Originally Posted by bilder
In comparing the cost, I can get a Bradley original with a PID for about the same cost as a MBS40 with Amazin smoke generator. I can buy pucks for the Bradley locally, so I am not too worried about those. If I could score an MBS40 at Sams it would be cheaper, but they are out of stock and do not know when they will get more.
My thing is being able to control temps and to have the ability to leave the smoker running overnight without too much babysitting. How well does the MBS hold temps for sausage and the like?
I checked into Bradley first too, because I thought that puck feeder was a good idea. Then I looked into the price of the pucks. It's not the availability of the pucks that's the problem---It's the cost. The cheapest you can get them is the box of 120 for over $40. That's 3 for a buck. Each puck lasts 20 minutes, unless it jams the feeder (then it lasts longer). That comes to at least $1 per hour. That doesn't sound like a lot of money, but if you're paying $8 for a Pork Butt, do you really want to pay $8 for the smoke to do that one butt?
With the MES & the "A-MAZE-N-SMOKER", you can load the AMNS with sawdust, light it, and stick it in. Then you can turn your MES on, set the temp and the time on your digital control unit, and put your meat in. After about a half hour, you can check that everything is going the way you want---heat right----AMNS smoking good. That's it ! You're good to go! If you have a therm with a transmitter & receiver, and alarm, you don't have to hang around the smoker.
Nobody here will tell you what to do, but many of us do know the MES units. I too would go with the MES 40
Wish my MES 30 would grow up!!!
Just my 2 cents,