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Just bought a mes newbie

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Hello everyone. I have enjoyed reading on this site and decided to join. Just purchased a mes smoker and seasoning it as I type. I've got a pull behind wood smoker my buddy built out of scrap a few years ago and love fixing mainly bouton butts on it. Sure is alot of work though. Lol. I also have been making summer sausages for fun the past couple of years. Look forward to reading alot more and learning how to make some good BBQ on my new one. Here are a few Picts.

For you mes pros about how long do you figure one fill up of chips last. Thanks for any input to some good BBQ.

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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

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I have 2 1st Gen MES and it will only handle a 1/4C of chips without puffing flame. The chips smoke for 30-40 mins before I have to reload. Since most of my smoke take many hours a go with an AMNPS from http://www.amazenproducts.com This pellet smoke generator will burn up to 10 hours on a full load. Good luck and Welcome to the SMF Family...JJ


Caution: You should read this if you haven't already seen it...http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/147573/mes-recall#post_1045503

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 


We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a Kindle Fire, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.


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If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!



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Welcome to the forums!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask when you need anything, and someone here will surely have the answer.


I second everything JJ already said...30-45 minutes is about as long as a load of chips will last in the stock chip tray.  The way to go is the AMNPS from A-Maze-N Products.  It'll make hours of perfect smoke without ever reloading.



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I too have a MES smoker, have to refill the chips about 40 or minutes.  Either soak them or not, although the do last a little longer when soaked.


The very best investment you can make for your MES is an a-maze-n smoker box, the 5 x 8 fits good and can do pellets or dust.  Todd, the owner of that company is sponsor of this site, and get one and you will never look back.


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Thanks for the welcome and replies. I smoked my first butt. It was a smaller one almost 5 lbs. I smoked for 12 hrs at 230 and the meat probe that is built in the smoker said 190. Took it out of the smoker and used my digital meat probe. 168 degrees. No where near 190. Had to put it in oven to finish. Bummer. My buddy said "you rookie" you can't be lazy and put foil pan in there like that. Deflects the heat. Going to have to try again. The smoke flavor was really good though after it finally reached 190 on my other temp probe. Lol.

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Hmmm... Maybe that pan is why mine was taking so long. I'm a smoking rookie too. I had good bark and good smoke, it was just taking firever to get to where I wanted to pull it out. I eventually wrapped it in foil and cranked the heat at 275 and got it to temp. I did let it rest in the cooler wrapped in towels for a while after pulling it. The bone fell right out and pulled just fine. The pulled pork it turned into was amazing! Some of the best I've had, but probably because I made it instead of buying it. Even better the next day!

Have fun experimenting.. We are having a blast with ours.
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