help choose

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by eggie, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. eggie

    eggie Newbie

    hi, everyone, newbe looking to buy first smoker, master forge propane or mes 30, looking for one that has the least problems.
  2. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I will go for the MES 40
  3. smokinal

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

    They will both do the job, however the MES will operate at lower temps than the gasser, in case you want to make some sausage or bacon. On the other hand the Master Forge will get the temp up to 300+ for poultry, so you get crispy skin. If I had to choose one I would go with the Masterbuilt.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Smmoke vault 24"
  5. Just my humble opinion... Al is right about the MES holding lower temps than the Master Forge... but one thing you can do to the Master Forge is install a needle valve/control valve after the regulator.  Fairly cheap mod and simple too.  It really allows you to adjust the temps lower than with just the valve on the smoker itself.  It also allows for finer temp adjustments.  The Master Forge also makes a great cold smoker if you get yourself an AMNPS, but then so does the MES.  I think they're both fine units....let us know what you decide!

  6. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Sast has a great idea "install a needle valve/control valve after the regulator" on the Master Forge, and it will certainly add to the versatility.

    However, many people love the MES 30/40 when they get them.  The MES sometimes have minor glitchs but all in all, are great units.

    I have an MES 40" and love it, coupled with the AMNPS.  Great together!

    Good luck, either way you will have many great smokes to look forward to.

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