New to electric...need advice.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by njlungbuster, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

    Couple Masterbuilt Electric smokers are on sale for father's day on Amazon and I've been thinking about getting one but wanted options first so I don't waste money. I know they get good marks on Amazon but I wanted to get opinions from the true pros:thumbup:. Obviously there is a price difference between them as well but I want to know if one is better than the other. Here they are. Thanks.

    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The gen 1 40" is a good choice... 2nd, gen 1 30"....
  4. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

    Academy is doing a little bait and switch! The flyer is for the 40" which is a great price. Then you click on "buy now" and it's a 30". I'd be on it if out was the 40". Thanks though.
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  7. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

    Don't know why I was having issues earlier. Either way. Thanks
  8. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

  9. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

  10. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Yes! Just look at Bear's Step by Steps and see a world of possibilities!  

    Probably the only mod. I would suggest would be to get an Amazin smoke generator!
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2015
  11. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    Don't forget, you can't trust the monitor on any of the MES smokers.  They're going to be off.  Invest in a good Maverick digital monitor from
  12. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

    I've already got a maverick dual probe and I love it. Thanks!
  13. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

    Let me ask you guys this. Is it worth it to get a Bradley smoker instead of an MES?
  14. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I have the MES 30" 20070910 & really like it.

  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't know if they made changes since, but the last I heard was they were underpowered & their Smoking Pucks cost a small fortune.

    This however is just from reading the complaints, but that was why I didn't get one 6 years ago, instead of my MES.

  16. njlungbuster

    njlungbuster Fire Starter

    That's perfect. Thanks for the info. Are you the "bear" that does the mods mentioned above?
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't have much in the way of Mods, because my MES 40 Gen #1 doesn't need much help.

    All I have in mine is my AMNPS, my heat deflector, and my bug preventer on my top vent.

    I do have a Step by Step Index that makes things easy for Newbies:

    Just click on "Bear's Step by Steps".

  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Whats your budget?  I really like my MES 40 BT at $285. 

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