Originally Posted by jted
Dave, Rick is right. The 20070910 was and remains their best seller. If you go to the thread titled how many MES owners you will see a break down of MES smoker owners on the forum. Even if all the MES30 are not GEN 1's they out number any others.
The Gen 1 MES is a great starter smoker. Don't get me wrong it is not with out it's problems but all can be remedied. At it's price point it is the most reliable with great customer support.
Your description and assessment of the MES 30 20070910 is the best I've ever read. I think it's the best starter smoker around and agree that MES provides great customer support. With my smoker I think I've had to call them twice in two years. The first call was unnecessary because I called to have them send me the wood chip loader upgrade because I didn't know my smoker already had it. I've had absolutely no functional problems with my MES; the only big problem I've had was due to my own failure to regularly clean the high temp limit switch and the temp sensor on the back wall.
When I get everything right, I would confidently put up the ribs and beef briskets I've smoked in my MES against anybody else's--as long as smoke rings weren't judging factors.