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1st time pork butt

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Thread Starter 
Was going to do a butt tommorrow,( butt ) I got chompin' at the bit. It's goin' in tonight.
Using my MES 30 and amazn pellets so I don't have to stay up tonight. My question
is what to do with the chip feeder thing? I've taken the chip tray out. Thought I saw
something on here about it but can't remember. Pics to follow.

Happy smoking,
Big AL
post #2 of 3

This is Todd's instructions on the setup for a MES.



Cold Smoking

  • Pull the chip pan out 1 ½”
  • Remove the chip loader ¼ way to all the way out
  • Place the AMNPS on the rails, or on top the chip pan housing
  • Install Water Pan - Use as a heat deflector

Hot Smoking

  • Pull the chip pan out on 1 ½” - Do Not Remove!  Chip Pan Doubles as a "Heat Shield" for the door and bottom.
  • Pull the chip loader out, ¼ MAX - Control Draft buy push/pull in or out.  If you remove the Chip Loader completely, air moves too fast thru the MES.
  • Place AMNPS on the rails – Try with lighted side away from the element or facing element, to see what position works best.
  • Install Water Pan with No Water in the water pan - Excess moisture will keep the pellets or sawdust from burning properly.  If you feel you need extra moisture, fill a small loaf pan and set it on the lowest shelf.


post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks AL, but unfortunately I posted too late last night to get the help I needed.

So in winging it I didn't do it like that. I did leave the chip loader out some

but the pellets went out. Basically there was no smoke when I got up this morning.

That was at the 9 hour mark. It sure looked good, so I put the chip tray back in and have been adding chips for the last 3 hrs. Going to add chips until it's done. Should still turn out alright,

just unsure about the smoke. Q-view to come.




  Happy Smoking,

    Big AL 

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