On the other hand, the 40 inch would be more than wide enough to handle large beef briskets and racks of spareribs without them pressing against the side walls. But I would need a MB cart to permanently set the MES 40 on top of so I could wheel it around since it would be too big for the hand truck I use. Still, if I had it to do over again with a higher budget I'd buy the 40-inch, as I said at the beginning of this comment.
  10. Most new smoker types are folks that want to experience some good Q. After the thrill and experience is over the smoker goes  into  the shed  or garage to only come out once in a while. only you can weigh the need verses budget verses the rate of use. Other things will come into play like how many racks of ribs or the number of buts you want to cook. Most all the smokers will have a max load capacity. You can buy larger electric smokers and even American made large electric smokers. They will cost you a chunk of change but it is all about you and your needs and wants. Isn't most hobby's about your needs verses wants. When I was young my wants were my needs. I am glad I out grew that stage of my life.   I just want you to do you home work and make a good choice. If you buy the wrong smoker you may get frustrated and never experience the feeling of producing great Q.  Jted 
  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is a great observation, Jted. For the first year I had my smoker I didn't use it as much as I had planned for different reasons. This past year we had the longest stretch of warm-to-hot sunny weather here in western Washington than we've had in years. I've done a lot more smoking and this year I feel like I finally know what I'm doing. What's great is to have a mental vision of how you want the Q to look and taste and when it turns out exactly that way, you feel like you beat Myron Mixon as grand prize winner of a BBQ competition.

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