New MES 40 model 20070211

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mikeh, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    Just got done putting together my new MES 40 that I bought at Sams Club.  Everything started out great, but when we got home and took the smoker out of the box, there was a good size dent on the lower part of the door.  Well, we boxed it back up and drove the 80 miles round trip to take it back for another one.  We did look for dents on the door of the new one, but failed to see the small dent on the top edge of the unit..  Wasnt thrilled, but wont take it back for that ding.. I dont have time to season it today so will do that in the morning.  My goal is to have some ribs going for the Sunday evening meal.  This is my first try with electric and I hope that I dont have any major failures.  I did buy the 3 year extended warranty also after reading of other units failing within a short time on SMF.   Just wanted to tell everyone about my new toy....   Have a great weekend.

  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


     Have fun!!

  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on the new MES, looking forward to hearing and hopefully seeing your rib success tomorrow!
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dents suck but the smoker should rock - looking forward to seeing the qview
  5. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Congrats on the new toy, you're gonna love it!
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to the MES owners club! Good luck with your first smoke!
  7. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    I am seasoning the smoker as I type.  So far, it has heated up, but the thermo on the unit and my digital thermo that I placed on the rack are way different.  It said the unit was at 275 deg, but my digital was saying 223.  Now that is a huge difference.  I am going to let it go for awhile and then go check it again.  I have read that there are issues like this with these smokers.  I hope that I can get it hotter that 225 or I will be not happy.  I will wait and see before I make any more comments...  Have a great Sunday all..

  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The probe for you MES is right in the heat.  Wait for things to settle down a little and they should equal out.

    Go by the temp on your racks, and not the temp shown on the digital display of your MES.

    Also test your meat probe, but that should be within a couple degrees.

  9. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    congrats on the smoker..
  10. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    At 238 last check on my digital thermo.  I have my probe just above the middle rack.   I use half a potatoe to place the probe in and set it to where it sits just above the rack.  I will keep watching it, but do hope that the temp comes up some more... I have less than 2 hrs left in the seasoning process.  Will keep watching it. 

  11. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    Well, the seasoning process is almost done.  I have put a cup of hickory chips in like the directions state and it is making good smoke.  Looks like the best I can get on temp is right at 250 degs.   deg.  Does anyone know if there is something I can do to help with getting the temps up to what the specs say....275 degs?  I will be adjusting for the 25 deg difference this afternoon when I do a slab of ribs and some veggies for the wife... 

    So far, I am not 100% satisfied since I am seeing some anomallys with the unit, but most all my stuff I smoke will be in the 225-240 deg range..  This first smoke will be the test and I will decide if I want to contact Masterbuilt or not...or maybe send a pm to Daryl? I have read that there is a MES guy on this forum...   

  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Did you test your therm in boiling water to see if it is accurate?
  13. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    Al, I did test my thermo after I got done seasoning the unit.  It came out at 210, so I think I am close with it.  212 is boiling.  I have the food in there now and have the smoker temp set to 275 and my thermo is around 225, so there is a huge difference.  I am just going to have to see if the temp goes up any more for the rest of the smoke.  I started it at 11:30 and it took along time for the heat to rise on my thermo...  This is my first smoke so I will have to try it a few times to see what I am gonna get....... 

  14. I have found that if you put cold water in the water pan when you start, it takes a lot longer time for the MES to heat up. Try putting hot (boiling) water in to the pan and see if the MES heats up faster.
    I have found that the the temperature immediately above or near the water pan will be lower than elsewhere inside the MES, especially if you started with cold water in the water pan. Try placing your digital thermo probe very near the MES's built in probe (it is a small round stem sticking out from the back on the right side about halfway up) and then see how much difference there is between the MES's display and the reading on you digital thermo. If the readings are close, then the MES's display temperature reading is OK and you just have to adapt to the different temp zones inside the MES box.

    Just my thoughts...
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you can't get it above 225, even 250, when it's set at 275. I would definitely contact Masterbuilt.  Mine works just the opposite of yours. When I set mine at 215 it's really at 225-230.
  16. mikeh

    mikeh Smoke Blower

    Al, I am thinking of doing a pork butt this next weekend. I will see what it does during a longer smoke. If I cant get the temps up closer to the top during warmup, then I will touch base with Masterbuilt. Or if Daryl, the MES guy, sees this, maybe he will chime in.... The ribs tasted great and didnt have any issues with getting good smoke.... thanks for all the replys..

  17. mbtechguy

    mbtechguy Newbie

    Hi Mike,  Send me a PM with your address.  Tks.  Darryl

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