Newbie to this forum, I’m doing my research, lots of interesting things to learn but still have a few questions.
A couple of years ago I sold my condo to buy a house so that I can finally have a BBQ J I’ve been quite happy with it but it’s time to move to the next level. I’ve been planning the purchase of a smoker.
I went through multiple options over the last year. The only thing I was sure is I I wanted something easy to handle for long periods of time. At first, I really wanted propane but then after some reading I figured it might not be the best option. I then figured out the Bradley was the next best thing but I don’t like the fact that I would be stuck with proprietary pucks.
I then found this forum and it has been great. Really instructive material and it helped me settle for a MES 40 with an AMNPS. I do have some questions however and I couldn’t find clear answers (I might have missed it).
I live in Canada so the retailers are more limited. I might do a little bit of cross border shopping but at the moment, the item I’m planning to buy is this one from Amazon Canada (Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller Smoker with Viewing Window and RF Remote Control, 40-Inch). I don’t think I’m allowed to post a direct link as per the forum rules but it typically sells for $CAD 592. Is this the latest generation (without Bluetooth)? The part number is 20075315.
I do have an enclosed space on the side of house which would cut the wind but it is surrounded on one side by a wood fence and on the other side by vinyl siding. Does this unit stay cool on the outside (I imagine at 5F in Winter it will)? I would built a proper support to raise the unit and a cover to block snow and rain but want to be sure that the vinyl won’t melt due to heat or the fence catch on fire…. I read the manual and there is cryptic diagram with dimensions but it’s nothing but clear so I’m looking for some opinions here. How much clearance should I have around the smoker?