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Trying to decide what to get

post #1 of 14
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Newbie to the forum.

Any feedback on this model smoker?

I know there have been issues with the digital controlers and did not know if this was one of the models with issues. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Masterbuilt-30-in-Vertical-Digital-Electric-Smoker-20070106/100660191?N=1z0wscaZ1z0vo0x#.Udf8qxapwhQ

Any input is appreciated.


post #2 of 14

I have one and I'm Happy with it. I have been smoking since I tended my Pops firebox. I have been electric smoking approx. 30 years I guess. Mine works perfectly as delivered, it was packaged well. It is made for small applications. If you want to do a 10 pound packer it will do it, if you want a bigger one you'll have to cut some off.


Its built for city folk where fire burners are not allowed, with a small family. It good for apartment dwellers and first time smokers to hone their craft. Takes little space (you'll want a short stand to set it on, 2 maybe 3 feet tall, cheap bedside or end table.


Mine holds temp like a champ I have ran 100 for 12 hours and 275 for 22 hours without incident. Its electric and slow to recover heat loss, its electric and does hold meat's moisture well when used properly. It is an electric, it is not going to crisp skins like a fire burner. Its not made for that.


If you want to try and use it more as a fire burner you can get an axillary smoke generator and with a couple of simple mods easily achieve a reasonable fact simile. But still its electric, its not supposed to be a fire burner.


Your first purchase should be a remote temperature sensing element. This allows you to cook using the perfect IT (Internal Temperature) This means that even when you try to mess up while learning, its still a delicious mistake you'll eat. I have an old Maverick ET72 that works just fine for that. I like my sensor seperate, goes back to the old days of have an all in one stereo unit instead of components, the more ya add, the greater the chance something will fail. Then its all broken.


I am completely happy with mine as long as you realize its short comings, you can't cook for a big party, you need a stand and a temp probe, you may want an aux, smoke generator, and I have heard sometimes the temp sensing element can be off, (its digital electronics, go figure) Its electric so it doesn't like rain, but what smoker does.


That's my take on the MES30, again I am completely happy with mine although I now wish I would have gotten a bigger one. It just seems that when I smoke these days, I have more friends than I remember asking. LOL


Whatever you do, I wish you luck and happy smoking.


PS I note you have missed the Roll Call Forum, let me suggest you make a stop in there so you can get a proper welcome, meets some of the Guru's who will help you with intergrating into the forum. Its really easy and it doesn't hurt much.......

Edited by Foamheart - 7/6/13 at 5:40am
post #3 of 14
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post #4 of 14
I love my Masterbuilt 30" electric. I have converted my indoor oven to a bread storage unit since I got the smoker. It was an easy modification, lol. I have had zero problems with the unit, knock on wood, and it cleans up in a snap. Just spray the grates with PAM and wrap the water pan and drip tray with foil.
post #5 of 14
Oh, and get an AMNPS. One of the reasons I got a smoker was to cold smoke. Cheese is easy in the Masterbuilt with the pellet smoker. Haven't tried summer sausage and other sausages yet, but I will when I find the time.
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post #7 of 14
Originally Posted by CoachSteveW View Post

This looks like a pretty good deal. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Masterbuilt-30-Electric-Smokehouse/7811422#Specifications


This is the same one I bought and I have no complaints with it at all except I wished I had gotten the 40 due to size.   Other than being small, I don't have a complaint one with the MES 30!  


Like The Zil said.. purchase the AMNPS tray and pellets and an temp probe and you'll be ready to smoke.   The AMNPS she's talking about is pellets of wood and a tray to place them in.   They can be found here.. http://www.amazenproducts.com/  


The forum here is a wealth of information.

Edited by FishinChik - 7/7/13 at 9:34am
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Ahem, The Zil is a girl. :-)

Happy smoking!
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post #10 of 14
Originally Posted by The Zil View Post

Ahem, The Zil is a girl. :-)

Happy smoking!

Yep, I'd agree <grin>

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post #12 of 14

I.m new here and just ordered, from Kmart, a Masterbuilt Cookmaster and here searching around for different mods that I might like to add to my new smoker when it arrives.

Coach, this is a budget priced and a KISS type, no digital just basic smoker if you are shy of any electronic issues with the digital.
I can't recommend this unit yet but one you might consider if you haven't already ordered yours.  Maybe others here can either recommend, or crtique, this one for both of us..

post #13 of 14
Originally Posted by The Zil View Post

Ahem, The Zil is a girl. :-)

Happy smoking!

icon_redface.gif oops, very sorry.   I really have got to start looking at who's posting not just the topics.   My bad!   I fixed the original post too.  Sincere apologies.

post #14 of 14
No worries, didn't really bother me. I guess it is hard to tell in that dark picture with my back to the camera.
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