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40" Digital MES

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Thread Starter 
Hi all,im looking to upgrade from my el cheapo,craigslist offset smoker to an electric one. Orchleans,my local farm store has them for 399 and have 90 day layaway,which is perfect for me and my budget. Eventually id like to get a traeger but right now i cant afford it. Does anyone have one? This is my first electric and i need any and all advice and tips. Also,can anyone tell me which gen it is...heres a pic
Thanx guys
post #2 of 11

Go for it, I also had a craigslist offset I purchased for $30 lol. But after 1 summer of that I purchased the MES30, I use it alot. There are a few cons(in my own opinion) I never liked wood chips bc they burn to fast so I have always just small chunks, and now use a DIY A-maze+N pellet smoker(check my latest thread for images). The MES is a set it and forget it until you have to add wood which is about ever hour. If you purchase a A-maze+N pellet smoker, it is in its truest form and "set it and forget it smoker". hope this helps.

post #3 of 11
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I think im going to...
post #4 of 11

Looks like Gen 2.

post #5 of 11

Personally I wouldn't get that one.

Besides the fact that it isn't a very good price, that is one of the original Gen #2 units with the slanted drip plate & the top vent is in the side.

 

If you want an MES 40, look for a Gen 2.5 BT, or a Gen #1.

 

 

Bear

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by mummel View Post
 

Looks like Gen 2

 

 

 They are not the first choice and $399 is no bargain.  Looks like Academy Sports still has the Gen 1, All Stainless 20070311 for $350 and at Amazon you can get the Blue Tooth for $50 more than what you are looking at.You may find it cheaper if you look around...JJ

post #7 of 11

I bought a MES 30 Gen 1 some time ago, and have never looked back.  I always use an AMNPS--unless I'm dumb enough to run out of  pellets--then I use some chips in the MES chip box.

 

Gary

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by ksnewbie88 View Post

Hi all,im looking to upgrade from my el cheapo,craigslist offset smoker to an electric one. Orchleans,my local farm store has them for 399 and have 90 day layaway,which is perfect for me and my budget. Eventually id like to get a traeger but right now i cant afford it. Does anyone have one? This is my first electric and i need any and all advice and tips. Also,can anyone tell me which gen it is...heres a pic
Thanx guys

 

 

This may help explain it:

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/235820/masterbuilt-smokers-bear-s-thoughts-findings

 

 

Bear

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
My issue with your suggestio is im on a tight budget,hence the el cheapo ive had for 4 years. Ive gotta do layaway and this is the only one ive been able to find @ a store with layaway.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by ksnewbie88 View Post

My issue with your suggestio is im on a tight budget,hence the el cheapo ive had for 4 years. Ive gotta do layaway and this is the only one ive been able to find @ a store with layaway.


I understand that, but Personally I wouldn't pay $20 for a Gen #2.

 

I've seen too many people get one before knowing about them, so I'm telling you ahead of time.

 

Bear

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by ksnewbie88 View Post

My issue with your suggestio is im on a tight budget,hence the el cheapo ive had for 4 years. Ive gotta do layaway and this is the only one ive been able to find @ a store with layaway.

Whether you make payments to the store or put the same $10 a week under the mattress, you won't have a smoker until you get all the funds together. So pay layaway or save up, it's the same...JJ

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