Originally Posted by JNorth
I'm looking at picking up a MES 40 from Sam's Club and I had a few questions I couldn't quite find the answers from in older posts.
Weather resistance; I don't have a garage or a shed I can easily move it in and out of but I can stuff it in my airstream for the winter. will just putting a cover over it for the summer be sufficient? It doesn't rain that much up here (~11" or so a year).
Cold Smoking; I haven't done any cold smoking yet but I would like to. It sounds like getting an AMNPS is the way to go for cold smoking. If you are using them (MES 40 and AMNPS) together for cold smoking do you just not turn the MES 40 on at all?
Temp Probes; I noticed allot of people also use the Maverick ET-732. Is the built in probe on the MES 40 faulty or does the Maverick just have more desirable features?
Finally, I'm planning on mostly smoking sausage and bacon though I'm sure I'll branch out to pretty much everything else. Does anyone have anything particularly useful for those things?
First Welcome to SMF and the electric forum where us MES owners like to hang out.
Weather protection, there is a cover that is sold by Masterbuilt that fits the MES. Sam's used to supply a cover, I don't know if Sam's MES still includes the cover. I used to store my MES outside, however it was stored under an eave so it wasn't in direct sunlight or rain. I just would pull it away from the house when I used it. In the winter I had an additional tarp I put over it for additional protection. However I live in Sacramento Calif area, and our winters are mild compared to most parts of the country. We have since bought a newer home, and it has sort of a gazebo which is really a bbq hut, my weber gas grill and MES are inside under cover there from sun & rain.
Cold Smoking, if you are doing stuff like cheese you need no additional heat, the AMNPS is all you need, for the smoke alone.
Temp Probes, using an remote temp probe is usually an extra precaution for cross check purposes against the MES digital / sensor. If you check your MES sensor against another temp probe and it reads +/- 5 º, then the MES digital readout would be accurate enough. Note just test the MES sensor/digital readout every couple of months to make sure it is still +/- 5 º.
Do either a search using SMF's search or google site search on MES and sausage or bacon, there are several threads regarding that topic. Some have posted mods that make it easier to smoke sausage and bacon (mainly rack improvements for hanging the meat).