Thinking about a new smoker...

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by wbrian, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Hi All!

    Currently I have the Brinkmann vertical square charcoal Smoker and enjoy using it.  But it's tough to maintain temps on a ling smoke.  I have a surgery coming up in the next week or so (17th) that will limit my mobility a lot.  So an electric smoker is coming to mind...  I'm looking at the MES 40 at Sam's.  Couple questions though;  How (in)accurate are the thermometer and the meat probe?  How tightly does the door seal?  (Is there room to run my own digital thermometer wires in an out?  What does the remote actually do/monitor?

    Lastly, anyone in Virginia Beach have a Sam's Club membership and want to take a ride?  i don't have a membership... [​IMG]

    Thanks!

    Brian
     
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    MES 40 at Sam's is an excellent choice.
     
  4. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Thanks Bear!

    Sounds like just what the Doctor ordered...

    Later,

    B.
     
  5. Just like Bear, and SmokinAl said: MES 40 is a great smoker.

    Easy to use, handles plenty of food, and smokes great. With the

    addition of an AMNPS it makes a great cold smoker also.

    JMO though.

    Happy Smokin' and best of luck.

    Mike
     
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Brian I have done a ton of research on Propane and Electric Smokers...I am definately going with MES 40 from Sam's...If you don't get anyone to take you to Sam's you can still order on line without a Membership ($100/yr)...They will add a 10% non-member fee...so for $30 more, It's all yours!...JJ
     
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I don't know if they still do it,but sams used to let you have a free 1 day membership just by going to the customer service desk and asking.
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Hey it worth checking into for the free membership. But then if you get a new smoker then you will need more meat and they sometimes have good deals on meat. Not all Sam's have good meat thou so go look if they will let you. We have 5-6 Sam's in our town and I would only buy meat in 2 of them .
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  9. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Got it home a few hours ago!  I had a friend on Facebook who has a membership and was up for a shopping trip...

    Now I owe them a rib dinner!  (I picked up the ribs while I was there too!)  I found a bunch of walmart gift cards that were partially used, saved another 35 bucks from them!

    Now to see how much "putting together" there'll be...

    Any suggestions on seasoning it?  Here's what I've read here about seasoning:  Basically, wash out with soapy water and dry it out.  Spray with pam type spray and heat it up to 275 degrees for 2 hours, then add wood chips for an hour.  Sound about right?

    Thanks again!

    Brian
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  10. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I think you should skip the soapy water and just run it hot for a few hours with some smoke after the first hour or so. Just my opinion.
     
  11. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Sounds good.  (It's what the directions actually say, too!)

    I just ordered my AMNPS too!  Can't wait to get this thing smokin!

    Later,

    B.
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---What Teez said----I always avoid soap & water in my MES.

    Bear
     
  13. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Well, I skipped the soap as suggested.  Finished breaking it in last night around midnight.  Too much to do today, so looks like Ribs on Saturday! 

    It was surprisingly tough to get the controller connected on top when assembling it.  Do you all really take it off and bring it inside after each smoke?  I had trouble getting the wires to seat into the cavity under the controller.  Any tips?

    Now to find a cover for this bad boy...

    Thanks again!

    Brian
     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I never remove my controller, and have never had a problem with humidity.

    However, mine is always on my front porch, under roof, and I always put the cover on it after each use.

    Bear
     
  15. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats on the smoker!! Looking forward to seeing them ribs.
     

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