Originally Posted by SmokingNewb
Masterbuilt 40in. Digital Electric Smokehouse Model# 20072612
I'm using the stock smoke chip tray. Using pellets.
I was only closing off the exhaust temporarily to snuf out the fire in the tray. When the fire went out I cracked it open again.
OK I'm unfamiliar with your model number...does it look like this:
Or perhaps like this:
First pic is my old 1st gen MES...second pic is a stock photo of the 2nd gen rigs.
I've heard of problems with flare ups in the newer designed models because the chip tray sits too close to the element. I'm sure some mods have been discussed to address this issue, but I'll have to do a little searching to find them. Whether you have the 2nd gen model, or the 1st gen like mine, the best way to solve your smoke generation issues is to get an AMNPS from A-Maze-N Products
It produces perfect blue smoke for hours without reloading, and you don't have to worry about flare ups.
Here's mine getting ready to go in the smoker, with about a half a load of pellets:
In the 1st gen MES, the spot to place the AMNPS is on the little stainless rails to the left of the element/chip tray assembly (red arrow in the pic below):
I think I read where they took those rails out in the newer design...perhaps someone who owns a 2nd gen can jump in and say where's the best place for the AMNPS in that rig.
Hope this helps at all. If not, ask away and we'll figure it out.
Edited by SeenRed - 5/26/14 at 2:12pm