I'm wanting to get back in to smoking and want something lots easier than what I've always used in the past (brinkmann bullet that I added propane burner to). I've been looking at threads here the last couple days and as far as MES goes, looks like you all are talking about the digital ones.
I work IT and when not at work am working on cars, I have a head full of memories of things failing and I don't really appreciate electronics in places where I don't really consider them needed.
I'm thinking of the MES 30 analog from walmart for $150, is it pretty well comparable to the digital ones?
Searching google I found an old thread here saying the analog wasn't insulated, maybe that's changed, the masterbuilt site says insulated and the 2nd link there says it too, this correct? I want to be able to use in winter.
Is the analog one thermostatically controlled? Or just a rheostat inline on the cord? Pics almost look like a simple rheostat on the cord like you'd see on an electric griddle.
If it is just a rheostat does it hold temp pretty steady?
If there's some reason I shouldn't do this one I'm almost thinking if more money is required I'll do the smokin-it 1 or 2 for better build and still avoiding electronics.