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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G or Pit Boss 5 series?

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  • Solishu
    Trial Member
    • Jun 2021
    • 1

    Masterbuilt MPS 340/G or Pit Boss 5 series?

    I’ve been smoking with my Weber Kettle for a few years and am finally upgrading to a full featured smoker and I am just having a really hard time choosing between these two. Both seem to have pretty good temperature stability and seem to be pretty hands off once you get things going. They were both reviewed favorably here, but I wondered if anyone could help me think through which one would be better for me?
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 14123
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Welcome to The Pit. Sorry, but I am not familiar with either of those cookers.


    • Redwng
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 490
      • St. Cloud, FL

      Welcome from St. Cloud, FL. I don't have any experience with those either but I did have a propane/vertical smoker many years ago and I learned to run a water pan inside as the fire sucked up any humidity in mine. Good luck whatever your choice and you must share pics.


      • bbqLuv
        Club Member
        • Jan 2020
        • 2200
        • Milwaukie, OR

        Go pellet grill,
        Traeger pellet grill.


        • jfmorris
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 3920
          • Huntsville, Alabama
          • Jim Morris

            • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
            • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
            • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
            • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q & Rotisserie (2007)
            • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
            • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
            • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
            • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
            • Anova
            • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
            • Thermoworks Dot
            • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
            • Thermoworks RT600C
            • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

          Those are some pretty different cookers there - pellet versus propane. I think you gotta decide whether its easier to be getting 20 pound tank refills every time you smoke a butt or brisket, or if its easier to pick up a new bag of pellets at the store. Then decide which cooker is best in that type.

          I've seen both good and bad reviews of the Masterbuilt thermostatic propane smokers. My personal pick for propane would be the Camp Chef Smokevault 24 - mostly because it can be converted to natural gas, and I've got that available outside. On pellet rigs, I cannot comment on the Pit Boss. In BOTH cases, I think you will find the smoke profile is going to be lighter than you are used to from the Weber kettle. The propane smoker with wood chunks may offer more smoke flavor than the pellet cooker if I had to guess.


          • Dewesq55
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 2298
            • The Poconos, NEPA
            • Smoker:
              Landmann Smoke Master Series Heavy Duty Barrel Smoker (COS) - With mods including 2 level rack system with pull-out grates
              Masterbuilt 40.2" 1200W Electric Smoker
              Masterbuilt ThermoTemp XL 40" Vertical Propane Smoker

              Gas Grill:
              BBQPro (cheap big box store model) Stainless steel 4 burnerswith aftermarket rotisserie.

              Charcoal Grill:
              Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal Grill 14"

              Fireboard 2 with Drive cable and 20 CFM fan and Competition Probe Package
              Fireboard 1st Generation
              ThermoWorks Mini Instant Read
              Lavaworks Thermowand Instant Read
              2 Maverick 733
              ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S Industrial Infrared Thermometer
              ThermoWorks ThermaPen Mk4 x 2
              Govee Bluetooth Thermometer with 6 probes

              Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - 1st generation
              Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator - wifi/bluetooth connected

              Favorite Beer:
              Anything to the dark side and malty rather than hoppy. Currently liking Yuengling Porter and Newcastle Brown Ale. In a bar or pub I will often default to Guiness

              Favorite Spirit:
              Bourbon - Eagle Rare for "every day"; Angel's Envy for special occasions, Basil Hayden's, Larceny

              Favorite Wine:
              Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan Sangiovese (Including Chianti Classico Riserva) Brunello di Montalcino

              Favorite Meat(s):
              Pork - especially the darker meat. I love spare ribs and anything made from shoulder/butt meat
              Chicken - Mainly the dark meat and wings
              Beef Ribeye steak

              Favorite Cuisine to Cook:
              Can't list just one: Indian, Chinese, Thai, West Indian/Carribean, Hispanic/Latin American, Ethiopian, Italian, BBQ

              Favorite Cuisine to Eat:
              Indian, followed closely by BBQ.

              Disqus ID:
              David E. Waterbury

            I have the Masterbuilt and I think it delivers very good product. I would much rather cook with wood chunks than pellets. As for propane, there is no way you have to get a new tank of propane for every cook - even brisket or pork butt. I find the tanks last a very long time - many cooks. If you keep a spare on hand it is never a problem. Plus, propane tank exchanges are EVERYWHERE these days. If, by chance, you did run out unexpectedly, I suspect it would be way easier to run out and grab a full gas tank than to pick up 50 or 100 lbs of pellets. One more thing - propane is propane. It's fungible. Not so with pellets.


            • SmokingSteve
              Club Member
              • Jun 2018
              • 386
              • Mesa Arizona
              • SmokingSteve

              I have had the Thermotemp XL MPS 340G for two years now. It does a great job. I have never had any issues with it. I use wood chunks, not chips and get great smoke from it. With 4 shelves it has great capacity.Propane tanks last a very long time, typically at least 1 or 2 months depending on how heavily I am using it. Usually at least twice a week. You will spend a lot less on propane fuel vs pellets for a pellet rig.


              • Dewesq55
                Dewesq55 commented
                Editing a comment
                ^^^What he said! I also use chunks, not chips.

                For the sake of balance, there is at least one regular poster here who had a bad experience with his ThermoTemp and used to mention it every time someone asked a question about this smoker. For some reason he has not chimed in on this thread so far. It might have been Bkhuna . If interested you could probably find those posts by doing a search
            • crpeck
              Charter Member
              • Apr 2015
              • 46
              • Williamsburg, VA

              I've had the 340G for a couple of years (I think). I've got the temperature dial so it's spot on, but, always use a temperature probe to verify & to alert me if the temp drops & I need to swap tanks. I'm gonna ditto what is said above, a tank lasts a long time. It keeps a consistent temp thru the cook. I also use chunks, with some chips to get her started. I'm playing with a smoke tube & pellets now just to see what happens.
              I have no experience with a pellet grill/smoker.


              • Mister C
                Club Member
                • May 2019
                • 8
                • Virginia, USA

                Also have a 340G, had it about 2 years now. Got it based on Max's excellent review on the free side of the site.

                I'd been using a Weber kettle with an original SlowNSear forever and, though I love it for most applications, just wanted something that I could set for a super long cook or do 3x the food in that every once in a while. Mine holds temp perfectly, it was exactly what I needed. I also felt that, using wood chunks, the smoke was not far off from charcoal. My neighbor's got a Green Mountain Daniel Boone pellet - it's awfully nice but doesn't deliver as much smoke flavor as the 340G can.

                Good luck! And enjoy the ride down the BBQ gear rabbit hole.




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