Masterbuilt longevity?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ron burgundy, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    Has anybody owned an electric smoker that lasted more than 2 years? Mine quit last year after 2 yrs.
  2. I've only had mine for about 1-1/2 years, but so far it's still going strong. I have the digital controls and have had some difficulty with programming it in extreme cold weather, but, other than that, have been extremely pleased with it.

  3. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My MES 30 Gen 1 is in it's 5th year of loyal and dependable service to me. 
  4. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    3 years and counting with my 30, Gen 1. 2 years and counting with my 40, Gen 1. They're both still functioning like new.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2017
  5. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    Trying to decide between Pit Boss 820 & the 40"Masterbuilt at Sam's, electric or propane.
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Which Masterbuilt model? But the thing about inexpensive Traeger-clone smokers is that they come with a set of problems. Here's a good review of one:

    Besides temp swings (which can be a problem with Masterbuilts but there are ways to stabilize that. Also, Traeger smokers and clones aren't very airtight so besides the controller temps swings you'd got outside air leaking in and heat leaking out. 

    What are the prices of both smokers?
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I rebuilt mine BEFORE it went out..    that was 6 years ago....  Knock on wood it's still working good...
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I've had mine for 7 years and still no problems. I keep it outside in the weather with a garbage bag over it & then the cover over that.

    It's been fully exposed to the summer storms we get down here in Florida & it's still in good working order.

    I even  have one of the ones where the controller is accurate too.

    Maybe I just lucked out.

  9. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    I had the $100 Cookmaster. Looking at the Bluetooth stainless 40" @Sam's. I want more room & longer lasting.
  10. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've read here on SMF that the MES 40" Bluetooth models are very good smokers. Are you thinking of buying it in a Sam's Club warehouse or online? Sometimes places like Cabela's or Bass Pro will sell special bundled MES packages which are good deals but a bit more expensive than the smokers alone. The bundles may include 6 racks and not for, a meat probe, and some other extras. 
  11. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    I got the Pit Boss 820 at Menards Friday. Monday I went back because it went on sale for $400. $107 back in store credit. Now I've got 40 lbs of hickory & 40 of the hickory/maple/cherry.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had my MES 30 Gen #1 for 2 years, and sold it---That guy still uses it 6 years later.

    Then I got my MES 40 Gen #1, used it for 5 years, and it became my backup 2 years ago---Was still working Great.

    Then 2 years ago, I got my MES 40 Gen #2.5, and it's more awesome than all of them, and works Great.


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