Masterbuilt Smokers (Bear’s Thoughts & Findings)

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bearcarver, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't like to spend other people's money, but I would say a 40" is worth at least $100 more than a 30".

    I didn't like cutting rib racks in half, or Briskets, but I made 10 pounds of Bear Sticks when I had my MES 30, and could only get 7 pounds on my racks.

    And when I make Bacon, there's only so many directions I can turn the pieces to get them to fit on each rack.

    Consider that I never use the bottom rack, because it's too close to the heat source.

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  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Exactotically (New word).  4° to 8° is Awesome!!!

  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Everything on this Gen #2.5 works Great !!!

    Like I said though, I can't vouch for the Bluetooth as of yet.

    I don't really need it, but I might get something from my Son that works with it.

  4. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    That is the one, but don't buy it from Amazon as there are cheaper prices out there. Bass Pro Shops like the one  Bear tested is is $429 .... Sams has ones like Amazon has plus Sams has legs on it and it is $329.
  5. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!  THANKS SO MUCH.  I AM going to sams club which is where I found the 40" bt  for $329.  Ive looked everywhere and that was pretty cheap.  They better have it in stock like it say :)

    guess you will now find me on another forum trying to figure out how to smoke
  6. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This one appears to have only 4 racks.
  7. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

     Jill, if you can do it, it's ABSOLUTELY worth the extra $$$ IMO.  Gives you a lot more options for smoking larger hunks of meet like ribs or a brisket.  You can also put 2 butts on the same rack rather than on different racks in the 30.  I have 2 MES 30 Gen 1.  One is just for fish.  I also have the MES 40.  It's worth it in my opinion.
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  8. smokingearl

    smokingearl Meat Mopper

    thats the one i got, from sams with a stand for 329. 20070215. awesome smoker. the bluetooth works for me about 30 feet in a straight line but it suits me fine.
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  9. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    Well, Bear, yours works better than mine. My main complaint is that the MES smoker temp is off almost 30* the wrong way. To get my maverick to read 230, I have to dial in 260. That okay for low-n-slow, but for chicken it's kind of a bumbed not being able to get smoker temp of over 245.

    My temp swing is about 10 degrees each way.

    The other thing I've noticed, is that when my smoker is empty, the lest and right sides are very close. But then it's loaded, the left side is about 10 degrees cooler.

    Maybe I need a new controller?

    But I still love my MES 40 BT :yahoo:
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Definitely get the 40. 
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  11. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don't worry Jill,

    We'll be here to help you

    Here's a whole bunch of Step by Steps for smoking with an MES:

    Just click on "Bear's Step by Steps".

  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Maybe you do need a new controller.

    I don't know how long you have yours, but you paid to get a smoker that can get to 275°.

    If you have to set it to 260° to get to 230° that means set at 275° will only get you 245°.

    A 10° swing each way isn't bad, but a Max of 245° just isn't right !!

    That 10° cooler on the left only when there's meat in is not a problem with the smoker itself.

  13. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Jill make sure you get the 3 year extended warranty for $30.  Its a no brainer.
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The one I have has 6 racks, but it says "Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite" on the bottom of the Door Glass.

  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Adam!!

    And Thanks for the Point !!

    Thanks Gary!!

    I'm glad I got those changes done on this one. I know 6 years ago I was saying, "If I was one of these guys who cut & drill holes in their smokers, I'd move that top vent from the right to the left to balance the heat out." Now I know It really does work!!

    And Thanks for the Point, Gary!!

  16. krooz

    krooz Smoke Blower

    I've loved my 40"BT since I bought it. My biggest problem with temp swings was doing summer sausage when it would run up to 190 on the swing when I was trying to keep things under 180 and I was set at 170 - normally at higher temp settings it doesn't run that far past. But for my ribs, chucks tenderloins and everything thing else, the bit of swing has had negligible effect on the smoke. The BT is poor (regarding distance) but enough to reach my back office so I can follow my meat ITs without running outside. The accuracy of the meat probe vs my other probe has been close enough to be comfortable with it alone.....
  17. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    That is all you will ever need. Few if anyone ever uses 6 racks.
  18. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Mine is the same Steve ...even on sides when empty, but loaded it is 10-15 degrees cooler on the left side

    When empty, the temps of Maverick and controller are close, but when  loaded with say 4 racks of ribs in a rib rack, I have to run mine @ 250* to get 230*
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  19. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Most guys can only handle one rack at a time anyway.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I know I'll never use 6 racks at once.

    It could come in handy though if I do 2 Double Smoked Hams, because there are 6 positions of rack hangers, so I can put my perforated "Fat Drip Pan" on the top position. Then Skip one to make room for a Ham, Then another Drip Pan, Then skip another one for the second Ham.  Couldn't do that with a 4 position rack smoker.

    Plus I may use the #6 position for my AMNPS.  All kinds of options here.


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