I had two MES units, the first one burnt up the heating element. MES changed the design so that you can now replace the heating element instead of having to buy a new smoker. I liked them and for what I was doing at the time, it worked for me.

My nephew bought a Master Forge and had nothing but problems with it. At first appearance it looked nice, mostly because it would accommodate a full slab of ribs. Unfortunately, looks aren't everything.

I have traded in the MES units for two Backwoods units. My son has the MES and continues to use it.

Good luck with whatever you decide.