I originally had a gen 1 that after a month would randomly shut off. Masterbuilt's great customer service sent me another gen 1 that unfortunately shut off within 30 seconds of plugging it in for the first time. I thought perhaps it was my electrical and gave up smoking for awhile. Finally with winter coming I decided to accept their initial recommendation and received a gen 2. This is now my third unit since April and with all the negative comments on gen 2s I didn't have high hopes.
It turns out my model number is 20075315 and has the vent on the top left not on the side. Additionally the temp control is in the center. It still has the dreaded drip pan but it slides in and out.
Any ideas on how to mod it to be more like gen 1? I still have all the gen 1 parts. Today I unscrewed the shelf mounts in the gen 1 to see if they aligned with the gen 2 screw holes so I could replace and have a holder for gen 1 water pan but unfortunately they did not. I dont feel like screwing new holes in the gen 2. Maybe I can simply remove bottom shelf in gen 2 and put the gen 1 water pan in its place?