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MES 40 from Amazon

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So I bought a Cajun Injector 30" the other day at Gander Mountain on a whim.  I knew the MES 30" was a decent little workhorse but didn't know much about it.

 

I haven't opened it yet and yesterday got to work and decided to do some research.  I was hoping for mods, tips, tricks, etc.  Instead I  found that this was probably not worth the money I spent since the CI is no longer a true MES clone.

 

So I am taking that thing back and getting the MES 40" Digital with the remote.

 

I already have 2 WSM 18.5" for competition but I wanted something a little easier for weekends and small smokes.

 

I have 9lbs of pork belly getting picked up tomorrow from a butcher to do some bacon but I think I'll be seasoning the MES this weekend if I have time.

 

I'm so glad to be back on this site.  It's good to see the familiar folks and all the new folks!

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I can't help much with the CI, I have MES 40 and love it. The thing I found out was the set temperature is not accurate, but being a seasoned smoker, you will check your cabinet temps! It is wonderful for cold smoking (doesn't make much smoke if any at temps less than 200*) using the A-MAZE-N smokers and works just as well with the higher temps. Virtually set it and forget it on long smokes. 

 

Don't forget the q view when you make the bacon...

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Originally Posted by SmokinHusker View Post

I can't help much with the CI, I have MES 40 and love it. The thing I found out was the set temperature is not accurate, but being a seasoned smoker, you will check your cabinet temps! It is wonderful for cold smoking (doesn't make much smoke if any at temps less than 200*) using the A-MAZE-N smokers and works just as well with the higher temps. Virtually set it and forget it on long smokes. 

 

Don't forget the q view when you make the bacon...

Thanks for the tips Alesia!  I talked to Todd via email about which A-MAZE-N smoker to use in the CI so I do plan on getting that before I do the bacon.  I've got a few Mavericks that I can use to check the temps so that won't be an issue.  Now I just need to figure out if I want to mount this on a cart or at least put it on a cart.

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Glad I could give you some insight! My boyfriend made me a cabinet for my MES:

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/gallery/image/view/album/26257/id/133288/sort/display_order

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That's very cool!

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Yep it's pretty handy and I can operate it with the remote from inside the house. Easier than having it in the shed, where it was at first, and prevents the atvs from smelling like smoked chops too!

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Well my smoker just arrived a day after I ordered it thanks to Amazon Prime!  I'm a network admin for a warehouse so they brought the smoker to me on a pallet jack.  An easy way to make friends!

 

I'll clean it out and season it soon.

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Woohoo! Congratulations on the new smoker.

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indyadmin1974 congrats on your new MES, and welcome to the MES owners club here at SMF!

 

We will be looking forward to your smoking adventures with your new MES and hopefully some Qview.

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