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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking about going to Cabela's up near St. Louis in a few weeks,and I might buy a "Masterbuilt" Electric Smoker.
The catalog doesn't show the model number but has 640 sq. inches of smoking surface.I know that quite a few members have them and I was just wondering how they like them?They seem to have some good reviews but I would like to hear it from some of the members here then from some strange web site.
post #2 of 34
I have had my stainless MES from cabelas for about a year now and it is great. My only regret is that I didn't get the bigger model at sam's when they still carried them. I really seems to be my goto smoker when I'm just smoking for the family.
I have seen several other members that have them also so I bet there will be several add to this posting.

post #3 of 34
I've got the same size MES as lawdog. It seems to work well for me. I like not needing to watch the temps so closely. My schedule can be sort of "spontaneous" and sometimes I have to leave on short notice. With the MES I can just ask my wife or daughter to keep an eye on things for an hour or two.

The only drawback (IMHO) is that the thermostat only goes up to 275° so if you are trying to get crispy chicken skin in the smoker you are out of luck. I adapted by pulling the chicken about a half hour early and finishing it in a 350° oven.

That's my $.02 worth. Hope it helps.
post #4 of 34
Thread Starter 
If the only drawback is not getting crispy skin on chicken I won't have a problem with that.
For the price I thought there might be some small drawback,as long as they are only minor ones.icon_wink.gif
post #5 of 34
I think I'm getting a black MES this weekend at Cabelas. Should look sweet next to my Kamado. Do they make a cover for it? It will be under cover, but I'd like to keep it extra protected. I guess I can get a generic one if nothing else.
post #6 of 34
I did read somewhere that one of the other brand covers for E-smokers ( I think bradly) fits the MES real well, I think....

post #7 of 34
I just got a black masterbuilt and luv it !! I just got started in smoking (hot) and anyway I have no regrets. PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #8 of 34
I bought the black MES at Cabelas today. I don't think I'll get a chance to try it out until next weekend, but I'm looking forward to it.
post #9 of 34
I have a 30" and a 40" MES; very happy with both of them.
post #10 of 34
Thread Starter 
I can't wait a few weeks to get it,I'm going this morning to get a "Masterbuilt."I think I'm going for the black model for cost reason's.
post #11 of 34
nope they don't, but my little lady is planning on designing one for mine, it's nice having a seamstress in the family biggrin.gif
post #12 of 34
i see wally world online has added the 30 inch mes for 188.
post #13 of 34
I have a gasser masterbuilt it is a good smoker but seldom use it. I dont really care for an electric had a brinkman once.
post #14 of 34
I have been eyeing the MES and they seem like a damn nice smoker....Just waiting to find a deal on them...Would like to find a 40" around here, but haven't seen any as of yet...
post #15 of 34
Thread Starter 
I bought a black MES last Friday from Bass Pro for $199.99.I went there a few days earlier but were sold out and said they would have more in on Sunday,but I'm glad I went Saturday since they came in Saturday instead.
They could only get 7 of them and when I got there they only had 5 left,I got one and there was another guy getting ready to get one.So I'm sure if I waited until Sunday they would of been gone.icon_frown.gif
I have a bottom round smoking now,qview will follow I hope.PDT_Armataz_01_29.gif
post #16 of 34
OK, I'm finally a true member of the smoke club now, mine arrived yesterday, a stainless 30 for 239 delivered!
post #17 of 34

big c

i have the 40" smoker from bass outlets , its great and it does come with a good cover in the box , so far its awsome , its nice to be able to do other things when smoking ,i have a brinkman and it gets old trying to keep up the temp .
post #18 of 34
Welcome new MES owners to the MES owners club. SMF is a fantastic support site for MES with so many MES owners checking the forums daily.

BTW, I am very happy with my Sams 40" SS MES. My purchase was in mid June 08 order via online at Sams Club.

I do plan on adding a Smoke Daddy Smoke Generator or something similar to my MES. I want to basically set the temp turn on the smoke and leave it for 6 or more hours, so I can get some sleep. Personally I have done the all-nighters and a little sleep is nice.
post #19 of 34
I'm unfamiliar with the cold smoke generators, but have a 40" MES and need something to cold smoke. This sounds like it will do the trick.
To install it, would you have to drill a hole in the MES, or just put the generator inside the MES cabinet?
post #20 of 34

Smoke Daddy Smoker

Hi Group
To answer your question all you need is a 5/8†hole to mount the Smoke Daddy to your smoker. It is mounted on the outside so you can refill it without having to open the door. I’m very happy with the response I have gotten in the past year since I have been offering them. I offer 3 different sizes. Patent Pending
Thanks Dennis AKA Porky Pa http://porkypas.com
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