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MES 30 SS with Window vs. MES 30 Black without Window - How do they compare?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by hkeiner, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Does anyone know if there are any physical/design differences between the  "MES 30 Black without Window" model (#20070910) and the more current "MES 30 SS with Window model" that might affect how well either one smokes meat? Perhaps in the design of the temperature controller, heating element, wood chip capacity, smoke box size, venting, insulation, door seals, heat distribution inside box, etc?  I understand that the latter model has additional convenience and appearance features (such as the window, SS finish, and interior light) but I am not aware of any significant mechanical/electrical differences that would affect how well either one actually would smoke meat.

    I ask because I plan to get the cheaper  "MES 30 Black without Window" model unless I learn that the "MES 30 SS with Window" model smokes meat much better.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2010
  2. ryanhoelzer

    ryanhoelzer Smoking Fanatic

    There shouldn't be any differences.  They both have an 800 Watt element, controls should be the same.  If anything, maybe the non window unit could be better insulated?  The windows is useful once in a while but after you're into a cook a few hours you can't see much through it.  If there was a 40" without a window I'd buy it..
  3. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    They should both be the same.

    Maybe minimal heat loss through the glass, but not anything I noticed on my MES 40.

    I clean my glass before every smoke (not hard to do), and I can see very good throughout the whole smoke---so far anyway.

    I lost a lot more heat by opening the door one time to check on things than that window would ever lose throughout the smoke.

    I lose enough weight while drooling through the window, that I don't have to worry about gaining weight by eating the stuff I was keeping an eye on.[​IMG]

  4. texacajun

    texacajun Meat Mopper

    To answer some of the questions. By the way this is a good question. I have asked myself this one many times. 

    1.No there is nothing in the design differences between the old model and the new models that will affect how well either one smokes meat.

    2.The new ones have the same electronics as the older ones just some subtle differences. As you stated

    3.The new ones models have Incorporated some changes that some owners where complaining about. Like the heating elements being underpowered on the early models with the 650 watts.

     4.The biggest issue was the earlier models had problems with the heating elements wiring connections on the rear of the units not being accessible and melting the wires. New ones have a access panel to alleviate these issues.

    Hope this answers your questions.