View Full Version : Masterbuilt electric smoker

06-19-2013, 09:10 AM
Does anyone know if they are worth it at all. I have a Treager, and an offset charcoal smoker.

06-19-2013, 09:35 AM
I had one for awhile back. I would consider it a toy and not serious piece of cooking equipment. The racks are small and the metal is paper thin. If you want something else to play or experiment with, you should consider making a UDS or a Mini WSM.

06-19-2013, 09:48 AM
If you want something else to play or experiment with, you should consider making a UDS

I can second that. I started with an electric and outgrew it almost immediately. They don't hold much food and since you have the other toys you mentioned, it would almost be a step backward. I'd HIGHLY recommend they uds route. It will hold far more food and more importantly make better food than the electric ever will.

06-19-2013, 10:53 AM
I have had one for about 4 yrs now. Don't really like the food tht comes out of it compared to the rest of my cookers(UDS'S, Stumps clone, offsets) but do have 2 very good uses for it. It makes some real good jerky and I also use it a lot for hot holding.

06-19-2013, 11:02 AM
I have had a 40" MES for 5-6 years. If you are a beginner as I was, then you may like it. Now I prefer a stick burner or my OTS. The MES is good for long low and slow cooks, but quite honestly you will not get the same flavor that you get from a stick or charcoal cooker..that's a fact. The stock MES has a max temp of 275 degrees which I have never been able to obtain. It is insulated which is a plus. I still use mine on occasion, but again I prefer my stick burner or OTS over it. There may be some mods you can add to it to help in regards to smoke. My 2 cents. Good luck!