Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by kingbubbatruck, May 5, 2013.

  1. I recently picked up one of the MES 30 analog smokers.  I've got a few other grills/smokers, but wanted something that was easy to use and convenient.

    When I first tried using it, I had a hard time getting it to really make any smoke out of the chips in pan.

    Temperature control was 'ok', but not ideal.

    I already had this little pid controller I picked up off of ebay to use for a sous vide thing I was going to make, so I decided to just go ahead and rig it up to use for the MES.

    I couldn't be happier with the performance of the PID.  It truly makes it set it and forget it.

    Still had a problem with smoke, and the addition of the PID probably didn't help, since it seems like the heating element doesn't really need to run all that much to maintain a temp of 225.

    So I ordered the amazenproducts AMNPS pellet smoker.  I was a little apprehensive about ordering it, because some people posted reviews about having trouble getting it to stay lit.

    Well, my MES doesn't have any vents, other than a little hole in the upper right back, and another in the bottom middle.

    I fired it up today and I have to say this seems like a pretty ideal combination.  I filled the AMNPS halfway with pellets, lit it, let it burn for a few minutes then put it into the smoker.

    I did the 3-2-1 rib method and things turned out just great.  Maybe a little too fall off the bone tender for my taste, but that's the way the wife likes it.  A small sacrifice to make to keep the complaints about my purchases to a minimum.

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    KBT, evening and welcome to the forum.....   Looks good.....   So are you happy with the controller and amnps ?????   Looks like it...

  3. Real happy with the controller and the AMNPS.

    Now that I know it works, I need to clean up the installation a bit.

    The controller really does a good job of maintaining the temp.  

    Seems like it also helps the smoker to recover faster after a door open event since I can have the thermostat for the element turned up higher and just let the pid figure out how to regulate the temp.

    The AMNPS did a great job and did a nice slow burn the whole 6 hours, and a few hours after I was done cooking.  It was really satisfying to see a nice thin stream of smoke coming out of the tiny hole in the back of the smoker the whole time as well.
  4. did you wire the pid inline with the heating element or is it a power plug type pid controller?
  5. Just did a simple in and out power plug type controller.It's working great.

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