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post #21 of 30

This is my first attempt at this site. I really enjoy the 2-door 30" model that I bought. Did some mods on the smoker pan and replaced it with a 6 and 1/2 inch burner off of a gas range and the #8 cast iron skillet trick. Also went the throw a way pan route for the water pan as suggested on the site. Worked out perfect as long as you use wood chunks instead of the worthless chips. I throw a few chips in for instant smoke and the chunks do the work without having to refill neither the wood or water pans.

post #22 of 30
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This is my first attempt at this site. I really enjoy the 2-door 30" model that I bought. Did some mods on the smoker pan and replaced it with a 6 and 1/2 inch burner off of a gas range and the #8 cast iron skillet trick. Also went the throw a way pan route for the water pan as suggested on the site. Worked out perfect as long as you use wood chunks instead of the worthless chips. I throw a few chips in for instant smoke and the chunks do the work without having to refill neither the wood or water pans.

 

Did you actually replace the stock propane burner with one off a gas range? Or did you just add the burner ring?

post #23 of 30

I replaced the wood chip holder with the burner grate off of a gas stove. Note the three white spots that I marked on the grate in the photo. I ground this little tits off with a grinder and it fit the the factory burner sleeve perfectly on the inside edge and sits flat as in picture. It is a 6 1/2 inch grate as far as the round center part. Between that and the cast iron skillet it works perfectly with big wood chunks. Don't bother with chips. I never have to add wood after the initial fill. The disposable aluminum pan works great in place of water pan. I just fine tuned tips from others on this site. I also invested in a Maverick brand remote thermometer that monitors both the food and smoker temps. Works great and can set on the table in my shop while unit sits outside. Hope I answered your question.

post #24 of 30

Hey Guys, First Time Contributing But I have Had the 30" MB for a month Now and I Only Use the Propane to Light the OEM Pan Full Of Natural or Lump Charcoal. Once The Charcoal Has Caught Fire and Turned the Coals Grey, I Add a Few Chunks of Soaked Wood On The Edges of Pan or even in the Bottom of the Smoker. Have Used Chips Wrapped in Foil Directly On Top of Coals but this needs to be repeated frequently as Chips Burn Quickly.

 

The Propane was Giving off a Funny Taste on all my food and It is Impossible to Keep Temps Down with Propane on Lowest Setting. With The Charcoal you are Keeping the heat where you want it by adding a few new pieces of Charcoal or Using a Misting Spray Bottle to Take the Temps Down a Little when needed.

 

I am currently getting ready to order some Modification though. AMNPS Tube, Bayou Classic Burner, Needle Valve, Nomex Insulation, New Temp Guage, Maverick Dual Probe etc. I will Let you Know How It Works Out!

 

post #25 of 30
HogWild have you tried just leaving the top door a little loose to keep your temps down? I know it sounds a little inefficient but it works. I have sealer "felt" around both my doors and with the door open about 1\4 inch I can keep it at 230 to 240 at lowest setting. I' m interested in the needle valve, though. Is Bayou Classic a website?
post #26 of 30

mine will run almost exactly 40 hours on low   

post #27 of 30
I've done the door seals and cast iron pan thing, but I think this is my favorite mod. I don't have a problem with the factory water pan.
post #28 of 30
I completed a few mods as my parts just came in yesterday. Nomex gasket, door thermometer and needle valve with new Propane line.

Bayou Classic is a brand that makes grills, outdoor high pressure cookers and other accessories. I thought one of their burners would replace the factory Masterbuilt but I could not find one with the similar bend that these MES have.

I did however contact Masterbuilt customer service and explain to them what was going on with my smoker. She said she would send me the new burner because it sounds like something broke on it but then she said in case that's not it I'm also going to send you a new knob and gas valve assembly in case that wasn't the problem. She said it would ship out tomorrow at no charge to me whatsoever!

Very pleased to say the least with the customer service.
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post #30 of 30

sounds like a great company to do business with !!!!

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