Need help deciding on a new MES 30"

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ljb jr, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. mikecam

    mikecam Newbie

    Hold the probe side by side with a maverick and poke it in some meat. If the two temps are close while smoking something for 10 hours then the Mes is accurate. 

      Or how about the boiling water test. Everyone says to do the boiling water test on the maverick, why not the Mes?
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Boiling water is the only accurate test. IMO
    LOL---Carry my MES into the kitchen?

    Dip the whole MES in boiling water?

    Just kidding, but I have no way of keeping water boiling on my front porch, while I test a probe.

  3. mikecam

    mikecam Newbie


      Simple camp stove. 
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    No such animal here.

    When I said I had no way, I wasn't kidding.

    I thought about putting water in my MES & bringing it to boil, but to me it really isn't worth it. 

    I just use one or both of my Mavericks.

    IMO, they should have saved their money on built in useless probes, and reduce the prices by that amount.

    I've been around here helping MES owners long enough to know the built-ins aren't worth the room they take up.

    That's why everybody buys Mavericks or equivalents.

  5. mikecam

    mikecam Newbie

    Not sure how big your porch is but boil a pot on the stove with the maverick and carry it out to the Mes

    One thing I've noticed with Mes is a constant attempt at improvements. My Mes probe is within 3f, good enough for me. Only worry is longevity, looks like a real "Bear" to replace. LOL 
  6. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    If you were to suggest a maverick which one would it be? I need to get something.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I personally would pick the ET-732, because the ET-73 is weak on distance, and the ET-733 is too techy for a Dumb old Bear, and costs more.

    I started with an ET 73, but after about a year, I demoted it to full time Curing fridge duty, so it only has to read from the Dining room to the Basement. Then I got a 732. After 5 years of that, I got another 732, so I can compare heat on the right & the left in my smoker, because I would never trust a built-in. They have all served me well.

  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My comments aren't against MB. I back them as much as anyone, and have been involved in some of their improvements.

    My comments on built-in therms go to just about any built-in therm.

    And yes---They do strive to be the best for the money.

  9. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Thank you bear
  10. blueridge

    blueridge Newbie

    ok update.. FedEx dropped off a huge box and i was like what is this? then i realized oh ok Masterbuilt sent me the parts i had missing/damaged.. opened it up.. I had a full leg kit.. the front plastic  bezel for the control panel and as goodies they included a rib rack and chicken stand.. so im happy to say they got me taken care of so next weekend I am going to be changing out the parts and then smoking a brisket.. any good recipes? :) 
  11. wayoung

    wayoung Fire Starter

    Damn, I wish mine was damaged in shipping.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great !!

    I'm glad they took good care of you---Their CS keeps getting better & better!!

    All I have on Brisket is a small Flat Step by Step I did 5 years ago:

    Brisket Flat     

  13. wayoung

    wayoung Fire Starter

    So I've been finding a few issues with mine so far. The door isn't sealing, but I understand there's a way to try and fix that I just haven't done it yet. The remote keeps messing up - disconnecting, turning off the smoker and itself. I am not going out of range. I'm like ten feet away when it is doing that. Im gonna try switching batteries. I also find the right side does not cook near as fast as the left or even seem to get as much smoke flavour.

    Anyone else finding anything similar?
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    My 2.5 is about the same left & right.

    The door is easy to adjust, if that's the problem. Just look at it & you'll see how easy it is.

    If the rubber seal is bad, that's a different story.

    I use the controls on the smoker, so I can't help you with the BT remote----Some lose signal pretty close.

  15. wayoung

    wayoung Fire Starter

    Good to know the temp is not just something wrong with mine. I'm a little disappointed though in the difference. I cooked up sausages in it tonight and if I didn't have two thermometers in there I would have had some (slightly) undercooked pork.

    I only really noticed the door tonight so haven't really looked at it yet. There was leakage yesterday and Friday but I had just thought I'd dripped stuff. My remote is RF, not BT :)
  16. smokingearl

    smokingearl Meat Mopper

    It's Bluetooth, not wifi. Two totally different things. If it was wifi it would be called wifi, not Bluetooth.
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    With an RF remote, you shouldn't have cutting out from a short distance. Let me know how you make out with new batteries.

    Also if you get a chance do some testing in both right side & left side with 2 therms, and make recordings. Do this without any meat in there.

    Put the probes at the same height as each other & the same distance from the side walls & the back.  (I prefer around the 2nd rack from the top)

    Just leave them alone & record the temps every 20 or 30 minutes for a few hours.

  18. stayhot

    stayhot Smoking Fanatic

    I thought I'd call as a long shot earlier today in hopes of them still having s these and this is what I found out. I was told that all the colored units were sold to QVC but they didn't want so many and that s why Masterbuilt had them for sale. I was also told that Masterbuilt recently sold all of these to Walmart and they were no longer available. I was then put on hold and when she came back on the phone she said they still had 1 or 2 left in red so I jumped on it for $150, man what an awesome deal!! Should have it by Thursday or Friday this week. I am do glad I read thru this thread to find out about this or I would have lost out.

    Last edited: Apr 25, 2016
  19. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Mine is also Bluetooth. If I'm outside it has 150' range or so. If I'm in my house it works everywhere really good unless I'm in the very front part of the house, then it's iffy.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great !!

    I'm real glad to hear that !!![​IMG]


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