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post #41 of 50

I too am looking for a smoker that is easy to use and does not require sitting outside watching it all day.  I have heard pros and cons re Master-built Electric Smokers and Bradley Electric Smokers.

From what I am reading, the Bradley is the way to go and find less postings of any negatives with the exception that the pucks are very expensive and that it uses a puck every 20 minutes during the smoking process times the number of hours of smoking.

 

I live in Nebraska and was told that if the outdoor temperature is in the 90s, it could cause the smoker to shut down since it is thermostatically controlled.

 

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated

 

HuskerGirl

post #42 of 50

I would look at the smokers from Smokin-it. Very reliable.  As for smoking in high heat, try to keep the smoker in the shade, away from direct sunlight.  If it is heavily insulated with high heat spun/fiberglass, the outside temp be it hot or cold should have little negative effect.  I never experienced any weather issues with either the Cookshack or the Smokin-it.  As for the Bradley, maybe you can contact their site.  They recently opened a new factory in Phoenix AZ.  Someone there should be able to help.   

post #43 of 50
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Sam's Club has the MES 40" for $299.00
~Martin

MES 40 just about to land here,no window $625  rrp $699 ouchth_crybaby2.gifBit hard to justify upgrade from my MES 30. What happens when you live way down here & with different power. Our dollar = 103 US as well. 

 

Might be too late, but my 2 cents worth

Going to share a post I already made with you, for a very affordable yet nice unit from Master Built.

I am new to electric smokers as well, having a been a wood and charcoal cooker/smoker (4-6 hours) with a Char Grill.

I also went thru the same mess looking at all the different electronic options

I did some intense research on the models as well as the price of the replacement electronics and elements, probes etc etc, that said, I found that the main control/readout is very pricey, over half the price of the unit in most cases and seeing that and the added cost of the other items I was not impressed, my reason being, if I have one of those then I would want at least a spare control and heating element in case it died and I was in the middle of a cook, then I could replace and get back to business, when I saw the price of these gadgets I was discouraged.

So all that said I started looking at different models and their capability

I chose the MES 30 Sportsman Elite for these reasons:

1. Simplicity
2. It has a 1500W Element which in regards to cold weather cooking should be enough to handle the heat loss if done outside, again the 1500W element for good heat control and less variations of the temp, and again for high temp cooking and smoking, the 1500W element will surely outperform and have better life than the lesser ones around 800W's
3. I am not sure of the comments on longevity of the unit, the one I have is made well, yet it is not Stainless Steel but even if left outside with a cover I do not see the life being a issue, it should last well over 5 years, and if kept indoors or a shop I would imagine it would last forever unless you run over it or a tree falls on your shop and destroys it.
4. COST - I paid 146 bucks for it and with the rack Mod I am doing I have 8 racks for jerky and a host of other things, of course I can not put a chicken or whole ham on each rack, but with 8 racks I can surely do 8 chickens or 4 hams with bone or probably 12 roasts if I wanted.
5. Simplicity of Heating Element and Temperature Control, it is like that of a Electric Skillet, very dependable.

All that said, the reason I am against all the fancy electronics is for one, as stated, the cost of replacement of the individual parts is rather expensive in my opinion, and they will go bad sooner or later
I can get a new Temp Control and the 1500W Element, both, for just under $50 from Master Built.

I love stainless but I would not leave a electric appliance/controls in the weather even with a cover, it will lead to accelerated death of the parts from moisture, condensation, rust, dust, pollen etc etc, so if the body is Stainless that is great, but it will not stop that damage to wiring, elements and Temp controls, another plus for this unit, there is no wiring except the cord going to the Temp Control !

And for the biggest reason to forget the electronics and go Analog is :

You can buy a dual probe meat thermometer that will monitor inside cook temp, meat temps on separate pieces/roasts etc, the cook time overall, and you can get them in Infrared, Wireless and Bluetooth, so I do not see spending all that extra money for the smoker regarding the addition of the extras electronically when you can get a decent dual or single probe monitor for right at or even well under $50

I do not look at Master Built having the market because of the many people using them, I look at it as there are many people using them because they are far more affordable and in real use and general care last the same amount of time or as long.

I am perfectly happy with the construction of the unit and I have been in the mechanical for my whole life, and with proper care, this will outlast my Char Grill, only because the Char Grill has to be outdoors, even under the cover it takes damage over time, but then I am on my second Char Grill, but have been using them for over 20 years.

I have not fired mine up but am impressed with the simplicity and have a list of Mods I want to complete, one I have already done, The Rack Mod, I get the other 3 racks today and will be posting that Mod this evening with instructions, and the parts from Master Built were less than $20 dollars, the other I am doing soon is adding a Smoke Stack from a Master Forge Propane Grill, part with shipping less than $15, and the reason being is I am using a AMNPS Pellet smoker, with the MES 30, the chip tray is not reliable unless cooking high temp, and the majority of my work outside of actually using it to cook, will be low temp or cold smoke, I will be posting that Mod as well as soon as I get the Stack in about a week, just ordered it today, the reason for the Stack is to increase Air Flow over the basic 3/4" hole in the back right hand top that is the exhaust vent ( I will use that hole for my Temp Probes and fill with high temp RTV Silicone ), the AMNPS has to have Air of course and it will help with the smoke generation and keeping the AMNPS lit, but the real reason is for drying and or dehydrating, it will speed those processes drastically, the stack is adj for air flow, so it can be adj'ed so it is like it was or opened up for faster times on diff uses.

