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. jbfromtennessee

    jbfromtennessee Fire Starter

    first of all what i do will probably void your warranty. but here goes. got mind from amazon for 175, i think, freight free about a month or so ago.  i have been very successful with my ribs, boston butts and chicken.  very good and very close to what i am use to down here in bar-b-q land. i personally like a lot of smoke although most say it is not needed. on the initial start up i will pull the chip tray from inside and put one chunk of hickory, two chunks of charcoal and sprinkle hickory chips over them and slide it back in. from that time on every time i add chips i will bust up a a chunk of charcoal and add  to it.  my kids were brought up on bar-b-q and now call me wanting to know when the next smoke is gonna be. as a disclaimer i don't recommend this method and if i cause any damage with my unit i will be up front with MES and not make any warranty claim on the failed part.    
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014
  2. bigtimtx

    bigtimtx Smoke Blower

    Hey Mnettsman...

    I your MES is less than a year old, Masterbuilt will repair/replace pretty much anything. Once you're past a year, it's a different story, although I have heard of them replacing some things outside of a year. Contact Masterbuilt customer service...I'm sure they'll be happy to help you out.
  3. grethomory

    grethomory Newbie ribs turned out fine.  I learned the key is no time, but temperature.
  4. kanewtz

    kanewtz Newbie

  5. paulh1966

    paulh1966 Smoke Blower

    I just got an MES30 Gen1 , the book that comes with it says its only warrantied for 90 days.
  6. rickyldd

    rickyldd Newbie

    My 30" MES quit on me the last time I used it. I took the back cover off and found some burnt wires. I cut off the end connector and replaced it. The "blade" on the end of the burner looks thin but it works (for a while anyway). I thought I purchased mine after the "fixes" ...guess not. I can see a new burner purchase in my future.
  7. domapoi

    domapoi Smoke Blower

    I would suggest a stand either one made by MasterBuilt or one you make/find yourself. A lot easier than bending over a lot (especially when your hands are full of meat trays etc. etc. )
  8. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    Nice to meet you. Every village needs an idiot and it looks like we found ours. Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
  9. smokesontuesday

    smokesontuesday Smoking Fanatic

    The Masterbuilt table that is made for the 30 is about the best money you can spend for it, especially if you can stumble across a combo deal like I did which made the table basically free. If nothing else it saves your back when you're trying to load those heavy trays of meat into the smoker. You can always just set it up on a table or something I guess but the table is pretty sharp looking and fits the smoker perfectly.

    The Cold Smoke attachment is a very close second, although I don't use it for cold smoking since I got an AMNS. It's really nice to maintain longer smokes (ups the smoke time from an hour or so to six hours or so).

    I'd also recommend, like just about everyone else, getting an AMNS. It's a handy little thing to have if you want to cold smoke or just don't want to mess with the chip tray at all.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014
  10. I have a '40'  and I love it
  11. Hey guys, hello from Lakeland FL. I love my MES 30. It is new and I just purchased it at Bass Pro. I have been really reading a lot about the art of smoking and did my 1st smoke 3 days ago. skinless chick thighs wrapped in bacon. I used a couple of different recipes I had found. I soaked thighs in buttermilk about 6 hrs and then seasoned with sea salt and a rub I found call Simon and Garfunkel. They turned out great. I filled the top shelf with Hebrew National Dogs and everything went smooth. I cranked up the heat initially to 275 to account for the door being open to load all if it then when the oven thermo I had inside that I could see through the window read 240 I turned temp down to 240 and let I go for apprx. 2 1/2 hrs till thighs read 245 on my instant read thermo. They had good smoke flavor and were not dry at all. The dogs were also smoky tasting and great. The only thing is, while eating all of the good grub I remembered I had never filled the water pan. If I had not read the forum I would not have had such good results as the temp gauge and meat probe were off. Thank everyone for sharing your knowledge...Tim
  12. Love my MES. I have a 40" SS no window 12000w from Lowe's. Got my a month a go. Never smoked before.
  13. I've had one for 2 months. On my 4th smoke with it and it stopped working. Shorts the GFI. I tried different circuits and it does the same thing. Bummed big time. Wiring etc all looks like brand new (cause it is!)
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Extension cord??

    If not, Give Masterbuilt a call.

    They'll help you out.

  15. Just picked up a 30 yesterday at Lowes. Also ordered a 5 x 8 AMNS for it...can't wat to use it.

  16. I got with MB. They said something is going on with the body. I had to cut the cord off and send it along with the serial plates on the back to them and they'll send new body.

    I got mine at Lowes as well. Model 20071514.
  17. mark66

    mark66 Fire Starter

    Mine was about 1 1/5 yrs old. Puchased at Home Depot. Had no receipt for the purchase and Masterbuilt sent me new parts twice and third time they sent me a new electric smoker. Original was dual fuel (JUNK BAD DESIGN  on burner system)
  18. lanshark42

    lanshark42 Fire Starter

    I'd like to hear more about this table.  Anyone know where I can get one.  I searched the Website and Googled it and can't find it anywhere.  I've been thinking I need to build something to raise my MES30 up off the ground.  
  19. bearcat

    bearcat Newbie

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  20. Had my MES 30 analog since December now, use it a lot and love it! Only problem is now that it's broke in I am running through chips every 30-4 minutes.. as they are turning into black charcoal.   Bought an AMNPS few weeks ago and been meaning to fix it.  The the pin holding my door latch broke the other night (which is very simple fix).  But that gives me an excuse to pull the trigger & find some bits to drill holes for more air + mailbox mod, while it's already out of commission... I may also get some sealant for around the door, lots of smoke flows out of it when it actually does smoke.  

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