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Ernie Mccracken
03-06-2016, 02:07 AM
A buddy of mine offered to give me a smoker that's just taking up space in his garage. It's one of those cheap electric jobs (I think it uses discs?) like you might find at a sporting goods store.

Are they good for anything or will I end up passing it along to the next guy in short order?

smoke ninja
03-06-2016, 02:17 AM
Cold smoker?

Ernie Mccracken
03-06-2016, 02:51 AM
Cold smoker?

I think the heating element can get it up to 275-300.

KevinJ
03-06-2016, 08:58 AM
I had an MES and hated it, I think Smoke Ninja is suggesting you use it for cold smoking which is all I'd use it for or as a warmer for holding food

Eddiecalder
03-06-2016, 09:01 AM
I thought the were good for fish, jerky and cheese.

If i smoked fish a dedicated smoker soukd be nice.

KevinJ
03-06-2016, 09:06 AM
I thought the were good for fish, jerky and cheese.

If i smoked fish a dedicated smoker soukd be nice.That would be good for that to no doubt.

airedale
03-06-2016, 09:08 AM
Cold smoker? Yup. I have one of those little bullet wsm wannabes. Electric element long since thrown away. Just the right size for cheese and nuts.

The_Kapn
03-06-2016, 09:10 AM
Sounds like a Bradley.

I have a friend who has one and loves it.
Never used one myself.

For free---I would take it and try it out.

TIM

JDM46
03-06-2016, 09:14 AM
Have a MES 30 inch.
Use it for sausage and cheese only.
Have never run it above 180F.

Q Junkie
03-06-2016, 09:45 AM
I have a MES 40. It is what got me introduced into real smoking. I thought I had moved on and it sat vacant for over a year (2) or more. Then I made a batch of hot links the other day and realized I had no where to hang them for smoking. Took out the loading chute, threw in a homemade cold smoker tube I made out of a tractor muffler and away she went. Worked like a champ.

So now I have another hot MES back in my life.
So I say grab it and use it for something.



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TroyA65
03-06-2016, 10:02 AM
I think the heating element can get it up to 275-300.


If by "cheap" you mean $60 at the big box store, let me share my experience.

The heating element may get that high, but the smoking chamber won't get there unless it's 100 degrees, no wind, and the sun is beating down. So don't plan on smoking any butts.

That being said, I used mine for smoking cheese and fish for several years and it worked fine until I switched to charcoal and wood. My $0.02

thesemicullen
03-06-2016, 11:17 AM
My dad has been using a Masterbuilt like Q Junkie posted for the past couple of years. He makes pretty good que on it, but he's modified it to use one of those A-Maze-N pellet trays. He just recently upgraded to a larger electric model and we'll see.

I wouldn't turn one down if someone offered it to me for free, but I think they're too much trouble considering I can get a WSM for just a bit more money.

SmittyJonz
03-06-2016, 11:21 AM
My Electric kicks azz.....

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=177313

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=172102

I even " fixed" one the element went out on :

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpyhDujjBtU

Ernie Mccracken
03-07-2016, 12:48 AM
I thought the were good for fish, jerky and cheese.

If i smoked fish a dedicated smoker soukd be nice.


I went over and grabbed it today. I have an order from the other half for some smoked salmon, so I'm going to give that a shot.

quamdar
03-07-2016, 01:01 AM
I think you can turn out good food that's plenty good on them. Use an amaze n tube at the same time to help a little more when hot smoking.

Cousin steve
03-09-2016, 05:01 AM
Sounds like a Bradley. I have a 6-rack digital one and have used it to make awesome smoked salmon, great brisket and pulled pork, smoked devilled eggs, etc. It's not my go-to smoker but I've had great results for it. Over on the Bradley smoker forum you can find some good mods that guys have done to beef up the power (extra or larger element), precision control with the PID, circulation fan, etc. A lot of the purists scoff at the Bradley but I've had great food come out of mine.