Removing the Chip Tray For More Air ....

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by brickguy221, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    The MES have a cover over the chip tray and the chip tray sits over the coil, so the coil gets good protection.

    My question is ... if a person burning pellets removes the chip tray in attempt to get more air flow from the chip loader hole, will the coil still be protected well with the cover that is over the chip tray?

    One more question and that is ... what effect will this air have on the coil that is coming in directly over the coil?

    I've hear of people pulling the chip tray out 1", so I was wondering what would happen it the chip tray was removed entirely... ???

    Has anyone tried this?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I took everything else out and left the chip tray in for thermal mass... I do have a Mail Box mod.....

  3. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    From the picture, it appears that your coil is better covered than mine is.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I tried the chip tray out for 1 cook in my second Gen1 MES 40. The pellets got too much air and burned 6 hours worth of pellets in about 3 hours. I was smoking Ribs, some grease collected under the coil, in the bottom grease pan, and caught fire. I have had grease there before, with the drawer at 1" and no issue. The chip tray is now back in with the lower shield between the coil and the grease pan as per the manual...JJ

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