MES 30" vs 40" - cast your vote!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mummel, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. 30"

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  2. 40"

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  1. I've got a 30" and I really got it for a steal.  There have been a few times I wish I had the 40", particularly when smoking cheese but for the most part the 30" works for me and the wife.

    That being said, I wish I could find a 40" for the same price I paid for my 30".  Heck, I'd even spend twice as much!
  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a 30 (picked up new for $149) but only use it for low temp stuff like sausage & cold smoking... Works great for me for the way I use it ! If I were only smoking with the MES like Bear & the others, then I'd for sure want the 40.... Just my 2 pennies !
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2015
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    C'mon guys!!

    Only 12 Votes so far.

    We know there are Thousands of MES owners on this Forum.

  4. c farmer

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

    I voted 40", but I love my 30".

    I use mine for cured meat and sausages and I find myself having to smoke all weekend sometimes to get all the bacon or cb smoked.
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  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bump for more Votes!!

  6. Got my 40" yesterday, seasoned it then today smoked a rack of ribs. Can't wait to get the butt out of the refrigerator and into the smoker.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great !!


  8. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Love my 30, but am finding that as I get into smoking more and more, I wish I had gotten the 40. I don't like having to cut a slab of ribs in half to fit it in. But I don't know if they would fit whole into a 40 either.
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    The 40 is only 5 inches longer.  That enough?
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So far I haven't had one that didn't fit in my MES 40.

    I imagine if you grab the biggest one there, you might have to trim a bit off, or cut it, so don't grab the monsters.

  11. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Bear, David.
  12. docktoo

    docktoo Smoke Blower

    Got a 30 to get into smoking for cheap.  Just me and the wife, does fine.

    I suppose that if you have a 40, you'll find a way to fill it and use it to it's capacity.  Maybe if my 30 dies, I'll pop for a bigger MES. [​IMG]
  13. Just go ahead and get a 40, then you will have a 70         I know to early for jokes

  14. I have 2 of the 40" smokers. One is used only for hanging smoked country hams. The newer one is used

    about every other weekend. I will buy another one in a year or two. Can't seem to live without them.

    The 30" would be too small for the ribs, loins and 10lbs of cheese (cold smoking)

    Get the AMNPS too.

    Good luck
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a 30 and a 40. 30 was the first purchase and as said above I hated cutting up meats to use it. It is perfect for fowl though which is my favorite smoke. It uses less electricity and less smoke required to make an impact upon the meat.

    After starting to play with bacon and sausage and learning the best place to buy a MES40 (oddly enough it was from Masterbuilt direct). I bought one as well as a Masterbuilt Electric Cold Smoke attachment. At a HUGE discount over anyother offered price pplus I could get exactly the model and generation build I wanted shipped directly to my door. I also learned how much easier any warranty work would be when you bought directly from them also.

    I love my MES30, matter a fact I have a butt smoking in it right now. For everyday smokes its hard to beat. BUT when you get to learning bacons and hams and sausages, etc that MES40 is sweet too.

    I have a AMPs and a MECS (Cold Smoker), both have there purposes, both work as specified, both can be finicky and both cost about the same.

    I have been smoking awhile and for the life of me I don't understand a window, its like a screen door on a submarine. But it is fun to clean it, I would guess it losses heat since I can't lay my hand on it, but some folks do like looking in.  

    If only one, I would go with the 40 and I would spring for the cold smoker attachment for it strickly for the quantity of smoke delivered. Besides the free frt when purchaced with the MES40. Then soon afterwards a AMPs would be at the top of my list, (its cheaper than a tank of gas).  I still sometimes have AMPs problems, it normally works, but when it starts out hard to light, its a pain and doesn't get better. Course the MECS the chips can and do stick up in the chimmeny.

    Its all about understanding and some day hoping to master your equipment before you get mad enough to throw it out! LOL

    OH I highly recommend you call the MES 800 number and check price and availability before you purchase. I got my MES40 w/ MECS sizably cheaper than I paid for my MES30.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I went to Home Depot today to thoroughly inspect their MESs.  The 30 looks just too small, especially if you are thinking about putting an AMPS inside.  I am definitely going with the 40.
  17. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Todd Johnson designed the AMNPS for the MES 30. He developed and perfected it inside one to the best of my knowledge. Bearcarver was one of the guys providing feedback and QC.

    Still, if you're only buying one smoker, you're right in going for the 40" since it's more flexible in terms of larger interior cooking space and a more powerful heating element.
  18. You didn't have a spot for NEITHER [​IMG]
  19. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    What about the AMPS fit in the 40?
  20. loweyj

    loweyj Fire Starter

    Bear... how much better is the yield of beef sticks and other items in the 40?

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