Masterbuilt smokers

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by conrad74, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Looking to upgrade from my little chief to possibly a Masterbuilt ( or Centro -same thing as far as I can tell ) with temperature control and insulated box. does anyone have any experience with these units. Looking to do sausages , bacon ,etc. Also are they able to cold smoke ? Any recomendations advice would be appreciated

  2. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    If you're talking about the MES, I've been using one for about six months. The thermostat has a range of 100 to 275 so they don't really cold smoke as is, but I'm pretty sure someone posted some mods (with pictures) for cold smoking with one.

    I've mainly done pork butts and ribs (and ABTs and fatties, of course) with the occasional chicken or salmon fillet. I've been happy with the results. The only problems have been my lack of skill. [​IMG][​IMG]

    Hope this is helpful.
  3. Thanks- The electric version is the one I was looking at. Good to hear you like yours so far, have read a couple other positive reviews as well. Found the thread with cold smoking modifications , now I know what I can do with my old smoker !![​IMG]
  4. oleolson

    oleolson Meat Mopper

    I've got a MES too. I'm pretty new to smoking and just bought it a month or so ago but I've been very pleased with the results I've gotten with it so far.
  5. monstah

    monstah Meat Mopper

    I also have an MES and am very pleased with it. I've done about 10 very successful smokes on it so far and counting. It's definitely a nice unit and worth every penny. [​IMG]
  6. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a couple MES electrics and have had quite a bit of success with them. Dollar for dollar, it is a very good product for the money. I have smoked just about everything imaginable in the Masterbuilt. I highly suggest an electric Masterbuilt, it is a bargain for the price compared to what you get with other electric smokers; in my humble opinion.
  7. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another happy MES owner here. Great product imo.
  8. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yes the MES,and the centro are the same with diff names , I find mine to be very veritile for use when I want to maintain a constant temp and find it can do most anything you want if you play with it

    as far as cold smokin it would prolly work well as is in cold weather , but can easily be used to generate smoke and pipe it to another vessel for cold smoke , here's a link to a quick idea I came up with when I got mine .

    Only thing I would do different is use a better ( steel or aluminum ) box or as you have already mentioned ( a use for your old smoker ) would be ideal , IMHO .
  9. billyq

    billyq Smoking Fanatic

    My friend's Dad swears by his MES.
  10. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I love my MES.....thinking about getting another one also, on sale right now up the street for 179...... [​IMG]
  11. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cabela's had them last weekend for $149, it was a 2 day sale.
  12. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    I just picked one of these up the other day. I've been using mostly the Little/Big Chief electrics, so this will be a nice change to have an insulated box and a temperature control.

    One thing I'd definitely recommend for you guys that just picked one up is to set it up and give it a dry run before you try to smoke anything in it. I set mine up straight out of the box and decided to fire it up just to make sure it was working. After it heated up it started smoking fairly good with the most acrid, nasty smelling smoke. I set the controls for 225 and an hour and a half. An hour later it still stunk pretty bad, though the smoking had pretty much stopped. It sure would have ruined any meat that had been in there. I assume this was left over oils and such from manufacturing burning off. Tonight I'm going to give it another dry run with some wood chips to make sure everything is up to snuff before I try some salmon this weekend.
  13. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I was thinking about upgrading to the bigger one that Bass Pro Shop sell's but for that price I might as well buy another one like mine
  14. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yup, first thing to do is fire them up with damper full open, let it burn all the manufacturing oils off, then fill up the chip box and let her smoke for a few hours to season....... [​IMG]
  15. irwinwd

    irwinwd Smoke Blower

    another happy mes owner here. I've had a lot of success with mine over the last year I've owned it. After a minor mix up on my first smoke, I haven't had any issues with a smoke. I think the ability to controll the temperature helps the learning curve a lot! They are also well insulated, which is nice if your are going to smoke during the winter. I'd recommend it to anyone.

    I haven't tried cold smoking, but have heard it to be an issue with these.
  16. Should the damper on a MES be open all the time? Does this maximize the temps? I know this would be the case on a charcoal grill but not sure on an electric smoker.

    I did some ribs on a MES last weekend trying the 3-2-1 method and they got done a lot quicker than I thought they would.
  17. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    no, you need to learn how to use the damper to control the heat and smoke....mostly the smoke.....if you want it to continually have the burner running and more smoke, full open damper......other then that you need to understand when to close it down to 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 and then a's not hard, but the more open the damper the more that burner runs...... [​IMG]
  18. Hello. I just bought a MES today. I noticed the rubber gasket between the door and box is not a tight seal. I see smoke comming out around the door. Is this to be expected? Thanks in advance!
  19. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Mine does not leak around the door at all.

  20. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    More than likely you have put too much wood in it.
    That smoke has to go somewhere when the top vent will
    not handle it.! Only enough wood to see a wee bit coming out the top then you have TBS.

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