Hi guys, I know this question has been asked because I have been reading on here for hours now. I want to recap what i think I know and attempt to make a decent decision with input from the experienced smokers. I am looking for a set it and forget it kind of smoker, would prefer electric, and will likely be smoking all types of things including eventually getting into cold smoking.
So from what i have read on these forums, the smokers of choice seem to be:
MES 40 (Model 20070311 only?) with AMNPS
Bradley Digital 4-rack Electric Smoker
There were more, but these seemed to get mentioned the most in the threads I read.
From what I gather the MES 40 is prefered over the 30 and I should only get the first gen model number 20070311 because the others are prone to failures. The Bradley Smokers seem to have a bad reputation for the heating elements (that was not in this forum, but may sites I went to to read reviews had this opinion) as well as I have to buy the proprietary Bradley pucks for the smokers. The Cookshack, Smokin Tex and Smokin-It all seem sto have 5 star ratings everywhere I go to research reviews, however the cost is much higher.
So what I am trying to decide is this:
Of the 3 similar sized expensive units:
Cookshack SM009-2 16" x 17.5" x 30.6" $675 (not similar size, but the smallest they make)
Smokin Tex 1100 12.5" x 13.5" x 17.25" $395
Smokin-It #2 15" x 15" x 20" $399
the Smokin-It #2 seems to be the best bang for the buck.
Having said that, I cannot find the internal measurements of the MES 40 but I'm assuming its around the same size. I have found one online for $339 and the description says it is Model number 20070311.
Should I go for the Smokin-It #2 for $399 plus shipping, or do I risk the possibility of lots of breakdowns and repairs if the MES is not the proper model number for $339 with free shipping?
Does anyone have the internal dimensions of the MES 40 for comparison?
Does anyone have anything to add that I may have overlooked?
Thanks for any and all help,