Hard to beat the Sam's Club Masterbuilt?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by gunpowder, May 31, 2009.

  1. I have an electric Gourmet Brinkmann I have used for the past couple of years. It has gotten to the point I am getting custom jobs from board members, friends, etc.

    I wanted to upgrade and after looking at gas vs electric I still am sticking with electric due to high gas use vs electric.

    I am leaning towards the Masterbuilt via Sam's Club for total cost of $362.18 Tax, inc. warranty. I think that the next level (SmokinTex, CookShack,) are better but I can't get there from here without spending at least $300 more after shipping to get the same sized capacity. My prefered budget is closer to under $400. Yes I know the new SmkerTaex is $395 but it is half the size plus $30 shipping.

    Am I correct or am I missing a secret deal somewhere?
  2. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What size MES are you looking at, 30" or 40"?
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love my MES, very conveient to use at a moments notice. And Sam's 3 year warrantee can't be be beat for 39 dollars.
  5. Sam's is a 40 with the window. Made specifically for and shipped directly from factory to them.
  6. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If ya like chineese stuff, probably be your best buy. Lots of different forums have alot of gripes about the workmanship and electronic components. I personally know one person wh had to order the top electric unit 3 different times before he got a good one.[​IMG]
  7. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Gunpowder, I strongly recomend that you read all of the threads & posts in regards to mes issues. In my opinion, the complaints outweigh the praises of that unit. If you do decide to go with the mes, I would keep the Customer Service phone number handy. Chances are you will need it.
  8. I picked up one today with the three year extend warranty. If it goes bad prematurely I will at least be protected. I just didn't have the cash to go with the 1400 CookShack and wanted the space the 40" provides.

    I have read here that they apparently recommend a break-in time before cooking but the instructions don't mention it. Anyone have a link?
  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think it is 3 hours at 275 then some wood smoke. It is in the manual.

    Good luck, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you need any help with it you can PM me and I would be glad to help.
  10. werdwolf

    werdwolf Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a 30 inch MES for 1 1/2 yrs now. Works great.
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Keep us updated on it's performance and your experiences with it; it may well be my choice when my Cabela's (by Masterbuilt) gives out.
  12. mysticalman

    mysticalman Fire Starter

    I just picked up one of these from Sams Club after looking at them for the past 2 years.

    My first smoker was one of the original masterbuilt's that didn't have an exhaust hole or latch to keep the door closed. The results were so so from my first electric smoker I hope to have much better results this time around with all of the improvements they have made.

    I ended up taking it back and getting a big box gosm. I love my GOSM but I liked the set and forget of electric.

    I am also going to give pellets a try to see if I can get a good smoke ring going.
  13. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    From a previous post of the MES and it's electrical problems look at the front feet on the unit. If the lines go up and down it's from the new supplier and better than if the lines run horizontal. These are the units which are more prone to fail.

  14. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mine is fairly new and the lines run horizontal. Hmm.
  15. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    so is mine. bought it in dec 08
  16. My lines are horizontal. Hmmmm. Well if it kicks the bucket I will probably be returning it for a Cookshack.
  17. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, here is a copy of and email that Kim sent me. Hope this clears up any confusion on this matter.

    How to tell which factory made the units:
    If the grooves on the leg boots go up and down then it is from the old factory.
    If the grooves on the leg boots go left to right they are from the new factory.
    Let me know if you need anything else.
    Thank you,

    Kimberly Ruonavaara
    [email protected]
    Call Center Service Representative
    Masterbuilt Manufacturing
    1-800-489-1581 Customer Service
    1-706-660-8022 Fax
  18. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    mmmmmm. This is just the opposite from the information shotsky posted after speaking with Tanya Moore, the CS Manager.
  19. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes I know. Maybe I will forward this to Kim. Just sent her an email.
  20. My model # is 20070508. Wonder if this means model is a 2007 one????

    Serial# GM040853

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