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Getting ready to head out and buy my first electric smoker!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by hjsii, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. hjsii

    hjsii Newbie

  2. texacajun

    texacajun Meat Mopper

    The Cajun Injector at one time was made by Masterbuilt. There newer models are not. The one in your link Looks like a Masterbuilt 30''. I would have to wait and see which one you get to tell you if there is any other thing you need.
  3. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    That link does look like a MES30, and the price is good.  Several things to look at IF you are seeing it physically versus ordering online for shipping:

    1.  Does it have an access panel on the rear that can be used to get to the connections for the heating element?  Earlier models of MES did not have that.  It would be in the center of the lower third of the back panel.  There is an access panel to the main wiring that is on the bottom of the smoker.

    2. Does it have a half-width chip tray or a full width one?  Early models had a full width tray -- but couple years ago they reduced it.  There is a modification available from Masterbuilt that can replace the half width tray with a full one.

    3. Does it have a spring latch to hold the door shut?  I don't see it in that picture.  Very early models tried to keep the door shut using magnets.  That was appartently not too successful, and they started putting the latch on about four years ago.  It is possible to refurbish to put a latch on if you are handy.

    Good luck -- hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed mine. 
  4. tjohnson

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

    Looks like a good deal on the Cajun Injector Smoker.

    Scheels is mostly in the Upper Midwest, where do you live?.  If you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin, Fleet Farm has these smokers on sale quite often.

    Looks like it's made by Masterbuilt.

  5. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My only suggestion is to stop by the grocery store on the way home.[​IMG]
  6. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    You're gonna want an A-MAZE-N-SMOKER for cold & warm smoking (and maybe even hot smoking).

    You'll want a good digital dual probe remote thermometer (Maverick 73 or equal).

    Some foil pans.

    Heavy duty foil to cover your drip pan & water pan & wrap various meats.

    Bag of wood chips to use until you get the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER.

    Then before long, you're gonna want the MES 40, because you'll soon outgrow this one.[​IMG]

  7. texacajun

    texacajun Meat Mopper

    I agree with every thing bear said. Get your self a A-Maze-N smoker you will love it.

    The smoker in the link more than likely is a MES 30''. The newer Cajun injector smokers have a door for loading their wood chips not a tray like I see in the link.
  8. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It doesn't matter if that Cajun Injector is a new model MES or the older model.  Either way it is ia good price for a good smoker as long as its a MES, your going to be happy.
  9. tjohnson

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


    How'd you do?

    Did you get it?