I ordered the amazing smoker device the other day and I cant wait to get my hands on it!..
Where is the best location inside the MES 30 to place the a-maze-n-smoker ?
Yes--On the bottom floor.
Since you have an MES 30, due to height restrictions, you will probably have to remove your bottom drip pan, and replace it with foil or a foil pan, so your AMNS will fit under the bars. Not a big deal.
If you don't like doing that, you could put the bottom rack in, and put your AMNS on that, all the way to the left, but then I wouldn't put any water in the pan.
I never remove anything from the Heating element up, except I only put the racks I'm using in. That includes all the Chip burner parts & the Water Pan.
That's True, Milkman---For those who have an MES 30 Gen #1, and an AMNPS.
However so nobody gets confused about the first 8 posts on this Thread, that was before there was an AMNPS.
Back then we were talking about the AMNS (Dust Burner), and it was 6" X 6", and did not fit on the two rails. We used to remove the bottom Drip pan, and set the AMNS on the floor on the left side.
Actually my old MES 30 was one of the ones responsible. LOL
Todd Emailed me when he was designing the AMNPS, and asked me to measure the width between the left wall & the Chip Burner Assembly. I think I told him 5 9/16".
He checked with a number of MES 30 owners, to make sure he made it to fit any that may be a little undersized on space there.
I too had the same question of whether or not to leave the ash catching tray in the MES 30, I'm using the mailbox mod w/ 12" pellet tube and LOVE it.
My concern with removing the ash catching pan was that the heating element could direct too much heat on the bottom of the MES. The catcher would deflect the heat I would think. I wonder if this almost enclosed box around the heating element restricts smoke flow from the mailbox mod and shortens the life of the element due to heat soak.
I've got a MES 30 Gen 1 and an AMMPS. To get everything to work perfectly I added the mailbox mod and leave the chip tray pulled out about 2". Never fails to perform great/