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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ddawson31, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. New to this, Have a Masterbuilt elec smoker. Just not sure how much too keep top vent open or closed.
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  3. orlandosmoking

    orlandosmoking Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to the SMF. Like Beer-B-Q said, take the free 5 day course. It's a good introduction of the basics. Spend a few hours reading here on SMF and at Jeff's site as well and you should have all the information to get a good start. Feel free to ask questions as the folks on here are very helpful and quite friendly.
    I too have a new MES since Black Friday but am still in the learning phase. Someone with more experience may come along and correct me but I always keep the vent at least 1/2 to 3/4 open as you want good circulation to prevent the formation of creosote.
    Hope this helps and good luck. Don't forget to take some pictures and post the qview for all to enjoy your results

  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site Dawson.
    Lots of MES users on here who will be able to tell you better than me but I think the top vent should be open all the way but I'm only basing that on figuring all top vents should be open all the way almost all the time.
  5. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Have fun and,
  7. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The only reason you would ever close the vent on the MES is to create more humidity. That is usually not going to be the case so just keep it open all the time. If you were smoking in a very dry climate and the humidity level is very very low... you could close the vent to establish more humidity in the smoker. You never want to see moisture inside the smoke box (which the window allows you to peek into) in the way of droplets on the wall or the window. This will give you a sour taste in your meat. Seein that your in Florida where the humidity is relatively high... you won't ever need to close off the vent. You want to keep a steady flow of heat passing through the unit.
  8. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, Ddawn!
  9. chef jeff tx

    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

    Howdy, welcome aboard!
  10. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF,We are glad to have you onboard
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    DD welcome to SMF from Crystal River way. Have fun and happy smoking
  12. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF.
  13. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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  15. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF my new friend. On most smokers, the top vent is open, when it's shut you're encouraging stale smoke to linger in the cabinet. It can produce creosote, which is a health issue.
  16. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG] I would say keep it wide open so the smoke flows freely.

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