How Many Mes Owners Here?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ronp, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. 30'

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  2. 40'

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  3. 40' with window

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  4. 40' 800 watt

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  5. 40' 1200 watt

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  6. I like it a lot

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  7. I wish I had something else and why

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  8. Where did you buy it?

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  9. Sams Club

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  10. Other please list where in a post

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  1. thehermit

    thehermit Newbie

    I bought a 30" MES August 2014 and had very good success. Heck every chance I had I would put something in the smoker. Just before I bought this unit my youngest son moved out on his own, so I would make up a bunch of ribs and made sure he received more than his share. He really loved them and I could just see it in his eyes he wanted one but just couldn't swing the cash.

    All of us try and help our kids out as much as possible and I am no different. After about 8 months I decided I wanted to give my 30' to my son but it meant I would have to buy a new one. I bought a new 40' with the glass door, stainless with the remote and I am one happy person with it. My son made out really well as I took very good care of the 30' all he had to do was start using it. Did I mention I also gave him a bag of apple, cherry, peach and alder wood chips and a shaker for rubs. He loves it and has already made a few racks of ribs and some smoked salmon. Bought both smokers from Amazon, have a prime account shipping was free.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2014
  2. domapoi

    domapoi Smoke Blower

    I love the support you give your son, even if you did have to travel into the future to do it. I am amazed that you are writing us this 4 months in advance of actually buying the 30" and the fact that you have even traveled another 8 months into the future from there to give it to him a year from now (August 2014 is about 4 months from now and if you add another 8 months from that time it will be about April 2015, which is a whole year into the future). I don't know where you live, but if I travel there, can you take me into the past so that I can prevent myself from getting married?

    LOL,. just giving you a hard time with a simple mistaken typo there. Seriously though, I love the support you have given your son, I would have done the same thing with mine but he beat me to it as far as getting his own smoker but I did do the other by buying him all kinds of flavored wood chips and rubs. He is always smoking something for the group of friends he moved in with and wows them every time (but then he learned all he knows from me even though what I know is miniscule compared to what knowledge you will find on this site). Next thing you need to get him is an AMNS or an AMNPS. I love buying large amounts of cheese or nuts or some spices and using my AMNS to do a cold smoke on them. Home smoked cheese is one of the best IMOHO (In My Own Humble Opinion).
  3. lama1

    lama1 Newbie

    Gander Mountaun currently is selling 30" electric, model #20070910 for sale price of $159.99. They gave me a additional $70.00 rebate. The rebate has to be mailed to Masterbuilt to receive the $70.00. Bottom line is what I hope will be a great smoker for under $100 bucks. At that price I can afford a new thermometer, plenty of wood chips, a couple of butts, a rack of ribs, or two and a six pack. Sale in my area (Elyria Ohio) is good through Sunday. If you're in the market I don't think you can beat it.
  4. bhelton

    bhelton Smoke Blower

    I love my MES 30, my only wish is that I could get a smoke ring on my ribs and pork.
  5. air force dad

    air force dad Newbie

    I am trying my very first smoke tomorrow on a new Gen1 MES30 digital with glass door and remote on some Scarbelly Wings! I bought an AMNPS from Todd and some pellets as well. I plan to preheat unit to 275 and looking at a 2 hour smoke. What do you guys think? Where I live, it will be hot and humid after we (a good friend of mine) get back from a few hours of fishing in the morning. I injected and have them marinating until tomorrow. What say you MES gurus? I need a little luck and all the help I can get (or vice versa). Thanks guys.
  6. When I smoke wings in my MES 30 gen2 all I do is set it for 235 and smoke for 1 1/2 hours, anything more and they dry out.

    Last batch I did for the wife was 10 LBS of wings with apple wood.
  7. Any one using the John McLemore Signature Series  30' MES ,,,, My chip feeder is melting around the handle and where the door seals giving off toxic smoke I would assume. Is this normal ??  
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2014
  8. Here is a pic ,,, this Mes also has about 30 hrs of smoking on it so its well seasoned 
  9. alktlk

    alktlk Newbie

    Bought mine at cabela's a year ago. Love it so far. Only smoked in it 3 times. But no problems so far. It's a camping favorite.
  10. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Umm, no. That is not normal. My MES30 doesn't have any plastic or rubber on the chip feeder, and no toxic smoke from the door seal. Have you checked with a good temp probe just how hot yours is getting? You might have a defective unit that is running way too hot.
  11. I am currently the owner of 2 40" MES's. One is second Gen, the other is first gen. Both with stainless, window, and remote.

    One purchased from Amazon, one fron QVC.

    I've also had 2: 30" MES's. I wore one out, and sold the other to get my second 40". I love these things.

    I will share an interesting experience I had a couple of years back. I met a fellow smoker who was entering a BBQ contest. He was competing in the brisket comp. I decided to bring some brisket that I had just done, to seek his opinion.

    I found him at the competition, with his partner. While John and I were chatting, I gave the sample to his partner. When John discovered that I was using an electrics smoker, he actually turned away and stopped talking to me, calling me a cheat.

    His partner laughed, and told john that my brisket was better than his, so, cheater or not, I (me) seemed to know what I was doing.

    That was the last time I spoke to john, of course. I still visit competitions, but just to see how good my results are compared to theirs. There is one guy here in Vancouver whose product is consistently fantastic! He's won Lots of competitions in the Northwest, and he deserves to win.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    My exact first thoughts. You need to check your smoker temp with an accurate therm.

    Last edited: Jun 22, 2014
  13. magicland

    magicland Newbie

    Morton's Tender Quick.
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A Smoke Ring is all show, and not important enough to use cures to get it. IMHO

  15. kingmac

    kingmac Newbie

    I have had my MES for over a year.  And i like it very much. The problem I had initially is that it is not very high off the ground. And it does not have wheels. I solved the height problem by standing it on four cinder blocks. Works great. I have smoked chiken, pork, beef in it, yet to try fish and other seafood like scallops or shrimp.  I got mine from QVC or maybe HSN, don't remember but one of those.
  16. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    X2 ↑
    Adding a chemical (nitrates or nitrites) to add color to food to say you have a smoke ring?
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hi King,

    Here's a couple Fish Step by Steps that might give you some tips:


    Smoked Salmon      


    Smoked Brook Trout & Tilapia

  18. kingmac

    kingmac Newbie

    Thanks Bear. I'll give those two posts a try.
  19. tlindholtz

    tlindholtz Newbie

    I got a Gen 2 30" for Fathers Day.  So far, I like it okay.  It does a good job but I think once I get used to it it'll do better.  I've used it twice -- brats the first time, a double turkey breast the second time.  Both came out good.  But I'm discovering the draft is a little slow and I need to leave the chip dumper partially out to get better airflow.  Otherwise the chips just turn black.  Mine has a built in meat thermometer.  I know it's a bit off so I'm still working on calibrating it and I may wind up getting an ancillary one.
  20. To get better draft on the chip tray, I do the following:

    Load the chip loader only 1/2 full, then when dumping the chips leave the chip loader in the dumped position, don't turn it back after dumping the chips. If you look closely you will see the 3 holes in the chip loader and the 3 holes provides draft right on the chip tray if you don't roll it back.

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