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Masterbuilt 40" Electric Smokehouse (2nd Gen.) 20070512 Reviews

Positive Reviews

Uncle Eddie

This review is after 15 months of heavy use - Way more positives than negatives by a long shot for me


Pros: Set it and forget it, bluetooth control, most everything fits in the dishwasher, lots of space for big smokes

Cons: smoked flavor can be a bit weak if not using an AMNPS - this reduced my overall rating by 1/2 star

I have owned an MES 40 - 2.5 for about 15 months now.  I have smoked many briskets, racks and racks of ribs, numerous turkeys, pulled pork, salmon, prime rib, etc.  I also own a traditional wood/charcoal Brinkmann offset smoker (serial #1126) made of boilerplate - a real heavy thing and have had this smoker for about 15 years.   I own two smokers an MES 40-2.5 and a traditional Brinkmann wood/charcoal offset smoker.  I find I now use my MES 40 about 5 or 6 times for every time I use my Brinkmann.  I actually use my Brinkmann more for higher-temp smokes (chicken wings, pork steaks, rib-eye, etc.)   I read through the reviews and I have not experienced...
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This is a great smoker


Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Haven't found any yet

I have had 2 of the 30" smokers and found them to be very good. I had trouble with one at my vacation home after a year or more and they sent me a new heating element no problem. My first 30" quit after many years use and it didn't have the replaceable element so I got the 40" I have read lots of negative stuff about this unit but I haven't had a problem. I find it is a solid smoker just like my two 30' ones.

Decent for the price


Pros: Good Value, digital controls are nice, remote temperature monitor is a plus, I also like the included remote meat thermometer

Cons: Temperature variations can be drastic, I dont think that it maintains high teperatures very well, the vent location

I've had good luck with my smoker. I like the fact that you can replace the heating element in it if it goes out. I really like that you can remotely monitor the heat from inside the house and change it as well. You can also measure the temperature of the meat from the remote.   When it comes to value I don't think you can beat this. Does it have some issues sure. Suposedly, Masterbuilt had a lot of issues with quality control and has fixed those issues. There are significantly less bad reviews over the last year than the previous year. Time will tell, but I hope MB builds a GEN 3 and puts the smoke vent back at the top, fixes some of the lessons learned from this model and makes a...
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Negative Reviews


Probably would not buy again


Pros: Looks good, roomy

Cons: Holding temps, remote turns off unit

I have two of the 40's.  I don't know why anyone would pay more than the $299 everyday price at Sam's Club.  I have two issues with this unit.  First, if you set up at 225 degrees, this unit will fluctuate 25 degrees either side of this set number making a lot of the time 25 degrees under your set point.  I found this out with an independent probe inside the unit when I couldn't get a butt cooked in 20 hours.  I would prefer the unit controlling closer to the setpoint.  Second, if your unit has a remote control, careful when you lay it down as the battery compartment is not designed very well and the battery will lose contact and actually turn the smoker off,...
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It's OK but with Flaws


Pros: Electric, Roomy

Cons: Bad temps, flawed chip loader, faulty wiring, etc...

I was a propane Smoker user for years & decided to upgrade to an electric version... I found the Masterbuilt & decided to give it a try... I liked the fact it retained moisture which helped keep the meat from drying out but after the first few months I had it kick every GFI I used... Learned of faulty wiring, faulty burners the list goes on... I had welded seems on the door that warped the door gasket & was missing a wheel in packaging... I contacted Masterbuilt & they had no qualms sending me the parts I needed to repair it but I am thinking I just spent $400 & I am fixing my own purchase 2 months later... I must be stupid is what I thought but I did what was needed...
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smoking in nye

Wait for Generation 3


Pros: Nice looking unit.

Cons: Very poor quality, high failure rate, leading doors, temperatures way off..

I have had a total of four of the these, all returned for various reasons. Two of them failed during the seasoning process. One unit worked ok for a while then during smoking, the temperature shot up to maximum then quit working altogether. the final one/s internal temperature was off by 40 degrees (too low). the get 235 degrees, I had to set it at 275 degrees. Two of the units leaked juices  out of the bottom corner of the glass and formed a puddle on the ground. The temperature probes are far from accurate. An AMNPS will not work in these units, too much air turbulence.They are made in China which might explain the poor quality. Hopefully Masterbuilt will come out with a generation...
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More Reviews

Gifted tulip

good smoke house now after upgrade


Pros: holds temp well

Cons: probe not accurate

I upgraded the wiring to 12G using "range" wire obtained at local electric supply store. Now the heating element (1200w) is much more responsive and the wood chips burn down completely in 30 to 45 min. at a temperature setting of 225 deg. if you are interested, in upgrade, send me email at

Bought this on Saturday


Pros: Easy to setup and use

Cons: Glass leaked a little, need to keep glass clean

This is the first smoker i have ever owned and really do not have much experience with any other, but so far this has been great.  Love the way you insert the wood chips, and are able to watch your meat cooking.  Directions to assemble were easy to read , but there was little directions on how to use.  Like for myself i have never smoked before and i had to come online and read about different temps for different meats, how much wood to use, etc. Luckily, I found and everything came together.  One thing is that the glass leaked a little when i put water in which my first smoke, that really didn't bother me, but i have read reviews where people just...
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Good smoker for the price


Pros: Very easy to use, easy cleanup

Cons: Must open the smoker to change out wood chips

I have this smoker and I am generally happy my result and I'm really happy with it's ease of use. Plug it in, set the temp, add some wood chips, add some meat, and away you go. It does a great job of smoking without having to constantly check things. When I have time, I still prefer the flavor of smoking on in a charcoal or wood smoker, but I find myself using this smoker a lot because it is so easy to use and the results are still tasty. Another added benefit of this smoker, it saves me the expense of buying charcoal, or at least it's a great alternative when I'm out of charcoal but still want to smoke something.

So far, So good..


Pros: 1200W Heating element. Large Chip Tray. Easy Cleanup

Cons: No remote internal temp reading available w/ remote or console

As the title says, so far, so good with this smoker. I'm new to smoking meats using a cabinet style smoker and the MES 40" Gen2 seems to get it right for us newbies and perhaps more seasoned smokers as well. The assembly couldn't have been simpler as the instructions were consise and well written. Once assembled, the breakin period was 3hrs and I would highly advise following the instructions to the letter. The included lighting is great for grilling after dark as this is winter, I've already tried it and it works. The unit does clean up easily with hot water and Dawn dishwashing liquid. The window probably won't as I did try windex to no avail. Small price to pay.    So...
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