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post #21 of 29
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Hello People of SMF. Sorry for the lapse in postings...been busy.

 

OK, so I switched to wood chunks to see what happens and YES, I definitely get smoke. But I still can't get smoke at low temps.

 

Here's what I've been doing (remember, she's an analog).....I pre-heat the MES (with water in the pan, without, with sand, etc...doesn't seem to matter) on HIGH until I get the thing smoking. Internal temps have gone over 400, but normally it's around 350 (with no protein in it).

 

But now I have to get my temp down. I turn the knob to LOW....and the power light now goes off. Which I understand; the smoker thinks, correctly, that the unit is too hot.

 

Here's the rub: With the power set to LOW and the MES toggling power on and off to maintain that LOW setting, the MES won't produce enough heat to combust the wood. I think it's taking too long to drop the temp, and the wood stops smoking from the element being off for too long.

 

Do any of you guys have a good method for dropping the heat in your MES, without losing the combustion powers of the heating element?? Or maybe you guys don't preheat it on HIGH....maybe medium to get the smoke rollin'.

 

Thanks as always!

mike

post #22 of 29

I read through this thread and was surprised no one has yet suggested getting an AMNS or AMNPS to generate TBS. The AMNS and AMNPS work great at low smoking temperatures and for hot smoking too. You still need sufficent air vents on the smoker when using the AMNS/AMNPS, so no wasted effort in what you did so far.  Just a thought...


Edited by hkeiner - 1/11/12 at 10:53am
post #23 of 29

Had the Exact same problem with my analog MES30 and the chips turning to charcoal. was about to throw out the smoker until I found this forum and a couple of facebook groups. I bought an AMZNPS, drilled 3 holes and put 3/4" pipe nipples in. I hole in top left rear, 1 in bottom right back, and 1 in right side. 

 

I fired up the pellet tray, put it in the smoker, and wallah! TBS for hours! I sand and repainted it red. I also added a Maverick ET-732

 

Now the challenge I am having is with the tray burning pellets too fast and it burning 2 channels at once so I need to pay closer attention to the load in the tray and how I light it.

 

 

 

 

post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 

Sadler, that thing looks SICK! You power sand it??

 

And yeah, I've now worked with my MES30 enough now that I get consistent results. It just takes a little bit more baby-sitting then what I was planning on. A AMZNPS is definitely on my want list.

post #25 of 29
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Sadler, that thing looks SICK! You power sand it??

 

And yeah, I've now worked with my MES30 enough now that I get consistent results. It just takes a little bit more baby-sitting then what I was planning on. A AMZNPS is definitely on my want list.

Here is what it looked like before and after Primed.

 

Yes, I power sanded, primed, and painted it with 900 degree caliper paint.

 

 

post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by sadler850 View Post
 

Here is what it looked like before and after Primed.

 

Yes, I power sanded, primed, and painted it with 900 degree caliper paint.

 

 

Add that to my to-do list as well.....custom MES! Nice work

post #27 of 29

So I have the same smoker and my chips just turn black with no ash. Don't want to drill holes and can't afford anything else to add on. Can i just take the lid completely off the chip tray? 

post #28 of 29

You can! The lid simply keeps food drippings from dousing your chips. I would suggest putting a disposable drip pan on the bottom shelf over your chip pan. Lack of venting on that model smoker will keep your chips turning black, you can help a little by loosening the latch on the door to allow more air in. Air will seep in at the bottom and smoke will escape from the top. Sawdust will smoke better then chips. 

post #29 of 29

I am trying something new today. I have the same smoke as you Mike.....and hate the black chips. Today I amm leaving the cover off the wood box and I have to tell you,, Tons of smoke and it seems to be turning to ash. That may be working for now.

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