MES 30" vs 40" - cast your vote!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mummel, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. 30"

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  2. 40"

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  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    What size smoker do you prefer and why?
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2015
  2. 40", Bigger Better?, Found a great price on it ($319.99).
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Started with an MES 30, because it's usually only Me & Mrs Bear.

    Found out quickly it doesn't matter how few people.

    Had to cut Rib Racks in Half, cut Briskets in half, and could only get 7 pounds of Beef Stick in at one time.

    Bought the MES 40 the following year, and sold my MES 30 for $50.

    Love my MES 40 for 5 years now!!

    I would have saved some money if I'd have never bought that MES 30.

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2015
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    @Bearcarver  is spot on. I love my 30" but I would replace it with a 40" if I had the money.
  5. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    I agree with Bear, I love my 30 and have had some great smokes on it, but more and more now I'm finding that I wish it were a little bigger. Can't really justify replacing a year old smoker, but when it's time for a new one, it'll be a little bigger.
  6. goensouth

    goensouth Smoke Blower

    Never had a 30 but love my 40 with a household of 4 plenty of room to feed all.
  7. craigdchang

    craigdchang Fire Starter

    I just bought a 30" electric with the window. I wish I bought the 40" electric with the window. Now I want to smoke everything and there is only so much room in the 30" [​IMG]
  8. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    No matter who says different, size matters! It's just the way it is.
  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    40 the only way to go, you can put less in it. But the 30 you can't put more then it can take.JMHO
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    That's what she said.
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  11. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    Now that I have some smokes under my belt, I wish I got the 40
  12. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    All these years later it's still ok to say "that's what she said!"..... Thank you Michael Scott!
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  13. On stick burners bigger is not always better, but for Electric I would go bigger

  14. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I own a MES 30 Gen 1. Like others here, I'm now cooking for only my wife and I (new empty nesters--sob![​IMG]) so 30" is plenty big and it was also cheap which fit my requirements for an entry level smoker. If I could afford it I'd buy a 40" or larger smoker, though, and if I really could afford it I'd be looking at a Cookshack since they're American-made and all stainless steel.

    And as John Wayne supposedly said "That's about the size of it."
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bump for the other Thousands of MES owners on this forum.[​IMG]

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  16. I liked my 30 except that you couldn't cook a whole rack of ribs without either cutting or rolling them. Now my brother likes my old 30 and I love my 40. Also a big fan of the window.
  17. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Isnt the window a pain to clean?  How much can you see inside if it's smoked up?
  18. goensouth

    goensouth Smoke Blower

    Very easy to clean hot water and a Mr clean Magic eraser less than a minute it is crystal clear.
  19. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't have an electric. That said I kick my self for not buying the 22.5 WSM all the time!
  20. reasoning

    reasoning Smoke Blower

    Eh I have a 22.5 wsm and find myself hating it because it's to large for a lot of the smoking I do. Doesn't make much sense to fire it up for 2 chickens, or a single fatty. Normally just use my 22.5 grill and split it with a thick shield of tin foil. But it's nice to have the size at times like cooking a butt and 4-6 racks of ribs for a party

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