Originally Posted by SB59
Basically the same smoker as Masterbuilt analog " which I own". Good point is if temp. control or heat coil need replacing you can order from Smoke Hollow and install in either smoker. I drilled an adjustable vent in mine because too much humidity and creosote buildup in the Masterbuilt due to small vent in their model. Also found best smoke at lower temps. with sawdust, and pan placed right on top of coils. For real low smoke temps I use the amaz. smoker. No problems with smoke at temps above 180. Picked mine up for $99. bucks a few years ago and Bass Pro had a Masterbuilt mod. on sale before Christmas for $69. So keep your eyes open. Can't build a smoker for that price. Always figured in a pinch I could throw a $10. hot plate in the bottom of this unit in a coil emergency.
Thanks for the comment. I ended up buying this one for $111, could not pass it up for that price. You are right can't build one for the price. The cabinet is fairly stiff, insulated about 1/2". I do want to get some more ventilation going through this one. Can you let me know how big a vent you put into your MES? (intake and exhaust)
I just got a AMNPS for good smoke generation. Most likely will do some sort of mailbox mod is the future. But I want to do some homework before I cut into this cabinet.