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MES smoke box mod

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After reading a lot of MES modification threads I was inspired to build my own smoke box. I currently have no intentions to cold smoke but I wanted to increase the wood capacity/smoking time as well as make something that I could check/service/refill without opening the door (I didn't like having to find a flashlight to peer down the tube to check the chip tray). I ended up using a 4" round tin can and a dryer duct elbow. I installed a piece of screen to hold the chips off the bottom and drilled some holes for air circulation. After numerous trials (and errors) I found that it worked best when I filled it with chips and then set one lit chunk on top. I also found that it only needed one 1/4" hole in the bottom to produce enough draft. I set it on a ceramic tile to absorb the eat and then just pushed it up against the loading tube. The smoker drafted perfectly. I am getting 3 hours of smoke without messing with it, which for me is a great upgrade for the 30 minutes using the stock chip tray. Well worth the $5 investment.

 

post #2 of 5

NICE MOD!

Happy smoken.

David

post #3 of 5

Very Impressive...Nice Job!

 

Sure beats spending a bunch for a smoke generator.

 

Happy Smoking,  John

post #4 of 5

Nice!   Do you think that would work with pellets?

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Originally Posted by dirtworldmike View Post
 

Nice!   Do you think that would work with pellets?

I'm not sure. I have never used pellets. The chips burn pretty fast and strong with this setup so I don't know if they pellets would burn out too quickly. The next time I use it I am going to try adding some more wood chunks in the mix so it will burn longer.

 

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Originally Posted by BandCollector View Post
 

Very Impressive...Nice Job!

 

Sure beats spending a bunch for a smoke generator.

 

Happy Smoking,  John

It definitely beats spending the $75 for the MES smoke generator. I also like that I don't have to run another extension cord to my setup.

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