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Original poster
Feb 7, 2014
I'm from Iowa. My family and I enjoy grilling and using a propane smoker. This year I'm shopping for a new electric smoker. Budget is under $500. Any members have any suggestions or ideas?
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
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Welcome to the group!  Glad you've joined us.  There are several companies who make good electric smokers for under $500.  If you can find a first generation model, you might check out a Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse (MES).  I cooked on an MES40 for a long time, and really liked it.  From what I hear, you should avoid the 2nd gen MES...there have been several quality control issues with that model.

There are also units sold be Smokin-It and Smokin Tex for less the $500 that look like good rigs.  If you posed your question in the Electric Smoker Forum, you'd likely get some feedback from members who own those rigs:

Good luck and Happy smoking!

I second Red's suggestion on the Smokin It units. Built like tanks and lots of members here like them a lot.
What about the new Pit Boss pellet type grill at Menards? It's made by Dansen. It's $499. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.