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post #1 of 7
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What should I get? I had the G2 MES but it had all kinda of problems and had to load wood every 45 minutes to an hour. I was thinking 50 inch G2 MES but thought I'd check first.
post #2 of 7

What's your budget?  Not sure why you would get a smoker from the same Company that you had issues with. 

 

Look at

 

Smokin-It

 

Smokin-Tex

 

Cookshack

 

I own the Smokin-It #2 and it's not too much more than an MES 40 but oh so much more reliable.  

 

Scott

post #3 of 7

Does the Smokin-It #2 need and external controller like:

 

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=380

 

Or does it work pretty well as is?

post #4 of 7
I've got the SI#3....remember, this is an analog controller so much like your oven you will have the temp swing as it cycles on & off. Unless you need precision temp control, for some reason, the installed controller should suit you fine. If you are doing a 10 pound butt or 13 pound brisket the final result will be delicious with the long cook time. I set mine on 250 for a large butt, turn it on before hitting the bunk and in the morning the porch smells delicious. Depending on your budget I think the SI#4 has a built in PID, but I'm not sure. I also think smaller SI's can be had with a PID if you want that. It's been a while since I bought and I'm not totally up on new offerings. For the money, it's awesome to me. Cook-Shack quality clone without the hefty price. Again, my opinion only but since we cook to temps and not by time in the long run the controller is adequate. HTH....Willie
post #5 of 7
Oh, I forgot.....looked at a MES early on at Home Depot even before all the issues. Compared to the Smokin' It or other brands mentioned it's a POS IMO and I'm soooooooo glad I didn't get one for the price they were asking. Again, my opinion only....YMMV
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Originally Posted by Chef Willie View Post

Oh, I forgot.....looked at a MES early on at Home Depot even before all the issues. Compared to the Smokin' It or other brands mentioned it's a POS IMO and I'm soooooooo glad I didn't get one for the price they were asking. Again, my opinion only....YMMV

Thanks Willie.  Thats what I want to hear.

post #7 of 7

I bit the bullet and went the WSM route.  It gets rave reviews everywhere, second only to a UDS, which I don't have time to learn or build now.

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