Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 30" not staying turned on

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by wizkidd1982, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. mikewoods

    mikewoods Fire Starter

    Thanks for clearing that up.  No offense taken.  If you're ever in the metro Detroit area stop by for a beer.   
  2. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You own a bar?

    Thanks. I'll take you up on it if ever I get the chance. I really don't like to get into spats on SMF, anyway. There are really great people here who've helped me raise my smoking game immensely.
  3. Hello

    I noticed you posted that there is a MES 30"  "Generation 2"  Could you tell me when the new model came out? I went to and I could not find any info about it.

    Thank you.  Dan
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The Generation #2 came out in 2012.

    The New Gen #2.5 came out in December, 2014.

  5. Hello Bear

    Thanks for the fast reply!  Can you tell me if the gen 2.5 was issued a new model number? We are trying to help a customer with a replacement part. How can I get the parts specs on this model?  You have been most helpful.

    Best regards, Dan
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I gave up keeping track of MES model numbers. I think they change model numbers every time a bird flies by the shop.

    Seriously though, they got a lot of model numbers. Sams has their own, I believe model numbers are different for 4 racks, 6 racks, legs, no legs, glass in door, no glass, SS exterior, black exterior, etc, etc.

    I would get the model number from the plate on the back of your MES, and do a search on it. If you can't find it, call Masterbuilt.

  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's a "newer" model Gen #1, like mine.

    The earlier Gen #1 had a control box that had straight corners, instead of the rounded off corners like that one has.

    The Gen #1 goes back a long way, but the one in the pic on that link, with a remote came out when I got mine, Around October, 2010.

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015
  9. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    As Bear said, there are several model numbers. Three numbers that I am aware of on the Generation 2.5 though, are ...

    20070315 (6 shelves) Bass Pro Shops $428

    20020115 (4 shelves) Amazon             $467

    20070215 4 shelves) Sams                 $330
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmmm.... I was told mine was a Gen 2.5 and the Md. # is 20075315. I recieved it last month.
  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Then I don't understand why the only MES 30 Gen 1 I saw for sale on Amazon when I bought mine in 2012 was the one that predated yours. In fact, I still see that one being sold. Why come out with an update while continuing to sell the original model?
  12. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    It might be possible it is a 2.5, I don't know, The water pan and chip feeder & tray are the same as the 2.0, but the vent is on top like the 2.5 and it's parts are replaceable like the new Bluetooth 2.5 is whereas only a few parts on the 2.0 are replaceable, mainly the controller and heat coil. Here is what Masterbuilt told me when I checked on that same model before buying the Bluetooth ... "The models 20072612 (Sams) and 20070512 (Amazon) are the exact same model smoker but, for different retailers they have different model numbers. However, there is absolutely no difference between these two smokers. The New model 20075315 at Amazon is also exactly the same design as the 20072612 (Sams) and 20070512 (Amazon), except all of the part are replaceable on this model and they are not on the other models. The mother board, wiring and all is now replaceable on this 20075315 uni-body smoker. Other than all of the parts being replaceable on this new Amazon Model, there is no difference! " 
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I guess the same reason that I believe they still sell both types of Gen #1, the Gen #2, and the Gen #2.5, as we speak. I guess there's a market for all of them.

  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here's the new way of telling them apart:

    Forget about where the top vent is---That is intermingled between the #2 and the #2.5.

    As far as I know the only one that is Bluetooth is the #2.5.

    However, if the smoker has a full width slanted drip plate going from one side to the other, with a small water pan hanging on the lower left end of that plate, it is a Generation #2, and anyone who tells you it's a Gen #2.5 is either lying, or has no idea what they're talking about.

  15. backyardmike

    backyardmike Newbie

    I always put my shoulders in before going to bed. At 16hrs I have too
    Now I'm scared
  16. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well sir, I just perused Amazon and what do I see? MY smoker on sale for $179. However, I can buy a fine one like yours for $370 probably like I could've 3 years ago but that would have ruined my plan to buy an electric smoker for under $200. So I guess any way I look at it I was going to buy an MES 30 with the square-edged top controller which vanishes any buyer's remorse I might have had.

    Now, Bear, you very well might have purchased your MES 30 for under $200 in 2010 but that was two years before I knew both you and Masterbuilt so my lack of buyer's remorse remains intact. Thank you for helping me think this through. And now for a delicious cup of joe...[​IMG]
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My first one was like yours. It was a black MES 30 Gen #1 (No Window). I bought it in 2009 for $169. I've seen them on sale since for as low as $129.

    It worked fine!!

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015
  18. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Based on what Bear said here and I am inclined to agree with him, that Foamheart's Model  # 20075315 is a 2.0 and not 2.5 because it does have a full width slanted drip plate going from one side to the other, with a small water pan hanging on the lower left end of that plate, even though it has the vent on top and not the side. Thus it must be a late model 2.0 and probably is, based on what Amazon told me as I quoted in post # 32 above.
  19. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just when I thought I was out you pull me back in. I bought mine for $189! OK, dump the cup o' joe. I'm back in full-blown buyer's remorse again...[​IMG]
  20. vwaldoguy

    vwaldoguy Smoke Blower

    daRicksta, fuhgetabout it.  How much BBQ have you made?  Who cares what it cost, you've gotten your money's worth.  I just bought a Gen 1 MES 30" digital with no window for $179 yesterday.  It'll be here tomorrow. 

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