I need an electric smoker for about $200. Evidently there are a thousand models (well, hundreds in that price range). I was recommended an MES gen 2 but that was $275....was hoping to get closer to $200...and not have a POS. Any other suggestions?
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I also agree with buying the MES 30 Gen 1. It's the best electric smoker you can buy for under $200. I've had mine for over three years and it's working great. I smoke with wood pellets instead of wood chips.
How much did that warranty cost? $229 is very high for this smoker. I paid $189 with free shipping 3.5 years ago and that price was high at that time. You can still find this smoker on Amazon for between $139-189.
189 for smoker, 24 for 4 year replacement warranty, plus tax.
I paid less for mine, but they are still popular and seem to fluctuate in price. If Walmart sells it for less, I get a refund on difference.
Thanks for the clarification. I'm hoping that if I continue to take moderately good care of my MES 30 it'll last past next year. I think of all the guys who regularly post here @Bearcarver and @Chef JimmyJ know the most about the longevity of the MES Gen 1 smokers.