I am looking to purchase my first smoker. I have kind of decided on MES30. It is the right size for my needs, at lease for now. I am sold on digital. Would love to hear others on their thoughts of Gen1 - no window, no remote, vs. Window and remote. What are the advantages for the window? I see that clean up can be considered a pain. How about the RF remote? Any real benefit? Do you really adjust the temp over the smoking time? I plan on smoking in winter, but, can all of this be set and forget, or do you have to tend? I have an RF thermometer, but what are the advantages of having full control from the couch?
I did buy the Masterbuilt Cold Smoke Attachment already. It is waiting to be connected to a smoker.
These are the choices as I see them...
Gen1 Digital MES30 = $169 (Everyone says is rock solid)
Gen2 Digital MES30 with window $249 (Some folks have had problems)
$80 - decent RF thermometer...hmmm?
anybody hook up the RF feature from the Gen2 to the Gen1? (as I see it, Gen 1 is solid metal door, Gen2 is window) Did I get that right?