Super confused about the MES 40 - 2011, 2012, new generation, old generation???

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by fat_46, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. I'm looking to augment my UDS with an electric here in Minnesota.  I've searched, read, and read some more...and I'm more confused than when I started!

    I like the features of the MES 40.  That being said- Amazon says 3-6 months shipping on the "new generation", leading me to believe it really isn't available, while the "old generation" is available.  Masterbuilt's web site shows out of stock on 2 different 40" models.  Walmart can ship to store, but which version will I be getting?

    Which of the 3 wattages I see here is correct?  800?  850?  1200?

    I'm fully prepared to spend $600-700 on a smoker, Maverick thermometer, and tube smoker, but I want to know what I'll actually be getting with a MES 40.

    ***qualifier***  I'm new here.  I've lurked alot, and have given an honest effort to searching for the answers.

    I want to smoke fish, pork, beef, sausage, fatties, turkey, and chicken.  Maybe cheese on occasion. 

    Thanks in advance(and if i should be looking at a different smoker, please let me know).
  2. Have you looked at the Smokin-IT smoker? The #3 will probably fit your needs and in my not-so-expert opinion, is probably a better smoker.
  3. Funny you mention that Once A Marine - I was just researching the Smokin-It #3, and believe I've changed my mind.  It looks like it will do everything I need(once i add a few hardwood sausage dowels) and isn't significantly enough more money for me to worry about. 

    I'm "this close" to pulling the pin on the #3, just trying to figure out if I need to pull it inside for the winter(space in the garage is a consideration) or if the cover will suffice.

    Thanks for the input.
  4. And the Smoken-It is out of the question.  $131 fedex Ground shipping on just over $500 worth of product is not something i can stomach.  Only shipping from Ohio to Minnesota, but...
  5. fireguy24

    fireguy24 Newbie

    I have the 40 inch new gen it's 1200 watts,ordered it for Amazon with free shipping For $308.00
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have a Old Generation with a 1200 Watt Coil. Search out Model # 20070311 all Stainless Steel and you should be happy. I don't experiense MN winters but mine sits on the covered balcony year round with just a Plastic Container covering the Electronics, Rain and Snow, no issues...JJ
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Have my MES 40 for 2 + years, and I love it.

    Best things about it:

    All Stainless Steel (inside & out).

    Remote control good for over 300 feet.

    Glass viewing in door (easy to clean).

    Very well insulated.

    Needs 5 X 8 AMNPS for up to 11 hours of continuous perfect smoke.

    Needs Digital remote therm, like ET 732.

  8. I've got the Old Gen MES40 and absolutely love it. It is in a home built cabinet sitting outside year round. I smoked a pork loin roast yesterday with temps outside in the low 20's.
  9. Thanks(sincerely) to all who responded.  This is a great forum!

    I ordered a MES 40 Old Generation, cover, and Maverick 732 from Amazon.  Smoker and the 732 will be here Friday, cover on Saturday.  I just took Friday off for assembly and seasoning!

    1 brisket left in the freezer, so its time to get it out for a Saturday run!
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  10. lu1847

    lu1847 Smoking Fanatic

    Love my gen 1 MES 40 had it over a year now and had a 30 before that. You should be happy with it. Just like anything once you learn to use it and how it acts it is a great little elec. smoker. Let us know what you think. Definitely want the remote thermos. And the amnps.
  11. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    [​IMG]   X2 on everything Bear said...and I don't store mine outside, it sleeps in the garage.


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