New to MES

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by wade2000, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. Hey, been looking for awhile on these great posts, I've been using my Chief for years and am ready to graduate to MES, I think the 30'' will work for me, but there are so many thoughts on the right smoker I get lost, What is the best 30" w/window {so wife can see?} Digital w/remote/top vent. I'm sure this has been covered somewhere. Gonna save the Cheif for fish and use the Mes for meat and cheese, any thoughts would be great.
  2. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    All depends on your budget and how much you're willing to spend. I've got a MES 30 Generation 1 model #20070910 and have had a great time with it. It puts out great Q for such a small box. I also use wood pellets and not wood chips. It has no window and no wireless remote.

    The Academy has had a great MES 40 Gen 1 smoker with all the bells and whistles on sale for $199.00. Don't know if it's still going on but that would make a great 1st electric smoker. The newest line of Masterbuilt smokers, dubbed Generation 2.5, have gotten really good reviews but are more expensive. Only you can decide if a window, a wireless remote, and Bluetooth capability are important to you. The 2.5 models also come in non-Bluetooth as well. If you have the money and cook for a somewhat large family/group, bigger is always better. As I wrote I have a MES 30 but beef briskets and pork ribs press up against both side walls when I first place them in the smoker (I don't like to cut them in half) although they've shrunk away from the walls by the time they're done. Because of the larger interior cooking space that's not as much of a problem with the MES 40 models. But I primarily cook for just my wife and I these days so the MES 30 is more than adequate for my needs.

    In my personal opinion, the better MB electric smokers are the best on the market at their price points. To do better you're looking at spending at least $800-$1000.
  3. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    I have a couple of Gen 1 MES 30s.  I love them!!!!!  I also have a Gen 1 40.  IMHO, go with the 40 if you can afford it.

    With regard to the window, forget about it.  After the first few smokes, you can't see through the thing and cleaning it is a pain in the arse.  After all, what's the big deal about watching a bunch of smoke?  

    The key to your purchase is going to be getting the Gen 1 unit.  Some folks on here, like Bearcarver, have done excellent reviews of the MES 40 Bluetooth model.  Sounds like that's a good one, but considerably more money.

    If you're just looking at the Gen 1 30, get the all black unit with the square controller at the top.  The vent should be on the top to the rear-right.  The chip chute is on the bottom, right side.  

    Here's a link to one I just did a quick search for.

    $177 is a decent price.  I bought one from Cabela's last year for black Friday.  If I recall, it was a doorbuster for $119.  

    Just make sure you get the Gen 1.
  4. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Fully agree. I've owned the MES 30 model #20070910 for over 3 years and it's been great. I use the AMNPS which boosted my smoked foods to the next level.
  5. Thanks for the help, The Gen.1 is perfect for me right now money wise and simplicity. I have done quite a bit of looking and it keeps coming down to this one. If I understand right, model numbers ending in 10 and 11 are Gen 1 .? Bear has done a great job going over this unit. I am now waiting for a bargain to pop up. Thanks again
  6. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I cant find Bear's MES 40 BT review but its a good post covering all the models.
  7. lancer

    lancer Smoking Fanatic

    If you have a Bass Pro nearby their 5 AM six hour Black Friday sale has the MES 40 digital w/remote for $199.97 while supplies last....

    Good luck and good hunting!

  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I wonder if they will have the BT version on sale?
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think the 10 ending is for Gen 1 electric digitals and the 11 is for the analog/propane models but I'm not sure. You didn't say if you'd settled on 30" or 40" model. MES 40 Gen 1 models are a bit rare online. The Academy just had one on sale at a great price but the sale's over and the price jumped up $100. Right the best deal is on where you can buy a Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite (MES 30 Gen 1) with a meat probe and four racks, expandable to six racks (there are two empty slots) for $149.99. If you're patient there should be a deal for Black Friday or before where you can buy a Sportsman Elite complete with all six racks as well as the meat probe and perhaps a wireless remote.

    Amazon has the standard MES 30 Gen 1 for $164.94--but those prices change almost daily. Both Cabela's and Amazon offer free shipping for the smoker.
  10. lancer

    lancer Smoking Fanatic

    I'm not sure what the BT version is but the flyer came in today's mail.  the unit is a 40" Sportsman Elite.  Cruising over to the BP site this is what it reads....

    Updated for easier smoking the Masterbuilt™ Sportsman Elite® Electric Smokehouse now features an easy-to-read blue LED display and a built-in viewing window. Thermostat temperature controls ensure even cooking temperatures up to 275°F. Smoker includes a wireless remote that controls temperature, time, internal light, ON/OFF, and monitors meat temperature from up to 100' away. Meat probe thermometer works with the remote, allowing you to stay inside while monitoring and adjusting the smoker outside! 1200 watt element. 40" smoker has four racks and also comes with wheels, handle, and a removable drip pan. Cooking capacity: 973 square inches. Dimensions: 19.6"L x 25.73"W x 40.1"H. Weight: 72 lbs.
    Manufacturer model #: 20073012.
    • Features an easy-to-read blue LED display
    • Built-in viewing window
    • Thermostat temperature controls
    • Wireless remote that controls temperature and time
    • Internal light, ON/OFF
    • Removable drip pan
    • Built-in meat thermometer
    Masterbuilt Protective Cover for 40'' Smokers sold separately and can be found through item search for number 1613869
  11. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Hey man this sounds like the MES 40 BT.  What the heck????  This would be a ridiculous steal.  Can you get more info?  Can you take a snapshot of the flyer.  Wow. 
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here is the one you guys are looking for:

    I don't follow the Model numbers, but I do know my MES 40 Gen #1 model number ends with "11".

  13. Thanks to all of you, great info! I am set on finding The MES 40 Gen # 1 top control W/ remote , Seems basic enough for me money wise, and as with any smoker I have had or looked at has its up's and downs, Either way it's a new experience for me, in smoking. I will still be looking for ways to use this unit at low temp. smoking and I have seen a lot of great ideas here.
  14. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I think the Gen 2.5 is available with RF controller instead of BT but wouldn't that just be Gen 2.0 with a top left rear vent and oval water pan instead of the slant tray into the small water pan.  If that's the case, people can call MB and see if MB's oval water pan fits the Gen 2.0.  That would solve most peoples heat distribution problems of the Gen 2.0.  My oval water pan fits by itself on any rack.  I moved the water pan to the second from the bottom rack for more even heat distribution on my Gen 1 and it doesn't vaporize juices as much as being on the bottom plus you can use all top three racks for food if needed. 

  15. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The Gen #2.5 only comes Bluetooth.

  17. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    The reason why I said that is because the QVC episode with colored door options (red, blue green, black etc.) with window looked like a multi tiered oval water pan and all were RF remotely controlled.

  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It must have just looked like it, because I specifically asked Masterbuilt if you could get one with the regular Remote, because of the problems with BT Drops, and people like me who don't have anything to download it to. They said "No---Only BT".


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