Originally Posted by kre8tivkeltik
Well I guess I have the Gen 2 then.
Shoot, I could have had the better model for $20 cheaper if I would have waiting a week. Oh well, that's how it goes I guess.
Exactly WHY is it better? Haven't seen explanations on that either, just recommendations on 1 over 2.
Got my oink butt in now for pulled pork...the maiden smoke! lol
All smokers have their positive and negative points. The trick is to learn how to overcome the negative, and make them work for you. A smoker is just a tool that you use to cook. It's really the chef behind behind the scenes that makes the difference!!
I own both the Old Model MES and the MES Gen2
The first shipments of the Gen 2 had many issues, but I think Masterbuilt may have worked out the kinks by now
The Gen 2 is terribly starved for air, and has a difficult time making decent smoke
The way it's designed, there is too much turbulence and the chip loader does not allow for enough fresh air for combustion
The controller is not necessarily accurate, so make sure you know what the temps are on your 2 middle racks. I set mine to 204° to maintain 225° - 230°. If I set my controller to 225°, the middle racks are 250°-275° and food cooks way too fast.
Make sure you check the temps and adjust you controller accordingly
I own (4) of the Old Model MES 40's and a New Gen 2
All do a good job for what i want to smoke