Cold Weather Climate and Looking for a MES

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by sluggo, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. sluggo

    sluggo Newbie

    Hi everyone,

    I am new to SMF so thanks for all the wonderful information! I am looking to get a MES, but I live in WI so I want to know if I should be worried about the cold weather. In particular, I am looking to get the 30" black MES from Cabela's @ $199.

    Will the heating element be strong enough, os should I get something different?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's 2° today in Minnesota, and I'm smoking in my 40" MES.  I own (2) and run them almost every day, sometimes for 24 hours.

    For another $100 you can get a 40" at SAMS Club.  It's bigger, 1,200 watt element and has the new wireless remote.

    Todd
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Todd is right on getting the bigger one - you will not regret it

    Todd - love the new Avitar!!!
     
     
  4. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    I live in central SD and we are in the single digits as well right now and have the MES 40" w/1200 watt element and have no problems smoking this time of year.  I would get the 40" so then you don't find yourself having to cut down ribs or briskets.  Besides with all the projects you find here its always nice to say I have room while I'm doing supper to do a batch of Dutch's beans or try smoked nuts or whatever.
     
  5. sluggo

    sluggo Newbie

    Thanks all for the feedback! I am pretty set on the 30", as I don't have a whole bunch of folks to cook for and I could use the $100 on something else.

    Is there any advice for using an extension cord with a MES? I saw someone on Amazon saying unless you have an "industrial" extension cord the element might not heat fully...is that a bunch of BS?
     
  6. Sluggo: check Walmarts website for the MES 30..i picked one up in January for 159.00. Only 12.95 to ship to my home in northern Wisconsin. Great smoker and the 800 watt element works awesome  on our cold winter days.
     
  7. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    I don't know about "industrial" but I wouldn't use a cheap indoor extension cord. I got my MES 30 at Lowes for $179.00. Don't forget to get yourself an a-maz-n smoker also, you won't regret it and it works great with MES smokers.
     
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have an MES 30, but I semi-retired it for my new MES 40, for all of the reasons mentioned above.

    Size---------------Much more room.

    Power------------My 1200 watts is Great for PA in the Winter, with plenty of extra HP.

    Extras------------Glass door, wheels, remote control, light, built in meat probe.

    The new MES 40 is just flat out AWESOME !

    And like Porked said, don't forget to get an AMNS !  You'll never regret it.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You do need a good quality extension cord so you dont cause a fire or ruin your smoker
     
  10. sluggo

    sluggo Newbie

    Well, the 30" MES is fired up and seasoning! Looking forward to learning more here at SMF!
     
  11. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    That was fast, congrats!
     
  12. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

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  13. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Great!!

     Don't worry about the space.

    Put my handle in the search tool and look at at the smokes I have done with my liitle ol 30.

    I did have to cut some ribs racks in half ..but it had no effect on how they turn out!!

      Have a great day and have fun!!

      Craig

    I highly reccomend getting an amazen.
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  14. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Go...Go....Go!!

    Todd
     
  15. sluggo

    sluggo Newbie

    Today was a good day...new MES 30" and now an Amazen is heading my way for a pork butt next weekend!!!
     
  16. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Yaaaaaa!!! Make some ABTs and chicken thighs while you're waiting..

     Craig
     
  17. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congratulations, don't forget to post plenty of Qview...
     
  18. sluggo

    sluggo Newbie

    Well, i could not wait so I had to smoke 4 chicken breasts (bone in) with some rub from Cabela's. They took about 2 hours and were smoked with a mix of apple and hickory...my wife and I loved them!![​IMG]
     
  19. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good there Sluggo, this addiction is hitting you fast and hard!
     
  20. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man you came a long way fast!   [​IMG]
     

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