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MES 30 analog or digital??

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by rondar, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. rondar

    rondar Fire Starter

    Cabelas has them on sale $160 for analog with legs and digital for $199.I`m lookin to get my first electric in a couple weeks just asking for opinions good and bad on analog and digital.I like the analog because of the legs.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just recieved and used my MES 30 digital. I read all the posts as to some problems associated with it.

    I has performed flawlessly during 3 smokes. Set it and forget it. No hassles.

    I have a Totem that is 20+ yrs old. Modified it with a 1500w counter top burner w/thermostat. I use it for fish only. It performs flawlessly.

    I'm a big help.  Near as I can tell, they all work. Personal choice?

    Be sure to follow up with Q-views when you get her going.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011
  3. You can have greater confidence that the temps stay within the desired range using the digital model, especially when smoking unattended for a long period of time. The digital is less affected by wind and outside temperature changes that may occur during a smoke. Just my experience.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011
  4. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I vote digital & if your budget allows get the 40", you won't regret it.
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Digital you can controll the temps within a few degrees. analog does not have that much controll.

    If you want to raise your MES up ,look at the mods post for MES. Some great carts and mods done.

     I would agree w/ smokin Al, if you budget allows ,Get the 40"
  6. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    I would go digital myself..that way you can really fine tune the temps very easy!