Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by grasshopper, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. grasshopper

    grasshopper Fire Starter

    Going to pull the pin, and buy the 2012 MES 40.(200701512)  I like the new door opening (oppsite side) Tthe display and the drip pan is in front I see that the window is bigger. Hope it holds the heat as good as the 2011. They also moved the top draft to the left side, if I am right. Masterbuilts web site dosen't have it up yet, still the 2011. Cabela's has it on there's  Although a person can get a great deal on the 30 now at cabel's they dropped the price to $249. I use the cabela's in Rogers MN. That will save me $18.00 on shipping. Sure hope I am right, $449.00 is full price. 4 to 6 weeks back order Bet the sales person tries to sell me a 200070311, 2011 mod. Which is also great. Probably a lot of money for a front display, door and drip pan. Thinking out loud.? 
  2. Sams Club (online and in store) has the 2011 model of the MES 40 for $299...  $150 premium for those features seems steep
  3. I've got the MES 40 from Sam's and I absolutely love it. I just can't see that much extra $$$$ for the few mods they did to it. Good luck and hope it's everything you want!
  4. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I guess the door opening switched from left to right is a good thing, especially if your right handed, However the price difference between Sam's and CABELAS is very compelling, after all the MES 40 without the CABELAS mods is already a super successful awesome working smoker.

    My 5 year old Sam's MES 40 has one feature that has been missing for several years, my cabinet is stainless steel inside and outside.  For that reason alone I doubt I will ever replace it, instead fixing anything that fails and keeping a great stainless cook box.
  5. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I went to our brand new Cabelas at Tulalip last night. Officially, the store isn't even open yet. They still had the older model MES's.
  6. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Love my MES40 got it at SAMs as well
  7. I have the good looking all stainless steel MES40 too and I feel the same way about keeping it 'forever' , even if I have to fix/replace parts/mod to keep it going. Whenever I am on my deck looking out at my MES sitting there, I think to myself what a nice looking smoker it is...
  8. grasshopper

    grasshopper Fire Starter

    Well I did it. The upgrade probably isn't worth that amount of money. I have been working my  butt off all winter, so I treated myself. I was always looking at the 30 inch because all the kid are gone. A lot of the post say bigger is better. Looked at the 2011, 40 inch in the store and it sure is big. Looks like I will have to learn more. I have never smoked anything in my life. I started out making breakfast sausage and than got Rytek Kutas book and now I am hooked . Glad for this forum. 
  9. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    If your hooked on ryteks book then you definitely need the 40. Congrats on the purchase!

    Maybe I like the old MES model so well because I'm left handed?! Lol. I never thought about but when I read above that they switched I was thinking to myself that I wouldn't like that change.
  10. bustintires

    bustintires Smoke Blower

    dont forget to check the bargain cave. i got my mes40 stainless with the glass door for 269.00 it had a small ding on the side but was otherwise unused and in perfect condition.

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