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Cabela's MES 40" smoker or "Normal" Version?

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Hello!  

 

I currently smoke with a 30" MES - Has worked great!  The one annoying thing is that it's not wide enough to cook a full brisket - or sometimes a full rack of ribs... So after a bunch of research - I think I'm going to go with a 40" MES - I think it's got the best bang for the buck - Though a Smokin-It Model 3 had caught my eye...  I've found 2 versions of the 40" MES that have my attention...  There appears to be a "standard" Masterbuilt version 20070215  that has a glass door / Bluetooth, etc. etc... There's also a Cabela's version 20071115 that looks more like my 30" MES without the glass door.

 

My question is:  Would spending an extra $100 be worth it to eliminate the glass and get 2 extra racks?  

 

My thoughts are that the glass is place for heat and potentially smoke to escape not to mention a bit of extra time to clean...  However - i'm planning on using an A-Maze-N pellet box in it - So the glass would be nice to see if I lit it properly see if its burned out or something like that... (Though i guess I could tell from the smoke coming out of the unit)

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or opinions that can be shared!  

post #2 of 10

The Smokin-it 3/3D will take quite a load. Racks are 14 1/2 X 21 1/2 inches. Those are fairly large racks; no cramping of cutting meat to fit. 

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Smoke won't escape through the glass anymore than it will a solid door. However glass isn't a great source of insulation so your heating element will work harder than it would if it was behind an insulated door.

That said I have an mes 40, gen 2 (glass door), and a mes 40, gen 2.5 (glass door) and they heat fine. Just use extra energy compared to a fully insulated smoker.

Another thing is after a while I just stopped cleaning the glass windows on both smokers. Pretty much a lazy move but those windows don't do me much good anyhow. More of a car option/upgrade that makes it look cooler but really has no great purpose. And yes that makes it cost more.....

See that "sucker" neon sign lit up above me??? Lol.

As sarge said look at the smokin-it smokers. When one of my mes smokers goes that's where I'm headed.
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Thread Starter 

Thank you both for the opinions!  I Think for the time being - I'm just going to go with the MES with glass - I'll use my A-Maze-N pellet box with it...   For the money and the amount of smoking I do, I think it "fits" me better.  Plus after shipping, it's more than half the price less than the Smokin' it...   Maybe I'll use this as a baby step and get the Smokin' it next...   Or cuss myself for wasting time with the MES instead of just getting the Smokin' it first... 

 

Thanks again!

post #5 of 10
When I bought my MES 30 the last thing I wanted was a glass door--I'm not big on cleaning stuff like that so figured it would be pretty much useless.

As for the AMNPS it will be the best money you've ever spent. A lot of people have great luck putting it right in the MES but I could never keep it burning--and believe me I tried everything. If you have that problem then check out the mailbox mod. I added that option and have never looked back. Its also a great option for cold smoking since you don't have the burning pellets inside the smoker.

Gary
post #6 of 10
Gary,

I can't keep my amazn tray burning in my gen 2 consistently period. No matter how much I moved the chip loaded, or chip tray. Mailbox mod all the way!

But in the newer gen 2.5 I've had good luck keeping the tray on the bottom next to the burner. Probably 90% success rate.
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Ninja,

Good luck with your mes. You can always upgrade later. I've had both the good & the bad with my mes experience.

I was going to buy a smokin-it but one day at work I noticed Amazon had the Blu tooth mes 40 for $318 on a lightning deal. For that price I had to order it. The smokin it I was ready to buy last summer was $850. Sometimes saving dollars makes cents...
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Originally Posted by afr0ninja View Post
 

Hello!  

 

I currently smoke with a 30" MES - Has worked great!  The one annoying thing is that it's not wide enough to cook a full brisket - or sometimes a full rack of ribs... So after a bunch of research - I think I'm going to go with a 40" MES - I think it's got the best bang for the buck - Though a Smokin-It Model 3 had caught my eye...  I've found 2 versions of the 40" MES that have my attention...  There appears to be a "standard" Masterbuilt version 20070215  that has a glass door / Bluetooth, etc. etc... There's also a Cabela's version 20071115 that looks more like my 30" MES without the glass door.

 

My question is:  Would spending an extra $100 be worth it to eliminate the glass and get 2 extra racks?  

 

My thoughts are that the glass is place for heat and potentially smoke to escape not to mention a bit of extra time to clean...  However - i'm planning on using an A-Maze-N pellet box in it - So the glass would be nice to see if I lit it properly see if its burned out or something like that... (Though i guess I could tell from the smoke coming out of the unit)

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or opinions that can be shared!  


I'm Spoiled from having a Window in my MES units for 6 years.

 

I would no longer want a Smoker without that Window.

 

I could see paying an extra $100 to get the Window, but not to get one without.

 

Not hard to clean & not a big heat loss & Zero Smoke Loss.

 

Bear

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Good to know!  I'm going to pick up my MES with window this weekend.  I'll let you guys know how it goes.

 

Thanks for the reply!

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Originally Posted by afr0ninja View Post
 

Good to know!  I'm going to pick up my MES with window this weekend.  I'll let you guys know how it goes.

 

Thanks for the reply!

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