New Smoker Recommendations

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by jquade, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. jquade

    jquade Newbie

    My old Bradley finally took a crap on me. Looking to purchase a new MES. With all the different models out there, it's gotten to be kinda confusing. Looking for recommendations and suggestions. I do know I want the 40 though. TIA!

  2. lovethemeats

    lovethemeats Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you go electric. Watch what generation you get. I cant say anything about the propane ones. My MES 30 2nd gen is decent. But its an electric one. No issues with it yet and its a couple years old and seen lots of cooks. If you don't care for the window. You can pick up a decent one at a good price. Or you can pick up the MES40. I got the Sportsman Elite thru Bass Pro Shop. Not a bad price for it. They have a combo and you get the stand to go with it. Mine has 6 shelves. More then enough for me. Good luck in your search.
  3. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you get really confused, look into the smokers from Smokin-it. Sizes are clearly indicated and you have a choice of PID or analog. Pretty simple. Life is good.
  4. myownidaho

    myownidaho Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I just replaced my Bradley with a Smokin-it. More pricey but definitely an upgrade.
  5. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Master of the Pit

  6. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Have you thought about charcoal!
    A Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) is just about as set & forget as an electric, with that charcoal/wood flavor you just don't get with an electric smoker. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with an electric, I have one too. But there is a flavor difference. I use my MES mostly for sausage & bacon.
  7. Geebs

    Geebs Meat Mopper

    I second Al, I love my WSM and it’s just about darn set it and forget it. The temps stay pretty consistent for a charcoal smoker and the flavor I get is amazing.

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