Originally Posted by hooked on smoke
Thank's SmokesonTuesday, that'so what I figured.
Another thing I noticed was when the MES would run over set temp by up to 12deg. When the element shuts down to drop the temp the chamber and maverick temp would drop by up to 15deg. Why so much variation?
I have photos from my trial run that I will put up as soon as I get time. Shows my setup. I'm wondering if I'm getting too much air flow through my mailbox that cools it down too fast and too much
I eventually spent thirty seconds to remove the three screws that hold the chip housing in place and got it out of my Gen 1 40" It deflects heat and absorbs it, making large swing below your set point and radiates heat after the element shuts off over shooting the set point. I want my smoker to be as close to a basic oven as possible. The heating cycles are much shorter now.
All bottom mailbox holes are plugged and all air comes in through the bottom of the door at the hinges (no holes in door.) My top Mes vent is half open and the bottom grease drain is plugged, forcing all air going into the smoker to go past the burning pellets. When I'm done applying smoke I remove the mailbox mod and completely plug the chip loader hole and close the top vent as much as possible and put a towel over it to completely eliminate air circulation through the smoker to further shorten element cycles/temp swings.The pics below show how I plug the chip loader opening. If I ever have condensation issues from a sealed smoker I can vent as needed but have never had problems just great heating cycles.