Originally Posted by jted
darRcksta, Can I jump in with a question or two.
When one orders a 20070910 that has a rectangular controller pictured is that the one you get or do they ship the round corner one. Are they using a file photo?
Thanks to this forum and others as well as word of mouth The standard gen 1 30 is a very good seller. Think MB realizes that and that is why the keep it in there line up of smokers and the fact it is under 200.00 dollars every day.
I read where Foam said it was a crap shoot about getting a good smoker out of china. I think most will agree but then there is MB's customer service. It's good real good. That sells there other items like the Turkey fryer.
Just a question and something to think about. Jted
Jted. you can always jump in any time with anything you like.
I think it's a crap shoot to get ANYTHING good out of China. Now, my wife and I have been lucky in that 98% of everything we've bought that's Chinese-made has been of high quality. If you look at what Costco sells, I bet they sell close to what Wal-Mart sells in made in China stuff. I can look in our home electronics and just about all of our small kitchen appliances and our kitchen gadgets and they're all made in China. Same thing for all our Halloween, Christmas, and Thanksgiving indoor and outdoor decorations.
If they weren't we couldn't have afforded them unless our incomes were a lot higher. That becomes a circular proposition: if Americans made more they could afford to buy higher-priced Made in USA goods. If Americans bought more Made in USA goods then more Americans would be employed in American factories and other industries and services and wages would be higher enabling Americans to buy more Made in USA goods.
To answer your question about the 20070910, I bought mine from Amazon in April 2012. What I saw was the stock photo with the rectangular controller and that's what I received. My understanding from Bear is that the dome controller model had already been released by then. On the MB site you see the smoker still has the same model #. I don't know if the UPC for both versions is the same, though. So I think if there's a stock photo of the rectangular top controller, that's what you get. If it's the dome, that's what you get. Guys who've recently bought the MES 30 Gen 1 will hopefully weigh in and tell us what they saw and what they received.
As for the Turkey Fryer, I thought a couple of times about buying it because people who deep dry turkeys swear by them. However, my wife roasts an upside-down turkey every Thanksgiving which is the best I've ever tasted. I once grilled over indirect heat a Thanksgiving turkey in my Weber charcoal kettle grill that remains the 2nd best. It was way before I knew anything about wood chips or smoking. I hope to try it again and add either hickory or apple wood pellets for extra flavor.