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I'm just beginning to look at electric smokers.

post #1 of 8
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From reading the posts I'm getting the impression that many of the electric smokers are basically a starter kit that you get and then you work on them to get what you want.  Is this a fair first impression?

 

If so, which would be a good one to begin with?

 

What I need is something that will handle low temperatures for fish, cheese, and jerky.

 

I have a charcoal smoker but I can't keep the temperatures low enough for the smoked fish recipe I use.

post #2 of 8

I have a MES 40 that I've had for several years.

 

For cold smoking or moderate heat smoking I use an Amazen pellet smoker or the Masterbuilt cold smoker attachment.

 

Both work very well.

 

Al

post #3 of 8

Lots of MES guys here, the one you choose makes a difference. Model #'s ending in 10 or 11 are gen 1 units and generally work well. The Bluetooth MES is a good choice as well. Anything ending in 12 Gen 2 should be avoided and any unit ending in 15 other than the BT is a redesigned 12 Gen2 with most but not all the problems fixed. Purchase one of these with a super great deal only. The Smokin-it smokers are a good choice and generally require less modification. But they are a bit more expensive. I won't pay to use or be limited to somebodies proprietary Pucks to make smoke...JJ

post #4 of 8

I would recommend looking at the Smokin-it smokers.  Very versatile with very few reported problems. 

post #5 of 8

Hi. I just purchased a Smokin-It model #1 as my first electric smoker. The reviews were all quite good. Mine arrives tomorrow. Good luck with your decision!

post #6 of 8
Enjoy.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post
 

I have a MES 40 that I've had for several years.

 

For cold smoking or moderate heat smoking I use an Amazen pellet smoker or the Masterbuilt cold smoker attachment.

 

Both work very well.

 

Al

 

 

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Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ View Post
 

Lots of MES guys here, the one you choose makes a difference. Model #'s ending in 10 or 11 are gen 1 units and generally work well. The Bluetooth MES is a good choice as well. Anything ending in 12 Gen 2 should be avoided and any unit ending in 15 other than the BT is a redesigned 12 Gen2 with most but not all the problems fixed. Purchase one of these with a super great deal only. The Smokin-it smokers are a good choice and generally require less modification. But they are a bit more expensive. I won't pay to use or be limited to somebodies proprietary Pucks to make smoke...JJ

DITTO on what Al and Jimmy said.

post #8 of 8
I recommend the smokin it as well. I use the cold smoking plate and can easily get temperature sarong 65 to 70 degrees.

I also have a dryer fan and often smoke slalom and other fish. Always comes out great.

Mark
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