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My advice? You get what you pay for. I am a former Masterbuilt owner.....NEVER AGAIN. You said you have read the forum quite a bit and you haven't seen the hundreds of posts about the issues with the MES? Again some advice......read more.
Trying to save you some trouble is all.
I would say the unhappy out weigh the happy. It's not a matter of the price....its the shitty quality and design of the wiring. Mine died after 5 smokes......I said to myself NEVER AGAIN. I paid for a quality USA built smoker and haven't been happier. You may want to do some more research.
Mine was digital. The smoker I have now is analog and I couldn't be happier. My father always told me "you get what you pay for" and he was never more correct.
There are several very good electric brands out there. The Cookshack, The Smokin-Tex and the Smokin-It line of smokers. They are all very similar and the main difference is the pricing. I went with the Smokin-It #2
and couldn't be happier. I am a former MES owner but won't be again. Now some people have had great luck with them......a lot of people haven't. The issues stem from cheap labor doing the wiring and extremely poor wiring design. Now a lot of these issues are fixable.....BUT why the hell do I want to buy a smoker that I have to improve upon.......cut larger holes in.......use different smoke generators in.....etc, when I can just buy a smoker and use it!!
I'm not sure what your budget is.....or how big of a smoker you need/want but look at the above lines and see what you think. Again I went with the Smokin-It because the price was so much less than the others for a box that looked no different. Got great reviews as well.
Mine is about as set and forget as it gets. I am too busy to tend a fire (although a stick burner would be awesome) and when I entertain I want to be with my guests and not sitting in front of the smoker :o)
If you have other questions feel free to ask. We are all here to help. If it seems like I'm bitter about MES I am. :o)
That is exactly why I bought the MES 30" from Cabelas last summer. It's really my first smoker and I wanted to "get my feet wet" without spending a chunk of money and not like it. I have grilled for years but never the "low and slow" thing. I can say now that Scott is right about one thing. The MES is NOT top quality. I will be replacing it whenever it stops working and going with the Smokin-it. I do not regret buying the Masterbuilt and between trying different meats and reading this forum, I feel smarter than a fifth grader. It is a great unit to learn on but I had to buy the AMNPS to get the right smoke and could do other things to make it better but I should not have to.
Now, I hope that my MES will last many years but the day it does die, I will have another smoker ordered.
Hope this helps.
Most MES Gen #2 hate their MES, as they should.
Many people who own the MES Gen #1 love theirs. When mine quits, if I'm still around I will get another MES, but it won't be the Gen #2. So far my MES 40 Gen #1 has been perfect for 4 years.
I'm not sure about the analog MES, but I can't remember too many complaints.
I basically use my MES 40 as a warming cabinet to keep all dishes of the meal hot until time to serve the meal. As for smoking in it, I feel it works well for summer sausage and such where you need to keep the moisture level and heat constant, but for regular smokes I prefer my smokehouse.
Sounds like a Great plan!!!
The small one is going to cook like the bigger one. The only difference will be in what you can fit in it. As for electrics.....I won't cook on anything but them. I don't have time to be tending a fire and or gas. I want something that is set and forget for the most part.
Good luck on your choice.