which one?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by sputnam, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. sputnam

    sputnam Newbie

    I need an electric smoker for about $200. Evidently there are a thousand models (well, hundreds in that price range). I was recommended an MES gen 2 but that was $275....was hoping to get closer to $200...and not have a POS. Any other suggestions?
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    You should be able to find a gen1 MES (controller on rear part of the top panel) online for $200 or less without the window. That would be your best bet. 
  3. walta

    walta Smoke Blower

    This MES gen 1 is in your budget.


  4. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Got my MES 40 BT for $285 all in at Cabelas. 
  5. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I also agree with buying the MES 30 Gen 1. It's the best electric smoker you can buy for under $200. I've had mine for over three years and it's working great. I smoke with wood pellets instead of wood chips.
  6. sm0kin

    sm0kin Fire Starter

    MES Gen 1, Just bought one today for my brother Model 20070910 from Walmart.com for $229 with tax and 4 year replacement warranty. I have 2 myself :)
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't know of anyone that would recomment a Gen 2...The Gen1 or the new BT (Gen1 with updated electronics) are the units with the least problems...JJ
  8. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How much did that warranty cost? $229 is very high for this smoker. I paid $189 with free shipping 3.5 years ago and that price was high at that time. You can still find this smoker on Amazon for between $139-189.
  9. sm0kin

    sm0kin Fire Starter

    189 for smoker, 24 for 4 year replacement warranty, plus tax. 

    $222.64 total

    I paid less for mine, but they are still popular and seem to fluctuate in price. If Walmart sells it for less, I get a refund on difference.
  10. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the clarification. I'm hoping that if I continue to take moderately good care of my MES 30 it'll last past next year. I think of all the guys who regularly post here @Bearcarver and @Chef JimmyJ know the most about the longevity of the MES Gen 1 smokers.

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