Originally Posted by old sarge
The GEN 1 seems to be the reliable one in the MES stable. And a higher temp is always a plus. For the money spent, I cannot fathom why any company would not put out a smoker that is capable of hitting 350/375, or higher for baking, as well as the crisping of skin, during the holidays an extra 'oven' would be really nice. 250 is indeed the max not only on SI but also SmokinTex. My smoker will hit 300, but since I do not smoke poultry, I rarely stray from 225/235 area. But, If CS offered an upgrade element and board for the controller that would take it to375/425, at a reasonable cost, I would jump on it just for that second oven capability.
I often thought about that myself:
I know very little about electric, but I wonder if one could safely make an affordable electric smoker that could go to 375°/425°, and still be able to plug it into a normal 120V outlet?
Our kitchen ovens are all 220V, and personally I wouldn't have any use for a 220°V smoker.
If it could be made as a 120V, how much would it cost to be able to get that hot, safely? As well as the MES 40 is insulated, the top half of the right side of mine, and the right side of the top get pretty hot on the outside with the inside temp only being 275°.
Just my thoughts.
Maybe someone with electrical knowledge can comment.