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Advice on purchasing a new smoker

mtharvey75

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I have never owned just a smoker unit, usually a grill or grill/smoker combo.... I have been researching and reading reviews and have about decided on purchasing a MES 30 or 40. My only concerns is with electrical issues of the newer models that have the remote and also deciding whether I need the extra space in buying a 40..... Just trying to make sure I make an educated decision don't want to spend $350-$450 on a smoker that's going to have electrical issues and also want to make sure I don't regret not buying the bigger smoker... Any advice is greatly appreciated....
 

chef jimmyj

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Rule #1...What ever you think you need get the next Bigger Smoker! (Thanks Bear)

The newest Gen 2 MES 40 has a lot of problems. Currently, the only places I have found that still stock the Gen 1 MES 40, Model # 20070311 is Academy Sports and Amazon, and it's all Stainless Steel. I have 2 Gen 1's, one almost 3 yrs and one new, no issues. I am not saying the Coil connectors will never go bad on this model but most of the issue you read about are on the '09 and '10 models...JJ
 

mtharvey75

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Thanks for the info.... Something that occurred to me on the eclectical issues, is it more of the heat getting to the components or "drippings" corroding them??.... Curious because I was wondering if there was someway to wrap them in electrical tape to prevent corrosion or failure to them...
 

chef jimmyj

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I believe the breakdown is from poor connections and inferior connectors. Drippings can't get to that end of the coil...JJ
 

chef willie

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This is just my opinion only, and like an a****** everybodys got one. Unless you can find an old generation MES for a coupla hundred bucks I would not go near one. Do some serious comparisions before spending hard earned $$ on a MES. Try to find a store, like Home Depot or Lowes, that has them on display and do some tire kicking....Willie
 

dan - firecraft

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IMHO you can't go wrong with a WSM....will last forever and you don't have to worry about any electrical issues. If going electric I would look at the entry level Cookshacks (US made and amazing cookers) but it is going to be a completely different price range the the MES or WSM. We use some large smokers for competitions here and no matter what I always bring a WSM with us just in case (even though our chicken is always cooked on one;)
 

bama bbq

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IMHO you can't go wrong with a WSM....will last forever and you don't have to worry about any electrical issues. If going electric I would look at the entry level Cookshacks (US made and amazing cookers) but it is going to be a completely different price range the the MES or WSM. We use some large smokers for competitions here and no matter what I always bring a WSM with us just in case (even though our chicken is always cooked on one;)
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