Looking for a new Smoker. Advice on this one?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by justinkp, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Hi.   I've been smoking for about 4 years and my first smoker finally quit.   Not on it's own, we had a bad storm and the wind was so strong it actually picked up the smoker and threw it across my deck and everything inside is destroyed along with a nice dent in the smoker itself.    It was time for a new one anyhow!  

    I was looking at the following smoker.  30 inch electric which matches the one I used to have.  This one has a window and remote control though which is really helpful to me.      I'd like to go no more than $300 on my budget.     I usually cook brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and sausages.   The only thing I think I'd need to buy in addition to the smoker below would be the sausage hooks to hang the sausage on.  I use cherry and hickory wood for my beef  and pork, and apple for chicken currently.  


    Any suggestions on something that would be a better option for me or even less expensive?   Thanks
  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I think you can get a first gen. 30 for like 150 bucks I saw somewhere.  That would leave you some cash for accessories. Or a bunch of meat. The window is not really needed and you could save some money without that. There are about half a million mes owners on this website. The search bar at the top of the page is your friend here.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2015
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If your not set on a window, there's this MES gen 1 for $177. I have this one & it works fine, just get a separate therm for temps as the temp in this is way off from what the stock therm says !

  5. Waterin, I think you bring a great point.  My old smoker was a MES similar to the one you linked, and I kept thinking the wireless thermometer I bought for it was all jacked up because it showed 300 degrees when I had the smoker set to 150.  Im wondering if its the smoker itself?
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    All the masterbuilt models have crap thermometers. A maverick or other good probe setup is just a great investment and you can even use it in the house.
  7. Most of the smokers that are at the big box stores have cheap thermometers that are not that accurate, Replace it or add a good one

  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    If I was spending $300 I would try and stretch the budget to go with the 40" gen 1. It is $310 at Amazon.


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