New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by parrot-head, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck.
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gee, I can't see anything going wrong with that.....good luck.....Willie
  3. I need one! OK maybe I don't.

    Happy smoken.

  4. Have they announced the price? Can't seem to find it stated anywhere on their website.

  5. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Anyone think they finally got it right?  Or will the GEN 1 continue to reign supreme for Masterbuilt
  6. mab007

    mab007 Fire Starter

    I am considering the 30".  Was going to get the GEN2.  I don't care about the bluetooth, but have some questions regarding the other features.  

    Regarding price, they basically cut out the remote they shipped with GEN2, and now make you supply your own remote, at their cost of a dollar or two for a bluetooth transmitter.  Any guesses what this will do to the price of the GEN2?  Any guesses on how much of a premium they will charge for Bluetooth?   Any feedback on what the legacy smokers think of the oval water pan, and enhanced drip tray, and enhanced wood feed tube?    The bluetooth technology, while cool, is not really a big deal.  They claim 150' range, what are GEN2 users getting in range from the MES with remotes?

    Why do you say GEN1 is best?

  7. mab007

    mab007 Fire Starter

    Just spoke with customer service, price for new 3rd GEN MES will be $329.99.  Stores should have them first week of December.
  8. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    If they wanted to redesign their smoker they should have partnered with amaze-n- products and designed it with a rack and proper vents for their pellet smoker to be included with the smoke house!
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  9. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Now some Russian hacker punks will be able to take over control of your smoker.
  10. chiefwej

    chiefwej Smoke Blower

    Based on the limited range I see with my Bluetooth speakers out by my pool, I would rather stick with their old remote. It's range isn't great but better that BT.
  11. radenmas12

    radenmas12 Newbie

  12. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Looks like Masterbuilt took the best parts of the Old Model, and repackaged them into the new box and added a Bluetooth controller

    Did they change the terrible hinges on the new model?

    Will the new model be more stable with temps or will they also run 25°+ Hot?

    Also looks like Masterbuilt added 2 extra racks.  I wonder if these will be included, or an "Extra Charge" like the new leg kit??

    The lowest rack is a PERFECT place for an AMNPS 5x8!!!

    I'll get a new model as soon as the come out for testing


    Oval Water Bowl

    Now you can boil gallons of water inside your MES again!

    The drip pan on the Gen 2 was an epic failure!

    All the heat generated by the element was trapped along the right side of the cabinet and forced up the door or backside of the cabinet

    This new design should allow for better airflow thru the smoker....Maybe!

    Enhanced Smoker Box

    looks like it has a slanted top

    Not sure why this is called "Improved"?

    The slanted top will force the heat up to the highest point of the slant, which is along the right sidewall of the cabinet

    If they really want to improve the smoker box, center it in the middle of the cabinet, so it heats the space evenly

    I'm not seeing how the new chip loader design allows for chips to be dumped into the chip pan?????

    The new chip loader looks like it's 1/2 above and 1/2 below the top of the chip pan housing

    The chip pan itself looks a bit flimsy

    Air Damper

    Now we're talkin'!

    Somebody finally realized that a hole on the side of the Gen 2 was another epic failure!

    Have you ever seen the opening for a chimney on the side?

    Maybe because heat & smoke rise out the TOP of the chimney, creating a draft, so intake air can be drawn into the firebox

    Looks like Masterbuilt moved the exhaust to the left side, hoping to reduce the hot spots inside the cabinet.

    Last edited: Nov 16, 2014
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So far I like what I see.

    I haven't seen much yet, but they turned some of the suggestions I gave them into reality.

    It's easy to see they're trying to make up for the Gen #2 & it's problems.

    I told them to get rid of the left "side" vent & move it to the top left, opposite where the Gen #1 vent is.  They did.

    I told them to turn the interior into something close to the interior of the Gen #1, and get rid of that stupid long slanted drip plate that traps heat on the right side. They Did.

    I told them to keep it hinged left like the Gen #2, instead of hinged right like the Gen #1. They Did.

    I told them to go back to the digital controls being in an easy to replace box like the Gen #1. I can't really tell by the pics how easy it is to replace, but if it doesn't have problems like the Gen #2 had, it may not need replacing.

    So I wouldn't be so quick to condemn it. It could be even better than the Gen #1.  We'll see!!

    Just my 2 cents.

  14. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'll purchase the new MES as soon as it's available

    I'm hoping they fixed the controller

    Wonder if Masterbuilt will stop producing the Gen 2??

  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would think they would quit the Gen #2, if the "2.5" is a Great success.

    Just my guess though, as I didn't ask.

  16. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If Masterbuilt was smart they will have thoroughly tested a sampling of these new units over the summer to ensure a quality product that works as designed right from the get go through several dozen smokes rather than wait for customer praise or condemnation. No product be it a smoker or an automobile or anything else should require a mod or an add on to perform its basic function satisfactorily. Let's see what happens. A step up from the Gen 1 or a step back from the Gen 2.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2014
  17. gathumper

    gathumper Newbie

    New guy from Georgia here. Landed on this site when I decided I was going to get an electric smoker to compliment my 22" Weber Smokey Mountain.

    I've pretty well decided to go big or go home, (same as I did with the Weber) and get a 40", and I'm pretty sure it will be a Masterbuilt. Googled around (that's how I ended up here) and looked over their web site, they're in GA, I'm in GA, we have the same values, so now just which one to buy.

    Almost made an impulse buy of a Gen2 40" available at $299 from several sellers. Then I saw they had some issues and almost jumped on a Gen1 that is also available at the same price.

    Then I found out about the new 2015 "Bluetooth" models, and I'm leaning toward paying the extra $100 or so and get the latest and greatest. Bluetooth is not really a selling point for me, but I'm a techie and maybe running it from the iPad will be nice. The main thing that is pushing me in this direction is the improvements mentioned by BearCarver.

    So, all that to say this...  I called Masterbuilt this afternoon to see what's up with the new smokers and they told me that Bass Pro should have theirs today, Sams Club should have them on 12/20, and everyone else after the first of the year. Just called Bass Pro and they have them in the computer, but none on the floor yet. They said the price would be $429 for the 40". I'm waiting to see Sam's Club pricing, but hope to have one soon!
  18. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I sure hope they go back to stainless steel inside!

    My Gen2 is completely rusted

    The inside of the Gen2 is "Aluminized Steel"
  19. gathumper

    gathumper Newbie

    NOT going back to stainless steel interior. They will be the same as the Gen2.

    Now you got me thinking about getting Gen1....

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