I am wanting to get an electric smoker!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by gotcha929, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. gotcha929

    gotcha929 Newbie

    Hey I have a question I am in the market for an electric smoker, I have been smoking meats for the last 5 years with a offset smoker. Now I am looking into getting an electric smoker. Just wondering what brand most of you like. I know it's between a Bradley or Masterbuilt and even considering a traeger. Just was wanting some opinions. Thanks
  2. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm outta the MES loop here cuz i have Bradleys.

    I had a Traeger to, good for wood fired bbq.
  3. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Love my masterbuilt. Go the 40 at the price you lucky guys get them.AMZPS a must have.
  4. I've got an MES 40 and love it!
  5. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    I love my MES 30. Haven't had any problems at all. Get the 40 if you can afford it.
  6. da maxx

    da maxx Fire Starter

    MES30 is first and only smoker. Has been great experience. Bradleys have good features cold & hot smoke built in. Just seems expensive to operate with their smoke pucks. AMNPS would probably work. What\how will you smoke the most ? That will probably help in the decision making. Won't go wrong with the MES.
  7. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have the cajun injector electric smoker. It works great for me. As a replacement I would go with the masterbuilt 40. If you get the AMNPS to go with it, it is set it and forget it for hot or cold smoking! Tod's product is awesome!

    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  8. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Moving from charcoal/wood smoker to electric for some is a big deal.  For ease of smoking and operation the better electrics are hard to beat.  If you read this SMF electric forum going back at least 10 pages, you will see the MES is the smoker used by more members than any other.   The main reason is serious bang for buck product and performance.  Since I am a MES 40 owner, and have not owned or operated any other electric smoker, I am biased, so the following comments are one man's opinion.

    The MES 40 is a serious smoking meat tool.  What separates the MES 40 is that even though it is not a large smoker, the size and capacity allow you to smoke a rack of ribs or chicken for 2 people, or enough ribs for 50 people, and pulled pork for 100.  Thats right unlike many small compact smokers that require you to either roll or cut a rack of ribs to fit on the shelf, the MES 40 is big enough that you can lay a rack of ribs uncut on a shelf.  In addition if you use vertical rib racks with 4 shelves in the MES 40 you can easily smoke 16 racks of ribs.

    Another feature that separates the MES product is innovation, Masterbuilt has upgraded the MES product line with several improvements over the years, glass door, meat temp probe, improved wiring, higher wattage heating elements, to name a few improvements.  Since I don't own another electric smoker it is difficult to speculate if other brands make such an effort to improve their smoker?

    MES or "M aking it E asy to S moke meat", I have owned mine for 5 years and it still is going strong after some serious use.  Does that mean the MES is the end all of electric smokers?  Not really, some MES owners received "dogs" , some really defective equipment.  In general though Masterbuilt support has done an excellent job of making sure it's customers are happy with their MES smokers, including taking care of owners if their MES is defective.
  9. badbob

    badbob Smoke Blower

    I have only been smoking meat and making sausage for about 6 months and the guys on this site recommended  the MES 40AMNPS and a Maverick ET-732. I followed their advice and couldn't be happier with the results! Good luck to you!
  10. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I run my Bradley 6 rack with a PID controller, installed a rear fan. This keep my temps constant. I use both my AMZNS & AMZNPS in my Bradley with 0 issues. You can see the fan at the back just above the tray.




  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I been firing Charcoal for 20+ years, bought a MES40 and an AMNPS. It don't get any easier. I hate to be tied to using one companies product like Bradley Biscuits...JJ
  12. bigfish98

    bigfish98 Smoking Fanatic

    JJ hit it on the head!  I couldn't bring myself to buy a smoker that I would be stuck using a certain type of fuel.  I have the same set up as JJ and I love it!

  13. larrym

    larrym Meat Mopper

    I have one of the older analog MES 30's, it was my first and so far only smoker,, though I do play around with a Weber kettle grill.  I purchased the AMNPS and a Maverick 732, this combination works great for our family get togethers.  I have smoked 20#'s of PP at one time, that feeds a lot of people :)
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have a SmokinTex 1400 that I bought because they built them for restaurants in the beginning. I am very happy with it but it is pricey at $495
  15. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I have an electric UDS. Works like a charm.
  16. I have a smokin-it model 1 and love it it's built like a tank with replaceable parts
  17. I have a Traeger 075 and though it works excellent for smoking meats it does not get cool enough for sausage just waitng to see how the 2012 models look I am looking at the MES 40 for that. Already have the AMNPS and highly recommend it. Btw, Nepas, do you think the dual probe pid is worth the extra cash?

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