I need help on which MES 30" Model to get

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by wpeters, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. wpeters

    wpeters Newbie

    Hello there.  I'm preparing to enter into the world of smoking after looking into it for awhile.  I think from what i've read the Masterbuilt electric smoker will fill my needs well.  I do have some questions as i'm thoroughly confused about the different models.

    I've read some about the difference in the Gen 1 model and Gen 2 model.  Which is best/most dependable? 

    Is the window model worth the extra money?

    Which model comes with the the remote and meat probe?

    Any other advice???

    Thanks!

    Wes
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The Gen 1 is very good and has very few problems, displayed temp and actual temp may be off by 10+°F. The Gen 2 has had numerous issues from run away temps to fires. The window is worthless IMO. I smoke by temp and the amount of smoke coming out the vent. So I have no use for the window. The Gen1 unit that has a Remote and Probe is Model # 20070411. If you can find one, becoming rare, the Gen1 MES 40, model # 20070311, is a lot bigger and not that much more expensive. The most PITA issue with any MES is having to reload the chips every 30-40 minutes, especially on a 20 hour over night Butt smoke in the middle of Winter. Definitely invest in the AMNPS Pellet Smoke Generator from A-MAZE-N Products...http://www.amazenproducts.com/Default.asp  Just load it with pellets and get up to 10 hours of continuous thin blue smoke. The company owner, Todd Johnson, is a member and his customer service is second to none. Be sure to read the thread below for more info...JJ

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/133955/2012-mes-40-vs-old-model-mes-40
     

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