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MES 40 - for restaurant - Gen 1, Gen 2, or Gen 2.5

Poll Results: gen 1, 2, or 2.5

Poll expired: Jul 10, 2015 This is a multiple choice poll
  • 40% of voters (2)
    GEN 1
  • 0% of voters (0)
    GEN 2
  • 40% of voters (2)
    GEN 2.5
  • 0% of voters (0)
    MES 30
  • 80% of voters (4)
    MES 40
5 Total Votes  
post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi sorry to have not done my homework but the amount info is a little overwhelming and it's a decision that needs to made pretty quick. It's for my restaurant, it's replacing a CookShack Smokette that just died. It doesn't get tons of use whick drew me to the MES line over more expensive commercial smokers and i love the versatility of all the hacks.

 

we will mostly hot smoke of salmon and pork shoulder but also do some cold smoke of cheese and experimenting with some sausages and salamis.

 

I have ordered an AMNS and AMPS for the various hacks.

 

my initial assessment is MES40, but is there a compelling reason to downsize to the 30?

 

then the followup question is if the price difference isn't #1 concern, is there an overall consensus as to which generation to buy?... GEN 1, 2, and if i'm absorbing info correctly, there's also a GEN 2.5?? is there a simple way to tell them apart, and is there a favorite dealer to buy it from?

 

Oye, now i see there is also a Bluetooth model. Or is that thee GEN 2.5. And that in Masterbuilt and Sportsman Elite? SO CONFUSING!!

 

thanks, and sorry again for not mucking though the reams of conversations that have already taken place around this topic.


Edited by deuxcv - 7/8/15 at 4:30pm
post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 

and should i buy the Masterbuilt cold smoke add-on, or do the mailbox thing? does one do better with the AMNS/AMPS? is the mailbox hack a cost saving trick or functional benefit?

post #3 of 11
Gen 1 seems to be favored with the AMNPS in polls taken with no mods. The Gen 2.5 is new and some do well and some have difficulties. PM Bearcarver if you need to make a quick decision.
-Kurt
post #4 of 11
Go with a 1st gen 40 if you can find one.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
post #6 of 11
Gen 1 40" stainless steel with window is model 20070311. Do a search on Amazon and Academy Sports I believe for about $300 or less/more with free shipping.
-Kurt
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by deuxcv View Post

how do you tell the diff? is it controller on back g1,front g2? or more to it?

is this g1?
http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/masterbuilt-40-digital-electric-smokehouse-with-window/pid-638907?N=851169500&Ntt=masterbuilt+smoker&Ntk=All
Looks just like my Gen 1 40" I wish it would show the large oval water pan to be sure. They said not in stock online and $45 s/h. Try the 20070311 model on Amazon. They usually have inside pics.
-Kurt
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dr K View Post

Gen 1 seems to be favored with the AMNPS in polls taken with no mods. The Gen 2.5 is new and some do well and some have difficulties. PM Bearcarver if you need to make a quick decision.
-Kurt

My Gen 2.5 did very well when I used it last week with the 5 x 8 AMPS lit on both ends because I wanted heavier smoke. I had the Chip Dumper pulled out 2" with dump side turned down. I will be using my Gen 2.5 again tomorrow smoking baby back ribs with Jack Daniels Pellets in the 12" AMTS. 

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Brickguy221 View Post

My Gen 2.5 did very well when I used it last week with the 5 x 8 AMPS lit on both ends because I wanted heavier smoke. I had the Chip Dumper pulled out 2" with dump side turned down. I will be using my Gen 2.5 again tomorrow smoking baby back ribs with Jack Daniels Pellets in the 12" AMTS. 
Is this your second smoke in the 12" AMNPS tomorrow with JD pellets?
-Kurt
post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by deuxcv View Post

how do you tell the diff? is it controller on back g1,front g2? or more to it?

is this g1?
http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/masterbuilt-40-digital-electric-smokehouse-with-window/pid-638907?N=851169500&Ntt=masterbuilt+smoker&Ntk=All

Hi, rather than consider the size, controller location or exhaust locations . All you need to do is look at the door. If it is hinged on the left it is not a Gen 1. All Gen1's are hinged

on the right. This is not the only way just the easiest.  Jted

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dr K View Post


Is this your second smoke in the 12" AMNPS tomorrow with JD pellets?
-Kurt

First smoke with JD pellets was with the 5 x 8 MAZE lit on one end week before last I think it was.  When I used the 5 x 8 MAZE lit on both ends last week, I used Todds Pit Master Mix.

 

This time I will use the 12" tube to hopefully get more smoke. This will be the first time using the tube and second time using JD pellets.

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