mes mailbox mod

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by chappy4o, May 22, 2013.

  1. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    Hey all. . . So I'm getting ready to buy a mes40 and I keep seeing a lot of talk about a 'mailbox mod' so I did some searches and I found a few photos but can anyone tell me or link me to a how-to. . . Or something a little more comprehensive than a pic?

    Thanks in advance

    Thomas
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thomas morning....   Here is a thread I started when I did my mod.....    I could write a book on how to do it but I think the pictures are easier to understand than whatever I could write....     The purpose of the mailbox, in my opinion, is to have a constant temp, air flow, moisture so the pellets burn uniformly....  folks have used other boxes....  ammo cans....  anything metal should work....  some sort of connection to the smoker...  In order for the mod to work, the exhaust vent, in the smoker, needs to be wide open to allow for air flow......   Dave

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...0-new-pictures-for-attaching-elbow-to-mailbox
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2013
  3. 1chaos52

    1chaos52 Smoke Blower

    Sorry to hijack, but I also have a few questions for Dave on this topic. I did the mailbox mod last weekend and seasoned it and everything. I did have to relight the sawdust once or twice but it works great.

    I noticed you put 3 1/2 -3/4 inch holes in the front door of yours. Would you recommend doing this? Does it help keep things going? I also did mine with the hole for the vent coming out the top of the mailbox, so does that change things? Should I go get another mailbox and do it differently?
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I plugged the holes in the door using aluminum tape....  I use the opening at the bottom of the door for air supply.....   If you look, where the door hinges on the bottom, it's not air tight...   about a 1/8" gap....   My AMNPS goes out off and on.... I think good dry pellets is the answer....   The exhaust opening in the mailbox shouldn't make any difference...  I put mine in the back so it fit better at my installation, on the shelves....

    Dave
     
  5. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    Beauty. . . Thanks a ton for the link now I have a better idea on how to do this thanks

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  6. 1chaos52

    1chaos52 Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the info. My mailbox does not seem to have much of a gap at the bottom of the door. May make some slightly larger holes in the bottom to see if that helps the airflow a little.

    Here are pics of what I have done. I trimmed the elbow going into the smoker to fit around the lip that is there to lock in the chip loader so that I can still use that if need be, and can put the elbow in without it falling out or leaking at all.

     
  7. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    so, DaveOmak, that is just dryer ducting in 3" eh?
     
  8. njfoses

    njfoses Meat Mopper

    At least for me finding 3" aluminum elbows locally was a bit of a challenge. I ended up ordering them online and should be putting together my mailbox mod for my mes 30 on Friday.
     
  9. njfoses

    njfoses Meat Mopper

    I'm thinking on drilling a single 1/2 hole in the front of my mailbox mod I'm putting together Friday. I don't want to have to deal with the amps going out during a smoke.
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dry the pellets and drill a hole....  Let us know how it works for you so others can learn.....  

    Dave
     
  11. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    Another question Dave, that shelving unit you have the mes on. . . Is that the 4 self one from lows? And how long have you had it outside? How does it fair w/ the weather? Think it would need some sort of anchor or some form of securing it from high winds?? Sorry about all the ?'s

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  12. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    Haha just realized the title to this thread is mas. . . Not mes. . . Lol oops

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  13. 1chaos52

    1chaos52 Smoke Blower

    The shelving that I bought I actually found at Target and is a 5 shelf one that was a little less expensive than the ones at Lowes and actually rated for more weight. Mine went through severe wind and thunderstorms last night and did not budge at all and it is not anchored down at all. The roof I put on did not stop the horizontal rain obviously, but did keep the top of the smoker dry for the most part. I actually remove the electronic part when the smoker is not in use anyway.
     
  14. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    Well checked the target and they didn't have it. . . So looks like I'm going to get the four tier

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  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chappy, morning.... Sorry about the delay...    My MES and rack are on the covered porch...  For a cover on the MES, I have a huge plastic bag from the tire shop guys...
     
  16. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    I see. . . I went with the cover from masterbuilt

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  17. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

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  18. I want to so this! can I buy this shelf online from target? What did u use fe the roof?
     
  19. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    About how much does the mes 40 weigh? I can't find any info anywhere. . . Not even masterbuilts website

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  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    maybe 40#'s....   Those shelves will hold a lot more than a smoker....  Dave
     

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