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Finally Done with NB

post #1 of 9
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I love my MES30 but was looking to try and change up a bit.  Found this NB on Craigslist last spring and picked it up.  Don't have a picture of start, I took it apart as I was taking it out of the pickup.

 

Already have the side box off, the couple I bought it from started to sand and paint but did not get it all done.

 

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Here is the firebox sanded with a new coat of paint.

 

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Main unit cleaned up and painted

 

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Couple pics of unit put back together.

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One of the mod's, made a new box for the burner with expanded metal.

 

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Found a piece of metal and cut out for the tuning plate, can't find picture of it cut down.

 

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Loaded up ready for test fire and burnout

 

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Got all the probes lined ready to test the side by side temps

 

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Not too bad for the first run, temps pretty close across the grates, not great but a good start.

 

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New there was weather in the area, was watching radar.  Here it comes.

 

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Had to take all the temp probes and thermo's in quick, this was within minutes of the picture above.

 

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Usually only have time to smoke on Sunday's.  This year after I got the smoker ready I was either racing or the forecast was for rain so never used it all summer, I actually tried a rack of ribs one day but the weather did not cooperate and ended up having to stick them in the MES after a couple of hours.  the MES is in a screened in porch.

 

 

Thanks for looking.

 

PS  I am way late on posting this and used it today for a Rack of Ribs, will post that smoker later.

 

Gary

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 9

Looks great Gary, nice job on restoring the old girl!

post #3 of 9

Wonderful jobicon14.gifof restoration of a very good smoker. You'll have great fun with her. Will you be using Charcoal or Wood in her? I am a wood burner an can help if you decide to go that way. Have a good time with her and...

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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Looks great Gary, nice job on restoring the old girl!


Thanks for the compliments Al.



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Originally Posted by oldschoolbbq View Post

Wonderful jobicon14.gifof restoration of a very good smoker. You'll have great fun with her. Will you be using Charcoal or Wood in her? I am a wood burner an can help if you decide to go that way. Have a good time with her and...

 

Thanks, I used charcoal this last weekend but would like to try wood someday for reference.  I will bookmark this and probably will need your help to get going.

 

Gary
 

 

post #5 of 9

Have a NB similar to yours and I am trying to get it smoke worthy again:  where can you find replacement parts?

post #6 of 9

Congrats on the restoration.  Looks like brand new.  Good job.

post #7 of 9

nice job on the restore............what are the corner brackets on the charcoal basket made of?

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nice job on the restore............what are the corner brackets on the charcoal basket made of?

The expanded metal and corner brackets I found in the hardware store, all just on the shelf.  It was all regular metal, I was careful not to use anything that was galvanized.
 

 



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Congrats on the restoration.  Looks like brand new.  Good job.

Thanks frosty
 

 

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Originally Posted by geauxtiger View Post

Have a NB similar to yours and I am trying to get it smoke worthy again:  where can you find replacement parts?


geauxtiger, I was lucky that I could find everything I needed in the local hardware store.  I replaced all the bolts with one size bigger and that made the whole unit much more sturdy.  If you go to the search engine here and type in side box modification you will find a ton of great information.

 

Gary

 

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