MES 40" vs Bradley 6 rack smoker?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by rob sicc, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. MES 40

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  2. Bradley 6 Rack

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  1. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I'm sure some folks recognize that I've posted a few threads this week about electric smokers.  I hope I am not bothering anyone or being a pest.  I am trying to do as much research as I can before I pull the trigger because I will have this one for a while and won't be buying another any time soon after.

    Can anyone offer any pros and cons about these 2 smokers?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Bradleys are under powered, use Pucks ($$$) that are tossed into a bowl of water after 20 minutes of burn time. Add it up! A single Butt smoke of 16 hours = 48 Pucks, around $20 + the $ of the meat...

    MES40 Model #20070311 or Bluethooth with AMNPS. More broad range of smoker temps, ambient to 275°F. $20 of Todd's Premium flavor Pellets = 5 Pounds or well over 50 hours of TBS...JJ
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  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Love my MES 40 BT.  The AMPS is great when it stays lit.  I've had issues with it, others had not.  I should actually start a poll to find out.  +1 for the MES 40 BT!!
  4. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    WOW Chef Jimmy!  I couldn't have asked for a better explanation.  Thank you.  So then in my price range, would you go with the MES 40?  I still keep going back to the Cajun injector double wide.  It looks so much bigger.  What do you think?
  5. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Bigger is not always the best. Consider the wattage of the element. I have both a MES 30 and a MES 40. I like both, but the smaller one cooks better in my opinion. less volume means quicker recovery time. Everytime you open the door and peek adds 20-30 mins to your smoke. Like they say if your lookin your not cooking.. 800 watts min on the element and 1200 or 1500 is about max on a 120 volt smoker. My two cents.

  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Robb, I know Nada about the CI. In fact I went and read your other thread for more info. The CI may be a good choice for a large quantity of Jerky but I question the 2 door format for anything else. I can only comment on MES customer service. My 1st MES40, 4 years old, had a suspected coil problem. I called Masterbuilt and described my problem. The young lady replied without hesitation, " Sounds like a bad Coil. I will send one out today, No Charge..." [​IMG]  ON A SMOKER 3 YEARS OUT OF WARRANTY! I now have 2 MES40's in my family and would not hesitate to recommend Masterbuilt...Sorry I can't help more with the CI...JJ 
  8. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Chef Jimmy,  even if you are commenting about the CI your remarks are very helpful.  There is a lot to be said for Customer service.  That is pretty impressive.  Can you suggest where I might find the MES40 at the best price?  It really is hard to chose.  I will be using it mostly for jerky so the surface space on the CI is very attractive.  I was told the heating element is 1300 watts which sounds pretty strong.  I don't care for the window on either I would think a window is less insulated than insulated metal and that it will lose a bit of heat come winter

    I don't know.
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Rob, As much as I like the MES, if Jerky is going to be it's primary function, I see you have a Dyna-Glo for other meats, the CI may be a better choice. To expand the MES, I purchased 3 drying rack sets from Eastman Outdoors for $20 per set of three. Before being discontinued they were even cheaper! Since they are discontinued, and existing stock is depleted, folks been getting crazy money for them, example... You my be able to find similar racks that will fit the CI. Look at stacking Cooling Racks, for baking cookies, that may fit the CI...JJ
  10. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Jimmy,  that looks like the perfect tool for my needs.  If I use those with the CI I could probably do a weeks worth of jerky in 1 batch.  that would save me a lot of time.


    Thank you again Jimmy.  It's people like you that make this site so valuable and keep people coming back.

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