Masterbuilt 30 inch digital smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by redrocker65200, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    There's a Tractor Supply Co. in town. I think they stock the MES 30 Gen 1 with the oval top controller but I haven't been inside the store yet.
  2. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    There is a Tractor Supply Co. approx 10-12 miles (20 minutes)  from me at Edmond, OK, but I have never been in that store though.
  3. FWIW I bought my MES from Amazon 3 weeks ago for $177 and it has the squareed off control box. The old lady did me a solid and got me the silver Mav 733 off Amazon with no prior knowledge of such things. Guess I just got lucky?
  4. YES you did. Now smoke up some ribs or a nice Pork tenderloin after the basic break in that's in the Manuel. Here is a link to a great rub dust&criteria=&page=1   

    have fun    Jted
  5. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    At some point I'll walk into mine. It's just that every time I drive by I don't have the time to stop in.
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You did indeed on both counts. You're going to love that little MES 30. I've enjoyed mine for 3+ years. The ET-733 can be a bear when it comes to changing settings. You can also just power on both the transmitter and receiver and monitor your smoke temps.

    I've finally gotten down the procedure for changing settings because I like them to match what I'm smoking. I always use the Alarm function to notify me when temps go higher or lower than the parameters I set. It's just a really cool device. I always have the receiver propped up near me when I'm watching TV, at the computer, or even when washing the dishes. I take it with me all over the house. It makes using a smoker fun and easier.
  7. I fiddled with it when i seasoned the smoker and figured it out pretty quick. So far its been a gem
  8. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Again, when I'm at the computer with the receiver right beside I marvel at how easy smoking can be.
  9. Apologies for the thread hijack, but anyone tested how far it can transmit? Or maybe how many walls it can penetrate? Since my smoker's right outside my bedroom I'd assume a nap during say a boston butt with the alarm would be feasible as long as the pellets stay lit.
    On topic: Now that I've voiced my pleasure with the results of the MES, the father-in-law to be wants one for Christmas. Might go for that ACE black friday deal on the 25th
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't tell you about the new bluetooth distance, but I'm sure all of the MES remotes are similar, and mine is far better than my Mavericks ever were.

    I tested it all the way to my mailbox, which is probably about 300', and it worked great----Turned it on & off, and set the time and temp from 300'. It's also the only thing I have that works from any room in my house to my smoker, including from my recliner, which has a Steel door between that & my MES.

    Just don't get your Father-in-law a Gen #2. That could cause a Family feud.

  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hate you darn thread hijackers. No, not really because I enjoy a good thread hijacking myself. I've always loved how some long threads mutate into other topics and life forms.

    I haven't really experimented with the ET-733 distance. I think Maverick states it has a 300 foot range. I set up my MES 30 either in the backyard or the front yard, leave the transmitter on top of the smoker, and then I walk all around my house with the receiver, and our house has 2700 sq. ft. We also have a 300 ft. driveway so perhaps next summer I'll take a walk up it with the receiver and find out how far I get before I lose the signal.

    In my opinion, Masterbuilt makes the best electric smoker in its price range. But you need to skip the Generation 2 models.
  12. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Family Feud? "We asked you to name a bad electric smoker. You said 'Masterbuilt Generation 2'. Show me Masterbuilt Generation 2. Survey said? Masterbuilt Generation 2!!!!! That was the number one answer."
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---The Sad thing is I know exactly what you're talking about. That should have scored at least "54".

    BTW: I only tested my MES remote from 300', because any farther than that in any direction puts me in the woods, with too many trees in the way.

  14. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Oh yeah, I've seen photos of your land. We're surrounded by trees. I hewed my home out of the forest with my bare hands. I'll have to send you photos sometime.

    I've yet to go more than 50' from my ET-733 transmitter with the receiver.

    Wonder why Home Depot only sells MES 30 Gen 2.5 models and not the MES 40? That darn Lowes only sells Gen 2 for both MES 30 & 40.
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've never seen any Masterbuilts at our HD, and Lowes is 20 miles away, so I don't get there often. Don't know what they have.

  16. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've got a Lowes in town and a HD about 15 minutes down the road. I went in looking for something and I saw the MES 30 BT ( I think they were BT but not sure now)  units on a display shelf. That's where Lowes puts them to but as of about a month ago all they had were the MES 30 & 40 Gen 2's. I think both had the top vent.
  17. Academy has the 40 inch for $199.00 this week in their paper add.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  19. Academy has the 40 inch for $199 right now.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is an Awesome Tip for anyone wanting a Gen #1 MES 40-----Thanks for the Head's up!!!


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