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Hard to beat the Sam's Club Masterbuilt?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
I have an electric Gourmet Brinkmann I have used for the past couple of years. It has gotten to the point I am getting custom jobs from board members, friends, etc.

I wanted to upgrade and after looking at gas vs electric I still am sticking with electric due to high gas use vs electric.

I am leaning towards the Masterbuilt via Sam's Club for total cost of $362.18 Tax, inc. warranty. I think that the next level (SmokinTex, CookShack,) are better but I can't get there from here without spending at least $300 more after shipping to get the same sized capacity. My prefered budget is closer to under $400. Yes I know the new SmkerTaex is $395 but it is half the size plus $30 shipping.

Am I correct or am I missing a secret deal somewhere?
post #2 of 34
What size MES are you looking at, 30" or 40"?
post #3 of 34
Might be a bit of a road trip, but maybe you could work something out with this seller - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...fvi%3D1&_rdc=1
post #4 of 34
I love my MES, very conveient to use at a moments notice. And Sam's 3 year warrantee can't be be beat for 39 dollars.
post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
Sam's is a 40 with the window. Made specifically for and shipped directly from factory to them.
post #6 of 34
If ya like chineese stuff, probably be your best buy. Lots of different forums have alot of gripes about the workmanship and electronic components. I personally know one person wh had to order the top electric unit 3 different times before he got a good one.PDT_Armataz_01_33.gif
post #7 of 34
Gunpowder, I strongly recomend that you read all of the threads & posts in regards to mes issues. In my opinion, the complaints outweigh the praises of that unit. If you do decide to go with the mes, I would keep the Customer Service phone number handy. Chances are you will need it.
post #8 of 34
Thread Starter 
I picked up one today with the three year extend warranty. If it goes bad prematurely I will at least be protected. I just didn't have the cash to go with the 1400 CookShack and wanted the space the 40" provides.

I have read here that they apparently recommend a break-in time before cooking but the instructions don't mention it. Anyone have a link?
post #9 of 34
I think it is 3 hours at 275 then some wood smoke. It is in the manual.

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you need any help with it you can PM me and I would be glad to help.
post #10 of 34
I have a 30 inch MES for 1 1/2 yrs now. Works great.
post #11 of 34
Keep us updated on it's performance and your experiences with it; it may well be my choice when my Cabela's (by Masterbuilt) gives out.
post #12 of 34
I just picked up one of these from Sams Club after looking at them for the past 2 years.

My first smoker was one of the original masterbuilt's that didn't have an exhaust hole or latch to keep the door closed. The results were so so from my first electric smoker I hope to have much better results this time around with all of the improvements they have made.

I ended up taking it back and getting a big box gosm. I love my GOSM but I liked the set and forget of electric.

I am also going to give pellets a try to see if I can get a good smoke ring going.
post #13 of 34
From a previous post of the MES and it's electrical problems look at the front feet on the unit. If the lines go up and down it's from the new supplier and better than if the lines run horizontal. These are the units which are more prone to fail.

post #14 of 34
Mine is fairly new and the lines run horizontal. Hmm.
post #15 of 34
so is mine. bought it in dec 08
post #16 of 34
Thread Starter 
My lines are horizontal. Hmmmm. Well if it kicks the bucket I will probably be returning it for a Cookshack.
post #17 of 34
Well, here is a copy of and email that Kim sent me. Hope this clears up any confusion on this matter.

How to tell which factory made the units:
If the grooves on the leg boots go up and down then it is from the old factory.
If the grooves on the leg boots go left to right they are from the new factory.
Let me know if you need anything else.
Thank you,
Kimberly Ruonavaara
Call Center Service Representative
Masterbuilt Manufacturing
1-800-489-1581 Customer Service
1-706-660-8022 Fax
post #18 of 34
mmmmmm. This is just the opposite from the information shotsky posted after speaking with Tanya Moore, the CS Manager.
post #19 of 34
Yes I know. Maybe I will forward this to Kim. Just sent her an email.
post #20 of 34
Thread Starter 
My model # is 20070508. Wonder if this means model is a 2007 one????

Serial# GM040853
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