Masterbuilt Elite electric smoker-should I buy it?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mutterback, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Hi all,

    I just registered on this forum and posted my introductions as a newbie. I'm looking into buying this smoker on a Craigslist ad. I've read plenty of good and bad reviews about it, so I'm really not sure if I sure get it. It seems that most of the complaints are with the 2nd gen model and I'm not sure which this is. I haven't looked at it yet. This is the only picture posted with the ad. Should I buy it? [​IMG]
  2. ladygt

    ladygt Fire Starter

    That is the 2nd generation unit.  I purchased a brand new one and it was defective out of the box. If you read the many posts on the forum, many of them had to be either repaired or modified.  Of course the manufacturer will replace the parts, but do you really want the inconvenience? If you are serious about it, I would have the owner prove to you that it works properly. Be aware that the temperature probe probably is not accurate.

    Personally, if the owner couldn't take the time to clean the unit while trying to sell, I would pass. That looks nasty.
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wouldnt say that. My 1 st gen is 10 years old, board still good.

    To the op, that is a second gen. I would stay away from that one.
  4. Thanks for the info. I was definitely intending on being sure it works. Even so, I'm kind of on the fence about it still.
  5. If I don't purchase this one can some of you please throw out some recommendations to me or perhaps steer me towards the pertinent threads?
  6. I should add my apologies for my vagueness when asking for recommendations. I've spent a lot of time browsing this forum and it seems like the more I read, the more confused I am as to what I want. So right now I have no idea.
  7. It depends on the price. As has already been said the first generation has a better  track record. That is not to say that non of the second generations work. As far as using your oven to cook then finisihing it in a smoker and getting the same results I have a very hard time with that statement. Meat will take on a more smoke at the lower temperatures and a lot of people appy smoke the entire time me being one of them  I also don't find much of a smoke ring with an oven.I would like to see this come out of an oven.

    Happy smoken.

  8. I will stick with using a smoker for smoked meats and my oven for a pie.

    Have a great day and happy smoken.

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I Agree with everything David said.

    Also: Smoking is a problem if people use too much smoke, but as you & most others on this forum know, it's not how long you smoke that is bad, it's how heavy you smoke. You could do most of your cooking in the oven, and then smoke for just a short time with too heavy a smoke, and it would still taste terrible like licking a chimney.

    Also putting pellets directly on an MES element is not recommended by Masterbuilt, as we all know.

    It's not how much or how often you smoke that is bad for you, it is "How" you smoke that could be bad for you.  

    The name of the Game is "TBS" !!!  TBS !!  TBS !

  10. dave from mesa

    dave from mesa Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

  11. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd avoid any MES but that's just me. I'd advise looking into a Smokin' It line of electric. The #1 is pretty cost effective & there is a #2,3 & 4 now. They are clones of the Cook Shack line at about half the price. I have a #3 and am very happy as are others on here. Of course, budget is everything in most cases....Willie
  12. I'll agree with Chef, and if the higher end electric models are in your range you might try researching those first. But, my MES30G1 is the best thing that's ever happened to me for smoked meat. I do a lot of smoked sausage and the digital controls have made that possible. I got mine for $135 from Amazon as Use - Like New (it was spotless when I got it), and it's been amazing. Add the AMNPS and I can smoke whatever I want hands free for up to 12 hours and make some amazing stuff!

    For the price, there isn't a better electric smoker on the market....there's just no getting around that fact.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You're confused because so many people had trouble with the Gen #2 MES.

    And others get confused & tell people MES smokers are bad, because they don't seem to know the difference.

    Those of us who have MES Gen #1, like me (mine is 4 years old), or cfarmer (10 years old) love our Gen #1 MES units.

    So if you want an awesome electric smoker at the best price you can get for the size & ability, get an MES Gen #1 smoker.

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    Happy smoken.

  15. For the people reading this thread I wanted to let you know that a few comments have been removed because we had someone posting stuff that should not have been posted. The Great staff at SMF removed their post but left what me and others said in reply to their childishness.

    I hope everyone has a great day and as always

    Happy smoken.

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2014
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  17. I was wondering where that post went [​IMG]
  18. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What's the asking price? For me, I'd stick with a new smoker and not a used one. You don't know if the used one had problems or if the owner might have misused it or what types of mods he might have made.

    It also depends on how much you had planned to spend for a smoker.
  19. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Mutterback, I've been saying for a long time that, in my opinion, Masterbuilt electric smokers are the best value at their price points. I bought my MES 30 digital Gen 1 over two years ago and it's worked great. I bought the barebones model--no window, remote control, stainless steel exterior--and I haven't needed or missed any of those features. I never comment about the Gen 2 models because I don't own one and I don't like making statements based on heresay.

    Good customer service is essential when buying smokers or any appliance and Masterbuilt provides top customer service from my own personal experience. The last I heard a tech support guy was advising members on issues in this forum through private messages. He sure helped me a few times. As far as I know no other company is offering that here.

    My Masterbuilt more than suits my needs but other guys have bought more expensive smokers like Smokin-It, Bradley, Landmann, and others. Check them out and read their reviews. I still say that the MES 30 Gen 1 is a bargain for a great electric smoker.
  20. Thanks for all the replies. This thread has helped me figure it out in my head what I want. Now that I finally have a chance to respond myself. The price is $150. I'm guessing the finishing it off in the oven comment is in response to the deleted comment that I didn't see. That's not what I'm looking for either. 

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