30" MES smoker is not smoking, 20070910.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by english-bulldog, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    I just got the thing from amazon, when I did the burn in last night, it smoked like crazy.

    Now that I have meat in the unit, and a handfull of 30min soaked mesq chips, The thing will only darken the chips, and not smoke them.

    Should I send the unit back to amazon and demand another unit?

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2010
  2. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    forgot to add...

    It has been running for 5hrs, and they are only darkened.
     
  3. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    I tossed the darkened chips that were in the unit.

    Alright... I did a 5min soak, then into the smoker...

    and It is smoking now...

    Should I send it back since I can't smoke 30min soaked chips?
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Try not smoking them at all and see how that works. Many people feel that soaking chips isn't the best way to do it. They say they just have to dry before they produce smoke so why bother.
     
  5. chainsaw

    chainsaw Smoking Fanatic

    I agree used to soak them all the time but not now. 
     
  6. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    So, would you think my units is defective?
     
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Have you checked the temperature inside the unit with an oven thermometer or other thermometer you know is right?
     
  8. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What Jeff said,

    And make sure you tell them your model number, because one of them is a known "non-smoker". I don't remember which model it is, but it is one of the newer MES 30s. All it does is turn the chips black.

    BTW: If it is that one, they have a free retro-kit to make it all better---easy to change too. Remove 4 screws, and put 3 back in.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  10. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    Thanks.

    Where exactly do I post my question on that webpage?
     
     
  11. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    You have to have a sign-in for facebook but once you do, you just go to the link to their page that I posted above and hit the "Like" button at the top. You will then see a textbox at the very top that says "Write something". Just write and submit.
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I'm glad he asked you that one, because my usual computer answer would have been---"Duhhhh".
     
  13. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    Alright, thanks guys.
     
  14. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Do not soak chips for the MES ! I dont care what the instruction book says.
     
  15. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    Yea, it kicked ass with dry chips.

    With wet, it sucks.

     
     
  16. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    Yea, it works well with dry chips.

    If I wet them, it will not smoke em, unless I have it turned up all the way.
     
     
  17. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Instructions are written by guys who don't use the products on a regular basis!!

    Dry Chips Only In the MES.

    Todd
     
  18. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    Thanks for the advice everyone.

     
     
  19. english-bulldog

    english-bulldog Fire Starter

    apparently the 20070910 is the unit that can accept a replacement heater unit, without having to buy another shell.

    What are some good replacement heating coils?

    Thanks guy.

    I guess the 20070106 is the one that need the new shell to be able to replace the heating coil.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  20. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you have the 20070910 all you need to do is PM MBTechguy here on the site and tell him your problem.  He will send you a retrofit chip tray that will solve the problem...

    The heat elements in the early units are not replaceable...
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010

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