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Howdy all.  My name is Michael but I also go by "BONES"  I am in Victoria, Texas and only been smoking for a short time. 

I was given a Brinkman Electric smoker a few months back and really enjoyed it. The heating element went out on it and I just havn't ordered another one and nobody here sells parts. I've scanned the pages here a few times but never really stopped in.  Today I had to go to Austin and on the way home I stopped at Cabelas to see what they had.  Hoping to get a $30.00 part so I could smoke this weekend.  They had a Masterbuilt 30" Sportsman Elite on sale until 09/02/13 for $179.00 so I dropped two big bills on the counter and walked out with a big box.  Easy to put together and I have it seasoned right now.  I might even hit it again tomorrow just to make sure.

Looking forward to learning about it.


  O'h yeah, it is the one with the control box on the top back of the unit and vent hole on the top.  I guess that makes it a first generation?

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Hi Michael! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

We have an ”Articles” section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

You might want to check out ”Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course”, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 


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Welcome aboard, Bones!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.  Congrats on the new MES, it does sound like a gen 1, which is a better rig than the newer gen models.



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Welcome Bones!!  The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (aka MES) is a good unit.  I have one for smaller jobs and it certainly does the trick.


Good luck with it, and you will be obsessed in no time.



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