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Hi Folks!
Just checking in to say hello! My name is Scott and I'm from Ohio. I've been wanting to get into smoking and sausage making for a while now. I guess you could say I'm doing the research part nowicon_mrgreen.gif I was all set to get a MES and then I began to read the reviewsicon_rolleyes.gif I had myself convinced electric was the way to go for me. I had a charcoal smoker years ago and just gave up. I don't want to sit all day tending. Now I'm more confused than ever! I have some Cabelas gift cards burning a hole in my pocket and want to get started! Any and all advice welcome!!

post #2 of 21
Welcome to smf!
post #3 of 21
from one newbie to another ..........Welcome! ! !
post #4 of 21
Hey Scott WELCOME to SMF. There is a whole bunch of folks using the MES smoker here lots of postings from them on modifications. Look in the Electric Smoker section for more help
Be sure to sign up for Jeff's 5 day course as well. Good luck with the choice
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Welcome to SMF, Scott. Glad you joined us.
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Welcome to the SMF Scott,We are glad to have you onboard
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Welcome, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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post #8 of 21
to the best place on the web dedicated to smoking meat. Hope you like it here. Learn lots, then help others. That's what we're all about here.
post #9 of 21
Howdy & Welcome to the SMF!!
post #10 of 21
First off welcome Scott to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anything to do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #11 of 21
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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Welcome to SMF. There is so much info here on everything BBQ. If you need help, just ask because someone here is goin' to know.
post #13 of 21
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Thanks for the warm welcome folks! Now I need to get serious about getting that smoker!
post #14 of 21
Hello Scott,
Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay!
post #15 of 21
First off, Hello Scott and welcome aboard! Glad you joined us. I don't personally own an electric smoker, but lots of folks here use the MES and seem happy with it. If you don't want to tend a charcoal fire, have you considered a gas-fueled smoker? When I'm not using my charcoal pit, I use a GOSM propane smoker. Very convenient to use, and easy to maintain consistent temps without much labor.
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First of all, thanks for the welcome! I'm not opposed to propane, but my concern is the fuel cost. How many hours per tank do you get? I also read about mods needed so the flame doesnt go out with a breeze. I guess they all have good and bad points. If you dont mind, give me the pros and cons as you see them. Cabelas in Wheeling has a great deal on an upright this weekend. What do ya think?

I'd like to hear fom all of you, so chime in!

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Welcome aboard the SMF! Enjoy your stay.
I bought a MES a few months ago and am quite pleased so far. Make sure you get the new model as they have addressed many of the problems mentioned in the negative reviews.

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Welcome aboard!
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Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I use a 5 Gallon tank, which at current gas prices costs me around 15 dollars to fill. I usually get somewhere between 30-40 hours from one tank. It varies, depending on weather conditions, as well as what temps you're cooking at. I live in N.E. Oklahoma where we get all varieties of weather conditions, wind, cold, rain, etc. I have never had a problem with keeping constant temps in my GOSM. The wind has never caused a flame-out for me, and we get some pretty big winds at times. Bottom line for me is these are great smokers for the price. For less than 200 you can own a brand new GOSM. The one in the Cabela's catelog looks pretty similar to a GOSM. I can't give informed advice about electric models because I have never owned one, so I don't know for sure how susceptible they are to wind and cold.
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Welcome aboard I have had my MES over a month. It works very well I have read the cons. If they happen I will be able to fix. So no big deal for me.
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