Mes???? Or....!!!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by blzafour, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. blzafour

    blzafour Smoke Blower

    I am thinking about getting an electric smoker...... but I'm not sure which one would be the best. What is your thoughts. I would be using it for ribs , jerky, pulled pork, a fattie once in awhile!!!

    I got two propane units already but would like to get an electric to add to the collection!
  2. It really comes down to your budget. Figure out what your top limit is to spend on the unit itself, then go from there. I have a Cookshack Super Smoker 50 - spendy, but works like a plow horse! I bought mine used 3 years ago and it was already 20 years old then. Only mod to it was adding a new thermometer. I paid 450, new they are a grand for the size I have.

    So, back to budget. Set that and start looking from there. My budget at the time I was looking was $400, but founf this on craigslist 160 miles away and went for it. No regrets!!

    Good luck blzafour!
  3. chainsaw

    chainsaw Smoking Fanatic

    i have had very good luck with my 30" MES. It has rarely been idle any Saturday since last July. Had a problem up front and the warranty people were great! I live in the town where Cookshack is made (and Head Country BBQ sauce & rub) and it is a great unit, but I could buy almost 3 MES for one Cookshack. (Maybe 2 1/2) the newer 40" will recover faster than the 30" in colder temps so I would replace this one with a 40 if I ever wear this one out. Good luck with your decision!
  4. Chainsaw is spot on for the pricing on the CS. It certainly is not for the faint-of-wallet! Here in Minnesota, I can fire up my CS any time: windy or not, 5-below zero or 95 degrees - without worry of the elements affecting cook times.

    Alot of MES owners here and that seems like the best bang for the buck. I'd follow chainsaw's advice - go big and get their best model possible! Put the extra $$ that a CS would have costed, and put it into a spiffed up home for your smoking arsenal!

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