Question about MES 30

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jraiona, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. I'm wanting to purchase an MES 30 but am unsure if it is better with the window or without. What are your thoughts? I also am going to get the Amaze N smoker tray and read somewhere that the AMPS smoker doesn't work with the model with the window. What are your opinions and experiences?
     
  2. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    I really don't see the need for a window in any smoker. All you should see is smoke if you look in. A good reliable thermometer both for oven temp. and internal food is more important. I would suggest you check posts on this site and buy the model that the other MB users say is the most reliable!
     
  3. That was kind of my thought, I didn't really see the need for the window. From what I've read this far the majority of the MES owners seem to have the windowless model.
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have the MES40 with window, I like that I can see what is going on with my cooking. Window cleans easy with white vinegar.

    The gen 1 is the better unit the gen 2s have a lot of issues.
     
  5. I have the 1st generation MES40 with a window. When I am smoking cheese I smoke to the color I like. That is about the only time I can say the window is better but it never hurts. I can see something other than smoke.


    Happy smoken.

    David
     
  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have both the 30 and 40. My 40 has the window and is a pain in the **s to clean. Go with one without a window. remember,,,"if you're looking you're not cookin".
     
  7. Which one is the first generation?
     
  8. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Gen #1 controls are on the back
     
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bought the basic black MES 30 model #20070910, which doesn't have the window or a remote and I don't miss either one. I've got a window in my kitchen oven door which gets so dirty you can't see through it clearly because we don't clean it all the time since it's a hassle to clean when we do. Because of that experience I chose not to get a windowed MES model both because I didn't need one AND it was cheaper.
     

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