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New mes 40 with cold smoker attachment

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Well a couple weeks back I had purchased a mes 40 from SAMs once they restocked after what I guess was a recall I seasoned it and smoked some BB ribs and beef ribs (they were great) right after that i decided something to make the smoke run a bit longer would be needed to achieve that maintenance free smoking that I was not getting from my side fire box chargriller!! (Which I will still use a good bit since the main reason for this unit is sausage).. Well here it goes a mini review on the mes 40 and cold smoker attachment.

Here is the mes 40 with cold smoker attachment and also a couple of pics of the inside of the cold smoker since I could not find any while researching
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With chute in
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Chip chute out showing heating element
And my foot I guess haha
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Here is the chip chute itself
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Here is the screen on the chip chute that holds the chips from pouring through

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Alright on to the seasoning test run of the cold smoker have the actual smoker on but not heating.. i filled the chute in the cold smoker a bit less then half way here is the layout...the probe on top shelf will be labeled #2 on the maverick and the second to the bottom shelf will be probe #1 don't mind the wood in the smoker figured I may as well season my sausage rack as well

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Here is what I would guess is 45 to a hour in didn't pay Much attention to time

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A nice tbs
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I have no doubt in my mind as long as I ain't trying to do cheese on a 85 90 degree day I will be just fine!

Turned the mes 40heating element on and set temp at 100

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Then brought her up to 140

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Had same to similar on 160 and 180

Road to 225 (had to cut out early due to light rain turning heavy) I started to experience bigger gaps in the maverick mes 40 readings kinda think it could be because it was a empty smoker but could be wrong if the weather is nicer this weekend I will cook something and find out

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Overall I was pretty happy with the mes and the cold smokers performance as far as the cold smoker goes I didn't experience any of the chip feed problems others have but also have not ran a full chimney the partial one I did run still had burning wood going and was producing TBS after over 3 hours when the rain picked up...
The hook to attach the cold smoker unit is a bit annoying the first time it's put on but once you figure out what your feeling for it becomes real simple I installed it and removed it a couple times!! I was happy with the smoke quality from what I seen/smelled but only a good cooking on it well tell for sure so hopefully the weather holds up for the weekend so I can get some q view of it posted up and run a true test!! Sorry for the excessive amount of pics!
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Congrats on the new MES and a good review. I've got the same one and I know you're gonna love it. Now start smokin' some meat!

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