Can't decide between master built smokers

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bluegoose95401, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. I'm buying a new smoker for my birthday and I can't really decide wich one to buy its between one from lowes or one from Home Depot


    Is one better than the other? What is the diffrance other than control panel location and what looks like 8squre inches of cook space. I can't decide so your guys input will be the deciding factor
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Lowes model is a gen 2, slanted drip pan. It heats a bit more evenly but does not work well with an AMNPS without a mailbox mod. There have been frequent issues with the controller in the past. It has a meat probe but they are rarely accurate.

    HD model is a gen1, oval drip pan. It's an old work horse and thousands out there. the AMNPS pellet tray can go inside or use mb mod. No meat probe.

    Both are ok. Parts for the HD may be easier to get...JJ
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2016
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The two links below will tell you all about the MES Digital Units:

    From the Best to the Worst:

    Masterbuilt Smokers (Bear's Thoughts & Findings)

    MES Generation Number Recognition Pictures & Pics (Digital Units)

  4. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Did you wind up buying either model? My vote goes to the MES 30 that HD was selling. However, Masterbuilt is selling it thru Amazon for the same exact price and with the same free shipping. If you have Amazon Prime you could get it shipped to you within 2 days of purchase.
  5. I decided on the mes 40, but on the way to the store my truck started dumping diesel all over. So I have to spend the money fixing my truck. Oh the joys of being an adult 😡😡😡
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know what you mean. Here's a Tom Hanks quote from a sketch on the Colbert show. He was talking about the lesson he learned from the movie "Big" and how it applies to his life today: ""I learned being older isn't always what it's cracked up to be -- a lesson I'm constantly learning every day at my age. Just yesterday, I tried to jump on one of those big floor pianos and do a dance; I swear I heard my hip snap."  

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