Moving from MES-30 to MES-40

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by holyfeld, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Shot my mouth off and my son is taking my MES-30. [​IMG]

    I've been reading the MES-40 threads. 

    1. I've calibrated my thermometers for profiling the new MES-40 when it arrives.

    2. I'm planning to pull the water pan. I've never used the one in the MES-30, so I shouldn't miss it.

    Questions:

    1. Where is the best place to put my AMNPS? And how do others keep fat from dripping in it?

    2. Does anyone have problems with fat/grease dropping on the smoker floor? Is so, how do I deal with it. I'm not a neat freak, but do believe in basic hygiene. 

    3. How much heat escapes through the glass window I may never clean?

    What basic mods should I consider?

    Don (aka holyfeld)
     
  2. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Keep in mind that the new models may have a different design than your 30 had. Was your 30 an older or new generation design.
     
  3. I'd call my MES-30 the in between generation. It has the window I don't bother cleaning (I smoke to temp, not looks) and the digital controller on top/rear with a remote. Door opens on the left. The "older" model had no window and an analog controller. The "new" generation has larger window and top/front mounted controller. Door opens on the right.

    I'm getting consistently good results with what I smoke. Mainly butt, ribs and chicken. The few times I smoked brisket (packers), even the smallest ones I could find laid on the smoker's sides. The MES-40 is large enough that won't happen.

    I'm sure the design is different. I'm wanting to understand the differences so I can make helpful mods (removing the water pan, put the AMNPS in a good location, ....) and improve from there.
     

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