I have read where many folks have attempted to modify the MES to allow for a more uniform cooking interior. I do not know if this particular attempt of mine is plagiarism or not. If so , my apologizes up front.
Problem. Overheating in the right rear corner of the smoking chamber.
Theory. Move the heat to the front and left side of the chamber using a floor tile. The heat should then cross through the chamber, evenly, to the right rear exhaust port providing uniform distribution of heat and smoke.
The tile was cut using a diamond blade on an angle grinder. The dimensions were such to allow for 1/4" rear and right sides. This restriction should increase the flow to the front and left sides where 3/4" gap was planned.
The rebar tie wire, holding up the tile, is adjusted so the front of the plate is 1/4" higher than the rear of the tile. This should allow for a thermal/convection current to migrate the heat forward and left.
These implemented modifications should allow for a perfect cooking chamber.
This tile is too big and could cause damage to the smoker from the sides overheating
Keep at least a 1 1/2" gap around all sides....
The tile is suspended by tie wire in a "sling" arrangement to allow for expansion.
There is approx. 3/4" air space between the tile and smoke/heat generator.
The water pan does not fit in its original location now. No problem, I do not use water in the smoker.
I will use foil on the tile for a drip pan.
During "warm-up" the rear right corner was 50* hotter than the front left. After initial heat-up, the oven sides are all within 8*F
The tile really retains heat for now.
jr's buttermilk marinated chicken is ready to enter the smoker and I will follow-up on the success of the uniformity
of the tile test with the chicken.
Edited by DaveOmak - 1/12/12 at 8:51am