Hey, Guys...I need some help here.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jimpeterson, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. jimpeterson

    jimpeterson Newbie

    I'd like to ask you guys for your opinion on which 30" MES you would buy:

    I can buy a 30" analog Masterbuilt for 150 bucks. 547 cu/in inside.

    I can buy a 30" digital for 170 bucks. 640 cu/in inside.

    Which one is the better deal? What's the skinny on analog vs digital? I remember reading where the guy preferred one over the other, but I am handicapped with CRS, and can't remember what it was all about.

    I don't do any heavy smoking, just a chicken or a roast now and then.

    Thanks for any help,

  2. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I personally own the digital MES30. I recently bought my father-in-law the analog MES30 when I saw it at Bass Pro. I originally wanted to get him the digital but it wasn't priced as well as the analog was at Bass Pro and I was in the Chicago suburbs where selection of electric smokers was limited.

    I smoked several meals on the analog while I was out there to help him get the hang of smoking. I did bacon wrapped cordon bleu, pork spare ribs, cowgirl's beer bread, ABT's and a few fatties. Everything was a hit. My only complaint was that the analog has 3 racks compared to my digital which has 4. Then again I rarely use all 4 racks at once anyways. Also the water pan on the analog is much smaller than my digital. This leaves the heat element somewhat exposed to drippings but I had no problems or flare ups.

    Hope this helps you. Any other questions feel free to ask.
  3. smokinal

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

    There you go a side by side comparison.

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