Many consider the AMNPS as a MOD but all you have to do is set it in there, I guess it does qualify for a MOD seeing it is Modified Operation at the very least.

So, if you have lots of money, throw it at the Stainless, but if you want something that will serve you with reasonable care for a long long time, save that money and buy some meat instead of Stainless  :)

To each his or her own but I would stay away from the electronic versions, if you want really reliable heat control then follow my profile, after the stack Mod, I will be working on a nice T-Stat Mod for this as well so you can just set it and forget it, that is the only drawback I see in the Temp Control, no temp settings, I will mark mine for the moment but the T-Stat Mod will be far cheaper than the Aftermarket Temp Controllers and would not be subject to damage from moisture or even wet environments as it is a sealed contact that is otherwise purely mechanical in nature.
 

post #44 of 50

I did research on the Bradley and MESs.  Long story short, I went with the Charbroil Digital Electric Solid Door Smoker.  It has a large heavy smoker box which will hold 6 hours worth of wood chips (no other digital smoker on the market holds these many  chips that I know of,  and a nice water container and four racks.  This unit is well built with no bad reports..  I smoked two (2) full racks of St. Louis Style ribs and a 3 pound beef brisket.  The brisket was exceptionally tender and the ribs were the best I  have ever eaten in that they fell off of the bone (I did the 3-2-1 rib recipe ... 3 hours smoking on the rack, 2 hours wrapped in foil on the rack and 1 hour with the ribs out of the foil and back on the rack).  Never had any problems with the smoker in the heat.  It held the programmed temperature and the temperature set for the internal probe.

 

Best smoker on the market and is reasonably priced!  Very very satisfied!

 

HuskerGirl

post #45 of 50
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I did research on the Bradley and MESs.  Long story short, I went with the Charbroil Digital Electric Solid Door Smoker.  It has a large heavy smoker box which will hold 6 hours worth of wood chips (no other digital smoker on the market holds these many  chips that I know of,  and a nice water container and four racks.  This unit is well built with no bad reports..  I smoked two (2) full racks of St. Louis Style ribs and a 3 pound beef brisket.  The brisket was exceptionally tender and the ribs were the best I  have ever eaten in that they fell off of the bone (I did the 3-2-1 rib recipe ... 3 hours smoking on the rack, 2 hours wrapped in foil on the rack and 1 hour with the ribs out of the foil and back on the rack).  Never had any problems with the smoker in the heat.  It held the programmed temperature and the temperature set for the internal probe.

 

Best smoker on the market and is reasonably priced!  Very very satisfied!

 

HuskerGirl

That sounds like a nice Smoker, I will check it out, not to buy it, just want to see it.
I have the Char Grill and now the MES 30, so I am good, but glad you found one that you liked :yahoo:

I did look but did not see a "solid door" model on their site, maybe it is not up there yet ..............

Guy

post #46 of 50


Thanks Guy.  I purchased mine from Hayneedle Inc. as the corporate office is located in my hometown ... Omaha, NE. 

 

There  are two versions;  One  with a glass front door, and one with a solid front door which is what I ordered.  I was told the glass door version of smokers are not worth the money since the glass eventually is covered with smoke making it impossible to see through.  I did not want to spend a lot of time cleaning the smoke off  every time I got done grilling.  Ugh!

 

I would rather spend my time searching out recipes to try.

 

HuskerGirl

post #47 of 50
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Thanks Guy.  I purchased mine from Hayneedle Inc. as the corporate office is located in my hometown ... Omaha, NE. 

 

There  are two versions;  One  with a glass front door, and one with a solid front door which is what I ordered.  I was told the glass door version of smokers are not worth the money since the glass eventually is covered with smoke making it impossible to see through.  I did not want to spend a lot of time cleaning the smoke off  every time I got done grilling.  Ugh!

 

I would rather spend my time searching out recipes to try.

 

HuskerGirl

Cool, will look again, but I have heard the same from many about the glass, that in the end it is pointless and a lot of work, good choice  :yahoo:

post #48 of 50

Thanks.

 

HuskerGirl42

post #49 of 50

HuskerGirl42 - Just visited the Char-Broil site.  The smoker looks nice; feature heavy for it's price.  Watched the video on it.   Happy smoking!

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs97OmUw4xg

post #50 of 50

KC,

I saw it, it is a lot like the MES 30, pretty cool, that is something I am learning too, that the brands are all pretty close, just a little different look but core design and space are pretty much the same, I look up every one that I see and see how it looks and the price yada yada, if I had the money, oh Lord, the money I could spend ROFLOL

I am almost ready to cook, just need a drip shield over the AMNPS and I am ready to rock.

I am setting this one in a 12 X 25 Shop that looks just like a barn (we call it the Barn) so it will never see bad weather and get wet, will have to put a element in it sooner or later, have a spare, so ready for it when it when it does decide to croak th_wsmsmile0ly.gif

I will be posting my trail runs soon, have to run the 100 ft 10ga 30 Amp extension cord to it for now, I got a trench to dig to pull power out there, my son is going to help me, but got a total of about 100 ft of trench to dig 18 inches deep, not going to be pretty, but we have had a bunch of rain so the ground should be relatively soft...........................yah ? LOL

I will be watching for your posts, and I will be posting some trail runs with mine as well, soon :smile:

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