I have read a great many threads on here regarding the retro-kit for my MES 40 (model 20070211).
After three smokes, I can positively say this thing is not producing ash. Two smokes at 225, one at 275.
Here are photos of the chip tray after 11 hours. The tray was in the smoker the entire time, with chips added right at the beginning and for about 5 hours. Probably a total of about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of chips in all. Theses photo show the chip tray at the end of 11 hours, with no chips or ash removed at any time. Basically I am left with a pile of small charcoal lumps.
I would get small periods of TBS, and periods there was no visible smoke.
Is this normal behavior? Is this how a good smoker should leave the wood? My little brinkman always left me with ash. I called MB. They said I should not expect ash, nor should I expect smoke below 180* as it's 'designed' this way....
What say you, the voices of practical experience? Should I be happy and trust the smoker is working perfectly, or should I ask for the retro-fit kit.
Again, these pictures are after the chips had been in the smoker for 11 hours @ 225