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post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by BIG TWIG View Post
 

I was looking at electric smokers because one day I would like to add to the arsenal and with new MES's coming out maybe some good sales will be around the corner (not like I have the $ anyway) but I came across this smoker and I have never seen it before. So I just wanted to put it out there for people in the market or if anyone does buy it maybe we can get a review. It at least looks pretty cool.

 

 

 

http://www.lowes.com/pd_143389-64466-32930_5003700+5003694__?productId=3609226&Ntt=outdoor%2Bsmokers&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__5003700%2B5003694__s%3FNtt%3Doutdoor%252Bsmokers&facetInfo=$100%20-%20$200%7C$1%20-%20$5

 

 

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I figured out on my own that Master Forge is a proprietary brand of Lowes but don't know who makes it for them but Lowes sells a bunch of different smoker and grill knock-offs under the MF brand. A brother-in-law of mine owns this model but I've never seen him use it or tasted any food that came out of it. At the Lowes in my town, they've brought in Masterbuilts big time and seem to be discontinuing carrying the MF vertical electric digital smokers. I'm mainly seeing an analog and a propane model.

 

In my opinion, I'd stick with Masterbuilt because they've got great customer service and are going to be around for a long while. If Lowes has decided to phase out Master Forge vertical electric smokers, good luck on getting warranty services if problems pop up.

post #42 of 50
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Originally Posted by daRicksta View Post
 


I figured out on my own that Master Forge is a proprietary brand of Lowe's but don't know who makes it for them but Lowe's sells a bunch of different smoker and grill knock-offs under the MF brand. A brother-in-law of mine owns this model but I've never seen him use it or tasted any food that came out of it. At the Lowes in my town, they've brought in Masterbuilts big time and seem to be discontinuing carrying the MF vertical electric digital smokers. I'm mainly seeing an analog and a propane model.

 

In my opinion, I'd stick with Masterbuilt because they've got great customer service and are going to be around for a long while. If Lowe's has decided to phase out Master Forge vertical electric smokers, good luck on getting warranty services if problems pop up.

 

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My experiences has been just like yours. Altho I bought a nice smoke stack from them. I had a phone number and it was to Lowe's I think . In any case I bought the stack it was very reasonable (less than 16.00 delivered) came in with in a reasonable time. It was off one of there charcoal units

post #43 of 50
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My experiences has been just like yours. Altho I bought a nice smoke stack from them. I had a phone number and it was to Lowe's I think . In any case I bought the stack it was very reasonable (less than 16.00 delivered) came in with in a reasonable time. It was off one of there charcoal units


That's a really cool stack. What's the benefit of attaching it to an MES? I'm the type of guy who likes to keep most things as they were built unless there's a problem requiring a mod.

 

I like Lowes; do a lot of shopping there because they sell so many different things. But when I need help with my smoker I prefer to call the manufacturer customer service department.

post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by daRicksta View Post
 


That's a really cool stack. What's the benefit of attaching it to an MES? I'm the type of guy who likes to keep most things as they were built unless there's a problem requiring a mod.

 

I like Lowes; do a lot of shopping there because they sell so many different things. But when I need help with my smoker I prefer to call the manufacturer customer service department.

 

The use of a stack is to promote a draft through the smoker box. I am not talking about a door shutting draft.  Just enough to make the smoke move.  How many fire places have you seen with out one or if you think about smokers, how many don't have one besides box types. The stack is a essential part to make a smoker. After using my 30" MES  I knew I had to do something. 

I think the MES folks don't install one purely to save money. By using one that Justs rests on it's flange it is removable and has no chance of damaging my cover.

I didn't really want to talk(hijack) about the merits of the stack but to talk about the customer service from Lowe's and MF. They were friendly fast and sent a well made product.  Does that equate to a good electric product I don't know. Here is a link to a thread called to stack  or not to stack a MES.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/166588/to-stack-or-not-to-stack-a-mes

post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by jted View Post
 

 

The use of a stack is to promote a draft through the smoker box. I am not talking about a door shutting draft.  Just enough to make the smoke move.  How many fire places have you seen with out one or if you think about smokers, how many don't have one besides box types. The stack is a essential part to make a smoker. After using my 30" MES  I knew I had to do something. 

I think the MES folks don't install one purely to save money. By using one that Justs rests on it's flange it is removable and has no chance of damaging my cover.

I didn't really want to talk(hijack) about the merits of the stack but to talk about the customer service from Lowe's and MF. They were friendly fast and sent a well made product.  Does that equate to a good electric product I don't know. Here is a link to a thread called to stack  or not to stack a MES.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/166588/to-stack-or-not-to-stack-a-mes

How long ago did you buy this? I don't see this listed online and I don't think I've seen it in their smoker parts section. I'll have to go in soon and check it out.

 

Great to know that Lowes provides great customer service for anything purchased there. We've bought quite a few major appliances from them and their customer service people have always been outstanding.

post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by daRicksta View Post
 


That's a really cool stack. What's the benefit of attaching it to an MES? I'm the type of guy who likes to keep most things as they were built unless there's a problem requiring a mod.

 

I like Lowes; do a lot of shopping there because they sell so many different things. But when I need help with my smoker I prefer to call the manufacturer customer service department.

