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Been Lurking - Question about a new smoker

post #1 of 3
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I have been reading the forum for awhile and have decided to buy a smoker. I am a newbie to smoking. I have been a life long Weber Kettle man and have tried some smokes on it but don't have the time to continue to add coals and babysit the temp.


So I am mow looking at a Masterbuilt 30 inch electric. I just can't decide between the Gen I vs Gen II models   20070910 vs. 20070213


I have read that the gen II doesn't vent well and adds too much smoke flavor in the meat. I have also read though that it is superior in terms of insulation/controls etc.


Any advice on which one to pick. I want the easiest to use model that will make the best tasting BBQ. 


Thanks...appreciate the advice.

post #2 of 3

Yep, smoking on a Kettle can be time consuming.  About the longest I could get mine to hold a steady temp was 90 minutes. 


I can't answer your questions about the MES but I'm sure someone will be along shortly who can.  They are easy to use and VERY popular around here.


So is the WSM.  As a life long Weber Kettle man, if you haven't considered the WSM, take a look at it.  Transitioning from the Kettle to the WSM is a breeze.

post #3 of 3

Everything I've read says go Gen 1 or Gen 2.5.  I'm really happy with my MES 40 BT (albeit some flaws in startup temps).  I would highly recommend it. 

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