Originally Posted by DGB1962
Well it looks like I may have to eat crow on this one. After reading your post I decided to go to Cabelas and Bass Pro to see if i could determine what is what. I hit Cabelas at 4:00pm local time and they had the new 40-inch smoker on the floor. I searched high and low and finally found one in the box and it does say 1200 watt. I questioned the gentleman working the floor if he know why the box says it is a 1200 watt element when their website says 800 watt. He assured me that the mistake was on Masterbuilt's end and Cabelas had posted the correct information. He suggested that I call Masterbuilt and see if I could get a clarification. Seem I missed closing time by about ten minutes. So I spent yesterday driving back and forth between Cabelas and Bass Pro trying to come up with an answer. As far as I can tell the heating elements in the two units are identical. Having exhausted most of the day coming to that conclusion. I decided to take a chance and get the 40-incher from Cabelas. That solid insulated door was no mach for the huge heat loss from the big glass viewing window in the Bass Pro model. I put it together this morning and found several stickers on the back stating that it was a 1200 watt element also. It is going through it's curing cycle right now. I will be calling Masterbuilt tomorrow to see what they have to say. I was hoping the wattage would be stamped on the heating element bracket, but I couldn't find anything. I hope this helps anyone who is still on the fence about which version to get. Three pros about the Cabelas version; 1 - solid, insulated door, 2 - comes with a cover, 3 - comes with a CD of 40+ kickbutt smoker recipes.
Yup---The best way to tell is on the plate on the back of the MES. It includes the wattage.
As for your 3 Pros about the version---That's a matter of opinion:
#1 I wouldn't want the one without the window in the door---Not after having one with a window & one without a window.
#2 Comes with a cover is a real good thing.
#3 That CD of 40 Smokes is only good if the smokes are done right on the CD. I haven't seen their CD, but if it's anything like their written recipes, it's not much help. Things like using water in the pan & soaking the chips, you will find out are not good things to do.