OK...I'm Confused by the MES 40!...Chef JimmyJ

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  1. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It's time to start hinting around about my Christmas Present...

    The Issue...MES 40" 20070311 verses MES 40" 20070810...Different sites have the same picture, but different model numbers with prices from $299 (20070810 at Sam's Club) to $389 (20070311 at Amazon)...

    What is the difference?

    Do both have the RF Remote?

    Do they get down to 130-170*F to do Kielbasa and other smoked sausage?

    Do both have the 1200W heating element?

    I know I need to talk to Todd cause they don't make much smoke at low temps.

    While I have your attention...The GOSM/Landmann Propane Smokers...

    Do they get down to 130*F to smoke Sausage?

    Can they be easily temp regulated to do Smoked Sausage?

    My BRAIN hurts!...Thanks for your help Guys...JJ
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Jimmy,

    They are basically the same smoker. Sam's has the best deal. It's the 1200 watt model with remote & wheels. I just bought one for just sausage & bacon. It is a perfect smoker for that if you you Todd's AMNPS. I have a Smoke Vault, which is very similar to a GOSM and have smoked some sausage in it. The problem is you have a hard time with precise temp control at low temps. The Vault is a killer smoker for poultry because it can easily get up to 325-350. You can even get it up above 400 and it recovers within a minute or so of opening the door. You may have to buy both!  [​IMG]
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here's a list of the model #'s. The difference is the 0311 is all stainless steel, not just the door. Even though it doesn't show it here the one at Sam's has the remote & wheels.

    70070107 ? door, 800  Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    71070107 SS door/no window, black body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    72070107 ? door, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070108 SS door/no window, SS body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070208 black door/no window, black body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070211 SS door/with window, black body,1200 Watt heating element,remote control,wheels/handle,with heating element access door,small wood chip tray

    20070311 SS door/with window,SS body,1200 Watt heating element,remote control,wheels/handle,with heating element access door,small wood chip tray

    20070407 SS door/no window, ? body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door,? wood chip tray

    20070408 SS door, SS body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070508 SS door/with window, black body, 800 watt heating element, no heating element access door, large wood chip tray

    20070608 ? door, 800 or 1200 Watt heating element, ? heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070707 SS door/? window, SS body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070708 ? door, 800 or 1200 Watt heating element, ? heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070710 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 watt heating element, with heating element access door, small wood chip tray

    20070807 black door/? window, back body,  800  Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20070810 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 watt heating element, with heating element access door, small wood chip tray

    20070907 ? door, 800 Watt  heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071009 SS door/with window, black body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071010 ? door, 800 or 1200 Watt heating element, ? heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071109 SS door/with window, SS body, 800 Watt heating element, no heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071110 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 Watt heating element, with heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071210 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 Watt heating element, with heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071310 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 Watt heating element, with heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071410 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 Watt heating element, with heating element access door, ? wood chip tray

    20071510 SS door/with window, black body, 1200 Watt heating element, with heating element access door, ? wood chip tray
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011
  4. tjohnson

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

    Al has it all covered!

    I own (3) MES 40's and recently added a Pellet Grill/Smoker to my herd.

    IMHO - The MES 40 is a good all around smoker

    What's cool., is you can set temp control and basically walk away

    The lowest temp you can set is 100°, but the temp will spike and then settle down

    The MES is very well insulated, and I've smoked successfully in 20° weather.

    The diff between SAM'S and Cabellas is Cabelas has an "All Stainless" exterior

    Both have the new remote controller and wheels.

    Hope This Helps!

    Todd
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Ok, This clears up a lot...Thanks...I don't think the extra $89 for all Stainless is worth it, unless you MES vets have had issues with the Black Powder Coat peeling or flaking...I'd rather send the $89 to Todd and get some Goodies!!!...What do you think?
     
  6. tjohnson

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


    I Agree 100%

    My MES 40's sit outside, but not in direct weather.  I pull them in when we're gonna have a nasty snow storm.

    When they're in the garage, the smell is wonderful!

    Todd
     
  7. Mine stays on the lanai (under the roof) next to the pool. I haven't had it all that long but no issues at all with durability, so far!!

    This thread reminded me to get the ABT stuff for tomorrow!! Shrimp boil for friends and ABTs for appetizers! I'll be using andouille made a couple of months ago in the peppers.
     
  8. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Yes a GOSM can run at them temps just put it between hi and off it acts like a needle valve.[​IMG]
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Al covered it all pretty good.

    All stainless or not, the one thing I would add would be "Don't pay more than $300 for the one that isn't all stainless".

    My all stainless one actually cost $349 from Cabela's.

    Everything else is the same on both models.

    Either one---You'll love it!

    Bear
     

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