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Looking for a new Smoker. Advice on this one?

post #1 of 8
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Hi.   I've been smoking for about 4 years and my first smoker finally quit.   Not on it's own, we had a bad storm and the wind was so strong it actually picked up the smoker and threw it across my deck and everything inside is destroyed along with a nice dent in the smoker itself.    It was time for a new one anyhow!  

 

I was looking at the following smoker.  30 inch electric which matches the one I used to have.  This one has a window and remote control though which is really helpful to me.      I'd like to go no more than $300 on my budget.     I usually cook brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and sausages.   The only thing I think I'd need to buy in addition to the smoker below would be the sausage hooks to hang the sausage on.  I use cherry and hickory wood for my beef  and pork, and apple for chicken currently.  

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Masterbuilt-30-in-Digital-Electric-Smoker-with-Window-and-Remote-Control-20070411/202461863

 

Any suggestions on something that would be a better option for me or even less expensive?   Thanks

post #2 of 8
You could do the MES, they are a nice smoker... Ya may also look at a Smoke It as well, just another option to consider !

http://www.smokin-it.com/Smoker_p/smkmdl1.htm
post #3 of 8

I think you can get a first gen. 30 for like 150 bucks I saw somewhere.  That would leave you some cash for accessories. Or a bunch of meat. The window is not really needed and you could save some money without that. There are about half a million mes owners on this website. The search bar at the top of the page is your friend here.

post #4 of 8
If your not set on a window, there's this MES gen 1 for $177. I have this one & it works fine, just get a separate therm for temps as the temp in this is way off from what the stock therm says !

http://www.amazon.com/Masterbuilt-20070910-30-Inch-Electric-Controller/dp/B00104WRCY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428864767&sr=8-1&keywords=masterbuilt+smoker
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Waterin, I think you bring a great point.  My old smoker was a MES similar to the one you linked, and I kept thinking the wireless thermometer I bought for it was all jacked up because it showed 300 degrees when I had the smoker set to 150.  Im wondering if its the smoker itself?

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Waterin, I think you bring a great point.  My old smoker was a MES similar to the one you linked, and I kept thinking the wireless thermometer I bought for it was all jacked up because it showed 300 degrees when I had the smoker set to 150.  Im wondering if its the smoker itself?

All the masterbuilt models have crap thermometers. A maverick or other good probe setup is just a great investment and you can even use it in the house.

post #7 of 8

Most of the smokers that are at the big box stores have cheap thermometers that are not that accurate, Replace it or add a good one

 

Gary

post #8 of 8

If I was spending $300 I would try and stretch the budget to go with the 40" gen 1. It is $310 at Amazon.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Masterbuilt-20070910-30-Inch-Electric-Controller/dp/B00104WRCY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429118556&sr=8-1&keywords=masterbuilt+electric+smoker

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