Originally Posted by candurin
Can you find a part number on the item or your packaging slip? I see there are three different shelf part numbers from MB. One is 20101513 and this is the one that is available for $16 at Home Depot. The other is 20100814, which lists for $40 on the MB website. There is yet another model number, 20101613, which is available from a number of places for around $25.
I'm still trying to determine the difference between them. It would appear as though they are specific to different models of smokers (but, I bet some may be cross compatible).
I'm comparing both online now. There's a subtle difference between the two shelves. They're both solid steel construction. The one sold by Home Depot may be an older design and perhaps that's why the price is much lower than on the MB site. Note the two holes on the top left side.
Now, this is the one sold on the MB site:
Note the two white holes on the end of the bar. From what I read, the original (I guess it's the one sold at HD) didn't fit ALL 30" and 40" electric digital smoking models and this is a re-design. I found the 3rd model you mentioned on Amazon. That description lists the special three MES 30 & 40 models that it fits. Looking at the photos, I think it's too small to meet my needs. It's designed mainly to hold gloves or bottles of sauces, mustards, ketchup,or spices which is something I don't really need. I think if you try to place food on there the weight would start to tip the smoker over onto its side. I always place my MES 30 on a small card table and if I place it far back enough from the front of the table I have all the room I need for gloves and even placing a serving platter down on the table in front of the smoker. If I need more working space I have a small resin table nearby.