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I know Masterbuilt is the one to buy. BUT is there any model I should shy away from?? We are fix to buy one from Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas. What do yall recommend?? My budget around 250. Thank for your help
Hi there and welcome!I know Masterbuilt is the one to buy. BUT is there any model I should shy away from?? We are fix to buy one from Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas. What do yall recommend?? My budget around 250. Thank for your help
Yep that will do the trick up to 230F for sure.I bought a once used MES30 of CL for $30 off CL and added the amazn and the below $40 pid and it holds temp perfectly
why only 230F? this claims 572F I have held higher temps than 230Yep that will do the trick up to 230F for sure.
It always baffles me why some of these controllers can support the amperage/wattage requirements (15A 1500w+) but the max number it can have punched in doesn't go up higher hahaha.
Description here is where I got it:why only 230F? this claims 572F I have held higher temps than 230
OK, that was my confusion, the one I bought was the one you referenced.
I agree- Ive had an MES for 10 years- it finally died and theres no replacement parts, so .....in search of a new smokerHi there and welcome!
There are 2 types of Masterbuilt electric smokers. The Digital known as an MES and the Analog.
Digital has a digital electronics panel, is insulated, and only goes up to 275F degrees. It also comes in 2 sizes, the smaller 30" and the larger 40".
Analog has no digital electronics of any kind, it only has a dial on the plug to control heat. It has I think a high limit of 400F degrees but I cant remember.
Let us know if it is an Analog unit or a Digial (MES) unit. If a Digital MES unit then are u looking at a 30" or a 40".
Now, I have done this electric smoker song and dance for a little while now. The best you could probably buy off the shelf or order would be a Smokin-It "D" model (like 3D, etc.) but u will pay out the nose for it.
Personally I think the best electric smoker is a used MES 40" (MES40) you get off Craigslist.org or Facebook for like $40-$50, wash out at the car wash and do a simple rewire to it. Then use a $150 PID controller + the A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker (AMNPS) tray with pellets for smoke. All us electric guys use the AMNPS + pellets or dust anyhow because it's freaking awesome!
So for roughly the same cost that you are going to spend for new you can get a full setup that out performs any brand new Masterbuilt you could ever buy.
If this is all gibberish to you then don't worry about it and go with what will make you happy because that is what matters the most :)
Which MES do you have that has finally died?I agree- Ive had an MES for 10 years- it finally died and theres no replacement parts, so .....in search of a new smoker
The 230F limitation is typically the insulation on the wires going to the temperature probe. You can use them slightly higher, but the probes may not last as long. You definitely want to use a very generous bend radius on the probe wiring after these probes have gone overtemp a few times....Could be a bad description, was just going off that though.