Need help deciding on a new MES 30"

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ljb jr, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. First I'd like to say hello to everyone and say thank you for the opportunity to learn from you all and this awesome forum.

    Could you help me make a decision on purchasing a new 30" MES?

    I'd like to stick to a budget of around $225. My main concern is getting a inferior (generation 2) unit that has been discussed many times on this fine forum. As you are all aware, there are so many 30" MES model numbers and vendors it can very confusing to a inexperienced Masterbuilt consumer.

    I've found two models that I'd like to get feedback on, if you'd be so kind.

    1) Home Depot $177 + tax

    Model # 20070910

    Solid Black door

    rectangular controller on top rear

    large oval water pan

    Vent is located at top right

    I'm uncertain if the heating element and the surrounding box has some of the problems that have been reported concerning chips not smoking properly. Also, I believe the vent location (top right) may cause some issues with causing uneven heating.

    2) Lowes $224 +tax

    Model #: 20077915  (JMSS series)

    SS front door with glass

    Controller built into top front

    Small water pan with slanted drip tray- Is it possible to correct this issue by removing the slanted drip tray and have Masterbuilt send me a full size water pan?

    Vent located at top left

    RF remote control

    Meat probe

    Grease trap located at the front rather than the rear like some of the older models.

    I'm uncertain if this would be considered a generation 2 or 2.5.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated on what model would be a better choice for me. I'd rather not spend the money on a new unit and need to make mods. This is the reason I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new unit. If the two models listed above are not good choices please feel free to make any recommendations.

    Thanks in advance,

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2016
  2. cobrasjp

    cobrasjp Newbie

    I just bought a 30" MES direct from Masterbuilt. Paid $162 plus $28 shipping. It's version 2.5 but came with an RF remote instead of Bluetooth, which I think is better. It is all black, has glass in door, and stainless intererior. Even came with the leg kit and a cover.

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  3. That's good info, thank you very much Cobra! I'll go to the Masterbuilt website to check it out.

  4. cobrasjp

    cobrasjp Newbie

    I didn't find it on the website.  I called Masterbuilt to ask about their different models and what the difference was.  The customer service rep told me they have a special deal because they had a lot of units in their warehouse that they produced for a special promotion that didn't work out.  That's how I found out about it.  The model number for my black unit is 20076916, which means it was manufactured in 2016.  So it has all the latest updates.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If the unit Cobra listed is not available, consider Model # 20070411. It is all Stainless Steel, inside and out, with the RF controller. It has the large Oval pan, grease catch in the back and has the stack on the right. It is the up grade design from the 0910 and along with the 0311 40 inch, was the most sought after Gen1 prior to the BT model. I have two 0311 40's and the right stack has not been an issue. I have had them loaded many times and did not find meat on the right side cooking faster than the left...JJ
  6. cobrasjp

    cobrasjp Newbie

    I bought mine on in late February, Called back several weeks later to order two more for my brothers-in-law.  At that time, Tiffany Cochran at Masterbuilt said they had very many of them in their warehouse, so there should still be some available.  She also sent me pictures with the model numbers as shown below.

    Model 20076716

    Model 20076916

    Model 20076816

    Model 20077116
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  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If it has to be an MES 30:

    If you can get any one of these that Cobra posted for the money you want to spend, I would get that.

    It's got the full water pan, instead of the useless slanted drip plate.

    The top vent is on the top on the left.

    And it has an RF remote, instead of the Bluetooth.

    Also has a window in the door, which I would never do without again.

    Here's more:

    Last edited: Apr 7, 2016
  8. First off let me start by saying thank you very much to Cobra, Chef Jimmy and Bear! You guys are awesome. I've been looking at these smokers for a few weeks trying to decide on a model. You were able to make a suggestion in just a few hours after my posting.

    I just got off of the phone with a very helpful young lady at Masterbuilt (Heidi) who took my order for the 30" MES model 20076916. $168 plus tax (I'm in GA) and shipping, for a total of $203.74. It should arrive in a few days by FedEx.

    I'll update you guys after receiving it and let you know how it goes.

    I can't thank you enough,

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great, LB !!

    You'll love it !!

    Georgia?? Masterbuit's right down the road from you.

  10. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    QVC had these 30" 2.5 interior with RF controller and color door with window last year at $275.00 with $43.00 S/H. This is a great deal through Masterbuilt if you don't want the 40". I prefer the rf controller over the buggy BT. Tiffany Cochran at Masterbuilt did a great job with my case last June and sent me a free leg extension kit for my troubles.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2016
  11. Yes sir, they sure are. I should receive it fairly quickly since we're so close.

    Thanks to you for all of the great advise you've offered on this forum and for the many recipes.

  12. Yes sir, it sure is a great deal.

    They are the same model as QVC was selling. Maybe they overproduced, or it didn't sell as well as they anticipated and now they're selling them at a very reduced rate. At any rate, I'm thankful for the advise I received from yourself, as well as others at SMF.

  13. nsbjkb

    nsbjkb Newbie

    Just ordered a red one - total shipped to FL $185.00. I bought one on sale from Lowes and just put it together - it has the slanted tray and small water pan. Came to the forum to look for recipies and stumbled onto this thread. Looks like I'll be returning mine to Lowes tomorrow! Good thing I saw this before the seasoning and 1st use. Maybe they can use it as a floor model. Thanks!!
  14. perfectsmokebbq

    perfectsmokebbq Fire Starter

    I had the same model 30 in all black front display panel. Used it for several years without a problem one. Just My 2 cents ! Lol
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are you sure yours is a Gen #2.5?  Might be a Gen #2.

    Gen #2.5 haven't been out for Several years.

  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---You're better off taking it back, and getting the Gen #2.5.[​IMG]

  17. I agree, save some cash. In my opinion it's a nicer model. Glad this thread has already helped two of us now!
  18. joel11230

    joel11230 Smoke Blower

    Why is the RF better than the Bluetooth?
  19. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I googled it and the best I got is that both are rf and BT is 2.4 Ghz low energy since the phone battery operates the phone computer etc. The dedicated rf transmitter/receiver has longer range. Some get a football field range of sight with a dedicated rf remote. I heard 30 ft. Is max with BT.
  20. cobrasjp

    cobrasjp Newbie

    RF has a dedicated remote.  BT requires a BT-capable devise (like a smartphone) and the MB app.  I think the dedicated remote has better range and better controls than the MB app.

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