1. Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

MES 30" smoker models?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by aelmer, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. aelmer

    aelmer Newbie

    Hi everyone

    I'm just about ready to pull the trigger on an MES30 and was hoping someone could clarify the difference in the  two versions of this I've seen and the upgrade kit.

    At Lowes they currently have the 20070106 in limited stock for $179. I believe this is the older model and the newer one is the 20070910. Based on the reading I've done my understanding is that the older model does not have a replaceable heating element but reliably produces smoke. The newer model has a replaceable heating element but has issues with not producing smoke which led Masterbuilt to offer an upgrade kit. The upgrade kit looks like it converts the newer one into the way the older one worked.

    Can anyone verify that I've got this right? Is there any reason not to buy the older model?

    Thanks for your help
  2. ryanhoelzer

    ryanhoelzer Smoking Fanatic

    That sounds right.  Interesting that they have the old model though.

    Makes me wonder if they had some sitting in a warehouse.

    Do a search here for both of those model #s and you'll find quite a bit of info.  I believe the older one has a 650 Watt element while the newer one has and 800 Watt.
  3. aelmer

    aelmer Newbie

    I went over to Lowes and discovered they actually had both the old ones and the new ones mixed together.

    Knowing that there's an upgrade kit and the heating element is replaceable, I decided to go for the newer model with the higher wattage element and give it a try.
  4. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Hopefully, it has an access panel on the back where the heating element connects.
  5. aelmer

    aelmer Newbie

    Yup there's a panel on the back where  the heating element is. I ordered the upgrade kit this morning but I might give it a try this weekend before it arrives.
  6. Do you have a link to where we can get the upgrade kit?  I have a MES 30" with the 800W element.
  7. aelmer

    aelmer Newbie

    Hi Maverick

    I just called the 800 number this morning and told them I had just bought a 30" MES and read about the lack of smoke issue. The customer service person they said they'd send me the kit right away. They were very friendly and it took less then 5 minutes.
  8. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Very smart move. You'll get the best of two worlds.