MES 40 Newbie Mistake

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by floridasteve, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    Had a big BBQ last weekend. Second smoke with new smoker. Loaded it up with ribs and chicken on racks 1-3. Because I love to catch and reuse the drippings, I put two foil pans on the bottom rack. Did 3-2-1 on ribs. Everything went fine until it was time to foil the ribs. The didn't look as done as they should be, so I bumped the temp from 225 to 250. A little later I thought the smaller chicken legs should be done, but they weren't even close, so went went from 250 to max 275. At the end of 6 hours nothing was ready. Pulled everything off and finished on gas grill, saving the day.

    I was really bumbed about the new smoker, so the next dat I fired it up again with temp probes and gauges on each rack. Although temp was set at 250, all probes were reading about 200. Then the light bulb went off and I removed one of the drip pans and centered the other. Within 5minutes all probes were reading 250! DUH, as the pix below showes, the built in temp sensor was only 1/2 inch above my drip pan, and there was just enough heat slipping past the back edge to make it shut off the heating element, but not enough to warm the rest of the smoker.

    At least I realized my mistake before packing it off to send back. LOL

  2. Lucky for me I discover that in the instruction book ..... Well my wife did, us guys don't read instructions lol. I am smoking two 8 pound butts as we speak and had planed to put them side by side until my wife relayed that bit of information. I smoke them in my 22 1/2 Weber Smoky Mountain then transfer them to the Masterbuilt until they hit 205. The wifi hook up keeps me informed and freedom to do other things.
  3. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    I did read the instructions! I'm a nerd about that, LOL. Somehow I missed that! Guess I should go back and read them again to see what else I missed :)
  4. Steve you found and solved your own problem. Good for you. Bear saw one of my drip pans and thought it was too large. It was a large Weber aluminum pan (11x9.5)  I cut about 2 inches out of it and spliced it back together. I used aluminum tape like A/C guys use on duct work. I foil it when I use it and is holding up and working  well.   Jted
  5. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Dang, I never thought about doing something like that. Some of you guys are real  geniuses at some of these things. Seems I am getting a good education here today. Even at 78, it is not too old or late to learn ... lol [​IMG]  [​IMG]

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