What smoker would you get if you had about $500?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by thoseguys26, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    I've been saving up for a smoker and managed about $500 over some time.

    I've read and researched and read some more trying to figure out what brand to get. I've even considered building a wood box smoker or fridge smoker.

    The MES or Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 40 seems to be a popular choice. I was looking at the newer model with the window, $420ish.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

  2. tjohnson

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

    Do you have a Sams Club in the area?

    The MES 40 is $299 at SAMS

  3. smokinal

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

    Yep, Same smoker only $299. You can order it online if you belong to Sam's & the shipping is only $10.
  4. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks Todd, that's a lot cheaper. I used to have a card but they closed their store by me (another one is maybe 15 min away) so I got a costco membership instead. I went online and it looks like I can renew my membership for only $35 so that is still a lot cheaper then anywhere else.

    You think this is one of the better smokers out there for the price? Thanks

    I just ordered the amns and some dust from you.
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    With the MES and the AMNS you are going to be putting out some fine food in no time 
  6. whittling chip

    whittling chip Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    You've seemed to do your homework. Good luck! Since you ordered from Todd before, why not check into the ET-732 dual probe sensor. He could probably ship that with your amns and dust.

    With the money you saved on the price of the unit the digital thermometer is free!

    Good luck and make sure to post some pics!
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm happy with my MES40 so far...After burning Charcoal and Chunks for 20 years, I got to say, " It don't get no easier than this MES! "...JJ
  8. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the reminder, I just emailed him to add the Maverick

    I put everything in the shopping carts and made a smoked summer sausage sandwich from my last smoke and after one beautiful bite of SS happiness, I checked out knowing I made the right decision. SS sandy's for life..

    Thanks for the quick help and nudging everyone..

    Any symbol or colors for the MES 40 AMNS gang? Cause I just joined
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012
  9. Smokin-it smoker     www.smokin-it.com  I have the model1 and love it they also have 2 bigger models
  10. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Those look nice. I ended up going sams club, MES 40. It's supposed to arrive today!!!!!!!
  11. tjohnson

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

    I've heard that Cabelas will match the SAMS Club price

    A few guys were able to convince the store manager

  12. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    That's good to know....the only MES I have seen at Cabelas around here had the stainless sides and painted sides from Sams...That Smokin-it looks nice but I would still get the amnps for it.  I'm spoiled with how easy it makes long smokes.
  13. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    I can't wait to try the amns. I guess I should have done some research on the pellets vs the dust model.
  14. They are nice I have the model 1 which is big enough for the wife and I......Happy Smokin'!!

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