Masterbuilt/Big Kahuna

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bearcarver, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just got a Masterbuilt Smokehouse (electric), and I have a Big Kahuna smoke generator from PokyPa's.
    I would like to attach my Big Kahuna to my Masterbuilt, but I'm afraid to drill a hole that big in the Masterbuilt, for fear of hitting internal electric wiring & wrecking my whole smoker. I'm giving up on trying to get consistant heat between 100 degrees and 150 degrees in a galvanized trash can. My Masterbuilt won't smoke below 155 degrees. Installing the big Kahuna on the Masterbuilt would solve this problem.

    How do you know where it's safe to drill the hole?
    I was going to look in the back, but the back is riveted on. If it was screwed on, it would be easy.

    Any suggestions?

    Please help
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Get a 1/8th" drill bit and drill the rivets out . If you have the electrical problems alot have had you will have to do it anyway. Use 1/2" self tapping pan head screws to reinstall the back of the unit.
    welcome to the great addiction.
  3. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    There are no electrical wires in the sides. Just insulation.

    It's not a bad idea to drill out those pop rivets and replace with stainless screws. It will get you quick asses to the electrical wiring. While you are back there you may want to replace the quick disconnect slip on connectors. Several people have had failures due to these connections burning out.

    There are a few threads on this with pictures should you decide to do this prophylactic repair
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Keep them coming---I'll take any more comments on this subject. I have to leave for now.
  5. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am pretty sure that there are no wires on either side of the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker = MES. However instead of drilling any holes I took an average tomato soup can, drilled a hole in the top and bottom of it and stuck the pipe from The smoke daddy thru the can. The can fits the smoke chip access hole exactly. Not snug but not really loose either. I put the smoke daddy on a couple bricks to take the weight off of it the only time I used it with the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. I was going to figure out a more permanent way to have it but lazy took over and I haven't got around to it yet.

    I would have no hesitation about drilling a hole in either side of the MES though.
  6. fourthwind

    fourthwind Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are not successful at using your smoke generator, you can use the fine wood shreds made for the chief electric smokers. I have had no problem getting smoke down to the 120 degree mark on my MES using that.
  7. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    the soup can sounds like the way to go. but i might have one improvement. i am building my own smoke generator this week and i will be using 3/4 inch 100% silicone hose for the smoke output. i will just put a hose barb on the soup can and pump the smoke in that way.

    i am building my smoke generator as a demonstrator for the boy scouts to show them how to preserve meat the old fashioned way. wish me luck.
  8. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can drill a 5/8ths" hole in the side of the MES. When you are not cold smoking you can cover with electrical or duct tape. I have a 30" and 40" MES and also the Big Kahuna.

    I have also used the Big Kahuna with my full size Holland Grill, works great. Been thinking about trying it on the Showtime Grill with chicken but my wife doesn't want me drilling into the Showtime; eventually she will lose !!!

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