New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

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



  1. Bought the Bluetooth 40" last week at Sam's.  Needed a cover.  Went to Lowes and found a cover for a Char-Broil two-burner grill.  Box shows  "4-season protection".  Model # is:4597. Cost about $25. I turned it sideways for a better fit and it covers everything down to the cross supports on the legs. It just rained for about 12 hours; went out took cover off and smoker was bone dry.  Tried to upload photos, I will keep trying.
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2015
  2. craig4699

    craig4699 Newbie

    In my procrastination to place an order for either the Gen 1 or Gen 2.5 on Amazon I went to do it now and the price of both has gone way up.  Guess I'll just wait and see if they go back down for now.  Back to my cheap-O charbroil vertical water smoker for now.



     
  3. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just wait it out. AMZ is a customer of mine. Their prices change often.  Chances are after July 4th they will have all BBQ and patio items on clearance. 
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---Like Brian said---Wait awhile & keep an eye on it. MES prices are like roller coasters.

    Bear
     
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I'm still bummed the Cabelas one has gone up by $50.  Hoping to get mine this weekend.
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cabbalas seems to vary in price a lot too.

    When I bought my MES 40 all SS, 5 years ago It was $399. Then a week or two later they had them on sale for $349. I called them & they rebated me the $50.

    If you have a Cabelas Credit card, they send Discount cards to you, like $30 off if you buy this much, and $50 off if you buy that much.

    Cabelas Visa is the only personal Credit card I have.

    Bear
     
  7. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    One thing you can practically count on with MES prices on Amazon: they will go down and then go back up. It's a veritable roller coaster. You might also check sites like Cabela's and Bass Pro but be careful about considering their store-branded models. Sometimes they're identical to the regular MES models, sometimes they offer extra features. Just make sure if you consider a MES 40 model that it has a 1200 watt heating element, not the 800 watt.
     
  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    None of the 40s have a 800W element.  That was a Cabelas typo. 
     
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm not talking about Cabela's. I saw an old Sam's Club had the same typo on its listing for a MES 40 Model # 20070211 from 3 years ago. The first reviewer wrote: "I own one of the original MES 40" units purchased from Sams in 2009. This unit is only 800 watts instead of 1200 watts like the newer units.  Like i said mine is 3 years old and when i wear it out ,i will purchase another one."

    Yes, he's talking about a much older MES 40 (when I first read it I mistakenly thought he was talking about the 20070211) but in those old, dark days the MES 30 only had a 650 watt heating element which is why the 40-inch had the 800 watt heating element.
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here ya go guys----If anybody wants to see a list from the "Old Days", here's one a good friend of mine "Texacajun" compiled awhile back that shows what the old Models had in them, including the MES 30 units with 650 Watts, and the MES 40 units that had 800 Watts. Those are the ones Rick is talking about, I believe:

    MES Model Numbers:

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/99348/all-mes-model-numbers

    Bear
     
  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's exactly what I was talking about, Bear. If I had the initiative that Texacajun had, I would redo the list and add the years each model was introduced. I think that's an important missing detail. It would show when the major upgrades and improvements were made.

    It would especially come in handy for those models where your friend was unsure if the heating elements were 650 or 800 watts for the 30s and 800 or 1200 watts for the 40s.
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2015
  12. Anybody have any experience adjusting temp up or down during a smoke with the MES 40? I can't seem to make it happen.

    Thanks,

    Five String
     
  13. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    You are right about Amazon's prices going down, up, down, etc. They were advertizing the new 40" Bluetooth MES for a week or more for $369. Yesterday, it was $468. I haven't checked today yet.
     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Check your new PM.

    Bear
     
  15. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Five, what do you mean?  I assume one could just use the LCD panel on the fly no?  What problem did you run into?
     
  16. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I don't know about the other models but on the gen2 it is designed to set once and let it go. If you need to adjust the temp you have to reset the time as well so the unit thinks you are starting over.
     
  17. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Ah weird?  Surely you should have the option to do both?  May be a design flaw.  Did you try the remote app?  I think you can change it on the fly no?
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's interesting.

    With my Gen #1, I set my time at 20 hours when I start, and never have to change that.

    Yet sometimes I might change my temp setting 6 to 10 times during a smoke.

    However Five String PM'd me last night with his problem.

    I told him how I change the temp on mine, but he said when he pushes the temp he gets weird readings instead.

    So I told him to unplug it for a minute---Then plug it back in & start over, and see if that fixes it.

    I had to leave the forum, so I didn't hear if it helped him.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015
  19. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    The control panel on the gen2 is set to where you do the temp then hours then minutes. On mine, once you have set that once and have it going you have to do all three again to get the temp to actually change. It really isn't a big deal. I don't use the remote anymore because I go by the Maverick for temps so when I need to change it I just walk back to the smoker, mash a few buttons, and we are good to go. 
     
  20. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Same price today: $467.94.
     

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