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Cookshack is the standard for straight electric smokers. That said, you can get a very good knock off from Smokin' Tex, or Smokin' It, for less. For ultra-obsessive smokers like me, you can purchase an Auber Instruments PID controller to go with it, that will keep your smoker temp within 1° of the setting, avoiding the temperature swings prevalent in most smokers. Of course, they start out small, and get progressively more expensive for ones with a large amount of square inch space.

I stripped out and rebuilt a smoker from a 6'+ commercial fridge along the Cookshack model, using that controller. In this, I have done 60+ lbs of bacon, 6 large turkeys, or 14 turkey breasts.

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We have a Bradley smoker and needed an additional smoker. Purchased Masterbuilt Electric 30 yesterday. Followed directions exactly and found it produced little smoke comparatively and took much longer to cook food. After reading all the problems with the MES with regard to smoke production here and online, will be returning it. Looking for recommendations for the best smoker from this site. Medium experienced smoker person here commercial bbq smokers.
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@mneeley490 posted:

Cookshack is the standard for straight electric smokers. That said, you can get a very good knock off from Smokin' Tex, or Smokin' It, for less. For ultra-obsessive smokers like me, you can purchase an Auber Instruments PID controller to go with it, that will keep your smoker temp within 1° of the setting, avoiding the temperature swings prevalent in most smokers. Of course, they start out small, and get progressively more expensive for ones with a large amount of square inch space.

I stripped out and rebuilt a smoker from a 6'+ commercial fridge along the Cookshack model, using that controller. In this, I have done 60+ lbs of bacon, 6 large turkeys, or 14 turkey breasts.

sweet rig!

@Ahsan posted:
We have a Bradley smoker and needed an additional smoker. Purchased Masterbuilt Electric 30 yesterday. Followed directions exactly and found it produced little smoke comparatively and took much longer to cook food. After reading all the problems with the MES with regard to smoke production here and online, will be returning it. Looking for recommendations for the best smoker from this site. Medium experienced smoker person here.

there's nothing wrong with the MES for that price range, what would you be looking for?

you could just use other kinds of pellets if you're using the electrical smoker

@Ahsan posted:
We have a Bradley smoker and needed an additional smoker. Purchased Masterbuilt Electric 30 yesterday. Followed directions exactly and found it produced little smoke comparatively and took much longer to cook food. After reading all the problems with the MES with regard to smoke production here and online, will be returning it. Looking for recommendations for the best smoker from this site. Medium experienced smoker person here commercial bbq smokers.

Nothing wrong with a MES30, other than a small element. I had one for 10 years. Consider adding one of these: A-MAZE-N pellet smoker  No more adding to the chip loader every 30 minutes. This will go 11-12 hours without a refill.

I MacGyvered what's called a "mailbox modification", which is essentially a mailbox that you insert the maze into, that is connected by a 3" dryer hose to the chip loader intake in the side of your MES30.  Works like a charm, and you don't lose any heat. Great for cold smoking bacon or cheese.

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Nothing wrong with a MES30, other than a small element. I had one for 10 years. Consider adding one of these: A-MAZE-N pellet smoker  No more adding to the chip loader every 30 minutes. This will go 11-12 hours without a refill.

I MacGyvered what's called a "mailbox modification", which is essentially a mailbox that you insert the maze into, that is connected by a 3" dryer hose to the chip loader intake in the side of your MES30. groundhog day images Works like a charm, and you don't lose any heat. Great for cold smoking bacon or cheese.

thank you for your suggestion

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For straight electric smokers, Cookshack is the gold standard. However, for less money, you can purchase a very decent knock off from Smokin' Tex or Smokin' It. For ultra-obsessive smokers like myself, an Auber Instruments PID controller can be purchased to go with it, which will regulate the temperature of your smoker within 1° of the preset, preventing the temperature fluctuations that are common in most smokers. Of course, they begin modest and gradually increase in price as the number of square inch area increases.

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