I'm new to this forum & oh what a joy it is to gain other individuals knowledge and opinions regarding outdoor cooking equipment, tips, tricks, and techniques. I'm retired Air Force (24 yrs) and located in Florida.
After doing some thorough reading here, I decided on the MES 30" Gen 1 smoker. I purchased model #20071814 from ACE Hardware for a total of $140 (Sale price 149.99 minus $20 for signing up as reward member + $10 tax). I had also purchased model #20070910 from Amazon for $160 total. Both were recently purchased within the last few days..
I mention all of this because a few here had asked the question what's the difference between the two?.
Here are my observations:
20071814 has a built in meat probe and control panel is domed shaped with 6 buttons and has 2 wiring harness attached (main body also has 2 connectors to correspond on top of unit).
20070910 does not have a built in probe and control panel is rectangular shaped with 5 buttons and 1 wiring harness attached (main body also 1 connector to correspond on top of unit).
20070910 - wiring harness connector has 4 wires (white, black, blue, red)
20071814 main wiring harness has 5 wires (yellow wire added....my guess is to display temp reading of meat probe)
20071814 has a bonus kit added which includes a smoker cover, rib rack, and sausage hangar.
The back covers that's are riveted on have a different finishes
Pictures on boxes show door hinges are hidden while they are actually not.
Again, please keep in mind these are only my observations and no way implying these are the standard for these model #s.
Hope some find this useful & thanks to all.
20070910 on left & 20071814 on right w/grill cover, rib rack, sausage hangar in front
20071814 on left with shiny finish w/2 language stickers and 20070910 on right with brushed satin finish w/3 stickers
Note pics on boxes show hidden door hinges but here's actual door hinges....20071814 on right w/meat probe
20071814 box...(That little diamond on the white sticker in the very upper left corner says Ace Hardware Corporation) these model # may be ACE specific units. The Ace store rep said these were just a special & are not normal inventory but 20070910 are with a current price of $229.99
20070910 top view with control panel with 1 wiring harness
20071814 top view with control panel with 2 wiring harness
20070910 body wiring harness w/4 wires
20071814 with 2 harness connectors...Note 5 wires (Yellow added)