Originally Posted by gen0
I have been leaning towards an MES30 , now my friend tells me he can buy at a local hardware store a Smoke Hollow for less than half the price,. I have no doubts the MES is good but... is it twice as good as the smoke hollow?
They, the local hardware store, is selling a 40'' ( more or less) Smoke Hollow for less than I can buy a MES30 on Amazon.
What do you think??
Just looked at the page you linked to. On the whole this is very similar to a Masterbuilt electric analog smoker. The MB model is for sale on Amazon for $120. Are you saying you can buy the Smoke Hollow locally for $95? I don't know anything about SH except what I've read in the reviews. And from the reviews on Amazon I noticed that SH had 44 reviews while the MB had 1,793. The SH was rated 1/2 star higher but then it has about 75% fewer reviews. Both companies appear to offer great customer service. So, you might take all this into consideration.
Personally, I own the MES 30 Electric Digital Smokehouse Generation 1 and really love it. I prefer the digital heat and timer controls. I also like the pull-out wood chip loader since every time you open the smoker door you lose both a lot of smoke and about 40-50 degrees of heat depending on how long the door is open. However, I also never use wood chips anymore. Wood pellets are much easier to use because a tray of them will smoke for hours on end. With wood chips, you have to add them every 20-30 minutes which is too much work for me.
No matter what you buy, 40-inch is great for smoking larger cuts of meat and for smoking a lot of meat at one time. The 30-inch is fine for my needs but the extra interior space of a 40 would be nice.
Keep in mind that you just really research both companies and products carefully because you'll be using the one you buy for years to come. Buyer's remorse is never a good thing. I researched smokers and Masterbuilt as more than met my expectations.