I'm thrilled to find this group! I'm a complete newbie, both to smoking and to this forum.
I've been doing some reading about the various MES models, here and elsewhere. I know that there have been some problems and/or recalls on the MES models in recent years.
I'm looking for some advice on "which" MES 40" model I want: 20073012 vs 20070512.
Here's the story:
I got the 20073012 from Cabela's at $359, plus sales tax.
Then, I see the "same thing" on Amazon for $294, free shipping, no tax. Naturally, I ordered that one, as well. Turns out that it's not the same thing, but a slightly different model, the 20070512.
Glancing at the packages, it appears that the two are substantially similar. Presumably, different SKUs mean there are differences between the two. Just to make things interesting, there's a disclaimer stating, "Images may differ from actual product." So much for just looking at the pictures!
I'm looking for help with the following questions:
1) What's the difference between these two units?
2) Which is more desirable and/or less problematic?
My inclination is to return the Cabela's 20073012 unit, since the Amazon 20070512 unit is substantially cheaper. I'm also driving right past Cabela's this week, vs. shipping a 75 pound Amazon box to goodness knows where...
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!