Masterbuilt 30 inch digital smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by redrocker65200, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. My local Lowe's has it on sale for 155.00. The item number on the box is 0673791. Is this a decent deal for a brand new guy trying to get into smoking meat? Is this the one that has all the problems with the heating element? Any input would be awesome.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The Model # 20070915 looks like it may be a Lowes only model. The " 15 " at the end means it was released this year and should be the redesigned unit which should be fine. Model #'s ending in 12 had issues. That looks like a good price. It is $199 in my local NJ Lowes...JJ
     
  3. Thanks JJ. My brother just made some ribs that were a bit fatty and my wife hated them. Not sure a smoker is in my future now. Lol.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    That's not the fault of the smoker... fat is flavor.... after smoking the ribs can be finished cooking in the oven .... I do that very often.....
     
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  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is a  slightly improved version of the original problem-plagued MES Gen 2. It's slightly bigger and has the vent back on the top (left) instead of on the side--which was a big improvement.

    Don't know much else about it. I'd look for a MES 30 Gen 1 (which is what I own) if you can find one locally or online near that price. The Gen 2.5 models--Bluetooth and non--are looking really good but are much more expensive.
     
  7. Is the one on Amazon for 177 the gen 1?
     
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  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member




    This is the Gen 1 ..... Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller
     
  9. Cool. So this is the better one of the two as far as performance and reliability
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [quote name="redrocker65200" url="/t/236711/masterbuilt-30-inch-digital-smoker#post_1478203


    This is the Gen 1 ..... Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller[/quote]

    Cool. So this is the better one of the two as far as performance and reliability[/quote]


    Some of the models have problems... I can't remember for sure... The gen 2 was a PITA... The Gen 2.5 seemed to work OK... I really haven't kept up on how all the different models fare as far as reliability....

    It's best that others tell of their experiences... I have the gen 1 and have modified it severely.... It works very well but is sometimes too small for what I want to do.....
     
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  11. Ok. Thanks for the info. Just getting into this because my bro and bro in law have thrown out so.e quality grub with their smokers but have paid a lot more
     
  12. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bought mine off Amazon 3+ years ago for $189. Two months ago saw a Gen 1 with the redesigned top controller on sale at Tractor Supply Co. for $169. If I was in the market for a new Gen 1 I would've jumped on that deal since there's a TSC in town.
     
  13. topfuel

    topfuel Fire Starter

    How do you know the difference in the GEN1 controllers ? I just received mine from amazon yesterday ?​
     
  14. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The original top controller had a rectangular body. On the updated models it's dome-shaped.

     
  15. topfuel

    topfuel Fire Starter

    I think the original is the dome shaped and the updated is the slanted one. you have it backwards.​
     
  16. Ok. So now I am confused. The one for 177 on Amazon has the square controller. Is that the one they had all the problems with?
     
  17. topfuel

    topfuel Fire Starter

    I don't think so. All the gen 1 I see for sale have the slanted controller. The only place I see the oval buttons on is on masterbuilt site.
     
  18. Hi Gen 1 models all have the door hinges on the right. All others are on the left. The MES 20070910 is the Gen 1 30 'to own if you want a good introductory smoker. It is normally found from 160 ---!80.00 dollars it is not large and you won't be feeding large groups with it but it works very good. Just remember a nice large smoker with lots of volum is twice to 3 times as expensive. Do you want all the bells and whistles or do you want a good all around smoker that has it's space limitations to learn on. IT'S up to you.  Jted
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2015
  19. Just looking to get something to start to learn on. Most of the time it will be me, my son, my daughter and my wife. So something inexpensive and easy to use is key.

    Thanks for the info. Seems like the Amazon one is the way to go.
     
  20. Redrocker, It's hard to critique someones food from the Internet. and I would not do that . There are a lot of variables. The 20070910 will cook ribs very easily. Using the  3-2-1 method one is all but guaranteed great ribs the first time.. Do some research on the AMNPS smoke generator. After your first smoke with chips you will know why 8 out of 10 use the AMNPS and pellets. Just food for thought.

    If you have more questions just ask.  Jted
     

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