First I'd like to say hello to everyone and say thank you for the opportunity to learn from you all and this awesome forum.
Could you help me make a decision on purchasing a new 30" MES?
I'd like to stick to a budget of around $225. My main concern is getting a inferior (generation 2) unit that has been discussed many times on this fine forum. As you are all aware, there are so many 30" MES model numbers and vendors it can very confusing to a inexperienced Masterbuilt consumer.
I've found two models that I'd like to get feedback on, if you'd be so kind.
1) Home Depot $177 + tax
Model # 20070910
Solid Black door
rectangular controller on top rear
large oval water pan
Vent is located at top right
I'm uncertain if the heating element and the surrounding box has some of the problems that have been reported concerning chips not smoking properly. Also, I believe the vent location (top right) may cause some issues with causing uneven heating.
2) Lowes $224 +tax
Model #: 20077915 (JMSS series)
SS front door with glass
Controller built into top front
Small water pan with slanted drip tray- Is it possible to correct this issue by removing the slanted drip tray and have Masterbuilt send me a full size water pan?
Vent located at top left
RF remote control
Grease trap located at the front rather than the rear like some of the older models.
I'm uncertain if this would be considered a generation 2 or 2.5.
Any help would be greatly appreciated on what model would be a better choice for me. I'd rather not spend the money on a new unit and need to make mods. This is the reason I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new unit. If the two models listed above are not good choices please feel free to make any recommendations.
Thanks in advance,
Edited by LJB JR - 4/6/16 at 5:15pm