Originally Posted by ExhaustedSpark
Stay away from MES. You are just going to have to rebuild it and then you will have to get AmaZn smoker to make it work.
I have yet to find an MES owner that did not over haul it or add an AmaZn Smoker.
Sorry folks just the facts.
Do some research on SMF and you just may find "Hundreds" of people using the MES with great success.
I personally own (2) 40" MES and have literally thousands of hours between them. They are used almost every day, Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. I too burned a terminal end, but in less than 5 minutes, I had it fixed.
The MES will smoke without the AMNS, but if a guy wants to cold smoke, the little gadget is pretty effective. If a MES owner wants to supplement smoke at higher temps, well the AMNS does a pretty good job there too. In-fact, I have 3 customers who own a Little Chief or Big Chief, who also use a 6x6 AMNS.
If you think your Little Chief or Big Chief smokers are better than the MES tell us why?
So, the "Facts", as you state them, are really "Your Opinions", nothing more!
Post something that's informative, like a comparison of the Little Chief or Big Chief vs. the MES 30 or MES 40, rather than post cheap shot after cheap shot!
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