Let me start by saying that I have searched and read most if not all the MES temp threads. I know the Gen1 is deemed better than the Gen2. I know MB will possibly replace my control unit. I know a PID would solve the issue (not really, it would solve the temp issue but not the issue of a brand new smoker not getting to temp).
New MES 30 owner here. I am 99.9% sure it is a Gen2 unit. Having a tough time with how long my smokes are taking. Easily double the "average" (only two smokes so far). So today I hooked up my Maverick to test rack or chamber temps and it was WAY low! I had the MES set to 275* for an hour and the highest I got on the Maverick was 200*. I put the meat in (Pork Loin) and the chamber temp dropped to 180's. I also dropped the MES to 230 at one point... stupid I know but I am trying to figure this out.
I was using a potato on the same rack as the meat (2nd rack down as per Bear). I even moved the potato to the rack right below the meat later in the smoke and while it read slightly higher (186-188) it still was no where neat the 230 I had the unit set at. So the temp probe is through the potato and sticking out about 3/4-1". I have the potato as far back as it will go in the chamber so I am reading within about 3-4" of the back wall at this point.
I am going to double check the Maverick with some boiling water here as soon as the pork is done.
I am at a loss here. Other than checking the Maverick is there something I am doing wrong?
Thank for your time!