I just came across this thread and sure could have used it earlier. I've been working on doing a mail box modification to my new MES 30. I read a few things about using the mail box before, and my wife wanted a new one (ours is 10 years old and beat up from Halloween pranks and snow plows), so the wife got a new mail box and I got a smoke box. Only thing is, I don't know if it's galvanized or not. It was just a plain, black painted cheapo. Will it get hot enough from the AMNPS to be a problem?
Here are a few pics of what I have so far. Just about done.
I cut the elbow to fit the inside of the hole for the chip loader. Fits snug. I left all the other internals in the smoker.
Cut a 3" hole in the back of the box with a hole saw for the elbow.
Had an old mini fridge lying around that quit working a few years ago and I just never got around to throwing it out. It will make a great stand with storage. Used some cheap shelving brackets to mount it to the side.
I painted up the old box, took a damper off an old charcoal grill that's rusted away, used a dremel tool to cut some holes in the door and mounted it to control air intake.
Here is the box in place.
Just have to set the MES 30 on top, it fits perfect, fridge and smoker have the same footprint. Using the 3" flexible elbows in back of box, with dryer venting running to the smoker. Not pictured is the exhaust. I removed the stock vent and just placed another elbow with an extension. Probably going to put another damper on top, unless you guys think it's better left wide open.
Edited by DV242 - 8/24/15 at 7:02pm