Long time off again and on again reader, first time posting since I recently registered, and after alot of research I think I have finally made the decision to buy a MES 40" from Sams Club this weekend (I will refrence this as SC from now on), sorry for the wall of text!
Q1) I see alot of people recommending to buy the extended warranty when you pick one up from SC, so my first question is for those of you that have Sams Club Memberships (I will refrence this as SCM from now on).
I myself do not have a SCM but have a family member that does, so I was looking around on the SC site to verify prices before we go there and saw that you can get a 12mo additional warranty if you have a SCM. To verify stock of the MES 40" I called up the SC we will be going to and asked them if they had any MES 40"s on, hand which they do.
During that time I also asked about the "free" 12mo warranty extension addon you get if you purchase a extended warranty, out of the conversation I got that to get that extra 12mo extension that you have to be an "Advantage Plus" member and not an "Advantage" member.
Those of you that are hold SCM card is it the Advantage Plus card or Advantage card, and if you have the Advantage card did they give you the extra 12mo warranty when you purchased your initial one?
Trying to figure out if the person was just blowing smoke up my butt or if this was a true statment, as their website says no matter what card you get the extra period.
*EDIT* Found the answer to this, you do indeed HAVE to be a Advantage Plus member in order to qualify for the "free" 12mo of extra warranty on top of the one you buy, which in itself is not a bad deal if you frequent the store enough to take advantage of a plus card, otherwise not so much a good idea to get one just for that perk. *EDIT*
Q2) Seasoning / Initial Burn-in.
I know it is best to season the smoker before you start using it by wiping down the inside with water and spraying PAM on the inside, but on the burn-in process are you supposed to burn the unit dry (no wood chips/no water in pan) or is it best to put some chips in there and water, and let it go that way for an hour or so?
Q3) How LOW of a temp can you run on a MES?
I plan on doing cheese now and then, and see alot of people tout the AMNS product for doing low temp smokes, should I plan on investing on one if I plan on doing low temp smokes, or can the MES do it on its own?
Q4) Extra accesories / mods
Are there any recommended mods I should do straight away?
The main one that intrests me are the Internet PID Monitoring Mod and the Smoke Daddy Mod (but guess that would null out my Q3), guess all this is just personal prefrence on what I want to do however.
I am sure I will have more questions whenever I get the smoker home and start messing with it some but for now here they are, all the info I have been reading up on so far has helped greatly, this site seems to be one of the better ones out there for an all encompasing source on all things smoke releated.
Thanks for reading!