Originally Posted by golson
I have a MES 30 and seem that the temps in mine vary 30 degrees plus and minus from set temp. I read a lot of people having some similar issue. SO I wanted to look at another smoker that might maintain a better temp. Will the 30 lb. Digital Country Style Smoker be a good choice or just upgrade to an MES 40.....
So what is exactly the problem?
Is the controller bad causing the temp difference?
Is the sensors bad causing the error?
How have you verified that there is a 30 deg difference between actual inside temp and the displayed temp?
You do know that there can be a 20+º between the top shelf and the bottom shelf? In fact there can be a substantial difference in temperature depending on a number of factors especially at the beginning of a smoke when the smoker is full of cold meat. Thus if you place a probe any distance from the inside temp sensor there is will be a difference. To check out your sensor and controller put the external probe on the self closest to the sensor and either us a potato or small block of wood with hole to put the probe sensor right in front of the cabinet sensor. Do some tests without meat and report the results. Do the test for a period of two hours or more, reporting the temps every 10 minutes. If anything you will learn how your smoker acts as it heats up.
Frankly, for the bang for buck of the MES you get a double walled insulated cabinet that provides a solid smoking platform without drastic temp swings if properly used and monitored. That has been established by thousands upon thousands of owner who are satisfied with either their MES30 or MES40. Are there better electric smokers out there, sure there is, but how much do you have to pay for that smoker, and if you learn to properly use your MES will the Q you smoke be double the quality to justify the cost difference?