 

The use of a stack is to promote a draft through the smoker box. I am not talking about a door shutting draft . Just enough to make the smoke move.  How many fire places have you seen with out one or if you think about smokers, how many don't. The stack is a essential part to make a smoker. After using my 30" MES  I knew I had to do something. 

I think the MES folks don't install one purely to save money. By using one that Justs rests on it's flange it is removable and has no chance of damaging my cover.

I didn't really want to talk about the merits of the stack but to talk about the customer service from Lowe's and MF. They were friendly fast and sent a well made product.  Doe's that equate to a good electric product I don't know. Here is a link to a thread called to stack  or not to

 

 

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Originally Posted by daRicksta View Post
 

How long ago did you buy this? I don't see this listed online and I don't think I've seen it in their smoker parts section. I'll have to go in soon and check it out.

 

Great to know that Lowes provides great customer service for anything purchased there. We've bought quite a few major appliances from them and their customer service people have always been outstanding.


  I bought this in mid July. I did not find it listed in the on line catalog. It was refereed in a post on SMF. Here are the ordering instructions for anyone who wishes to order.

Ordering information for the stack.

Service Dept # (800) 963-0211 hrs 8am-6pm M-T 8am-5pm F EST

The Lowe's model number is 0190449

They said that they didn't' use the model number for the part but used the item description but here are both

Smoker Stack - 302-02009-00

On the assembly instructions its reference id is H

I found the price to be 15.98 delivered. The stack is off  a Lowe's master forge charcoal smoker. It's about 6 or seven inches tall With a 2.5 inch dia body. The flange on it brings it to over 3 inches witch is the hole size of the MES 30 exhaust hole. To use the stack you must remove the cover for the existing cover. 1- 10 mm nut is all it takes.

 

Prior to purchasing one try using a 3" soup or vegetable can. Some people use 2 taped together or the use one of the 3" flex 90's you see in the mailbox Mod. Those are less than 4.00.Also I have used a Bushes been can. The bean can is about 3.25 inches in dia. and 6 inches tall. Just anything to help the box to draw.

 


Edited by jted - 9/28/14 at 5:02am
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by jted View Post
 

 

The use of a stack is to promote a draft through the smoker box. I am not talking about a door shutting draft . Just enough to make the smoke move.  How many fire places have you seen with out one or if you think about smokers, how many don't. The stack is a essential part to make a smoker. After using my 30" MES  I knew I had to do something. 

I think the MES folks don't install one purely to save money. By using one that Justs rests on it's flange it is removable and has no chance of damaging my cover.

I didn't really want to talk about the merits of the stack but to talk about the customer service from Lowe's and MF. They were friendly fast and sent a well made product.  Doe's that equate to a good electric product I don't know. Here is a link to a thread called to stack  or not to

 

 


  I bought this in mid July. I did not find it listed in the on line catalog. It was refereed in a post on SMF. Here are the ordering instructions for anyone who wishes to order.

Ordering information for the stack.

Service Dept # (800) 963-0211 hrs 8am-6pm M-T 8am-5pm F EST

The Lowe's model number is 0190449

They said that they didn't' use the model number for the part but used the item description but here are both

Smoker Stack - 302-02009-00

On the assembly instructions its reference id is H

I found the price to be 15.98 delivered. The stack is off  a Lowe's master forge charcoal smoker. It's about 6 or seven inches tall With a 2.5 inch dia body. The flange on it brings it to over 3 inches witch is the hole size of the MES 30 exhaust hole. To use the stack you must remove the cover for the existing cover. 1- 10 mm nut is all it takes.

 

Prior to purchasing one try using a 3" soup or vegetable can. Some people use 2 taped together or the use one of the 3" flex 90's you see in the mailbox Mod. Those are less than 4.00.Also I have used a Bushes been can. The bean can is about 3.25 inches in dia. and 6 inches tall. Just anything to help the box to draw.

 


Those are some great suggestions, jted. However, I just smoked two racks of baby backs yesterday and the airflow in my MES 30 was fine. I used both wood chips (for pecan flavoring) and the AMNPS and got plenty of smoke throughout the 6 hours I cooked the ribs.

post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by daRicksta View Post
 


Those are some great suggestions, jted. However, I just smoked two racks of baby backs yesterday and the airflow in my MES 30 was fine. I used both wood chips (for pecan flavoring) and the AMNPS and got plenty of smoke throughout the 6 hours I cooked the ribs.


I am glad you are happy. The bottom line is the quality of the Q. The end result is all that matters.

post #49 of 50


I bought mine in Mqarch 2012 used it 5 times over the last 2 summers qand when I went to use it this March2015  wouldn't work  control panel is bad  and no replacement panel are available won't buy this brand again  went out and bought a Master Built at Lowe's works great  Master Forge is CRAP JUNK OR whatever else you want to call  don't buy one

post #50 of 50
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Originally Posted by Bowtiesrule View Post
 


I bought mine in Mqarch 2012 used it 5 times over the last 2 summers qand when I went to use it this March2015  wouldn't work  control panel is bad  and no replacement panel are available won't buy this brand again  went out and bought a Master Built at Lowe's works great  Master Forge is CRAP JUNK OR whatever else you want to call  don't buy one


I fully agree with your assessment. That's why I chose a Masterbuilt over a Master Forge. Ironically, Masterbuilt used to make some of the MF units for Lowes. I think those were the ones that looked like clones of the MES digital and analog models. Not sure if they still make anything under the MF brand.

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