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NEW MES 30

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I need some advice.

Will be using the MES 30 for sausage, snack sticks and smoked cheese only.

Smoker came yesterday. Last night I by-passed the digital relay and it will now

be controlled by a PID.

Totally removed the chip tray assembly and tube

.(installed a homemade adjustable vent cover)

My question is: Do I need some sort of heat shield over the heating element

(quarry tile) or just fill the water pan with silica sand? Maybe I don't need to be

concerned with big temperature variation at low temps (??)

 

Thanks for your input.

Jim

post #2 of 10
I would ship that bad boy to me!!!

Just kidding...

I'm interested in the responces you get! The only electric smoker I have used are cookshacks and those were at my various jobs over the years... I've been eyeing MB prices to get one for home!
post #3 of 10

I think you may be running the risk of grease fire without something protecting the element. What are you going to use to generate smoke?

post #4 of 10

I use a AUBER PID and also keep the chip tray in the smoker. The chip tray protects the element.  Now the loading tube is another story. I use Riverat's mod. It is a adjustable damper.

 

 

Just a corn can with a little glass tape to seal it up good.

The adjustable damper allows me to dial in the air to the AMNPS.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

AMAZN Pellets.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jted View Post
 

I use a AUBER PID and also keep the chip tray in the smoker. The chip tray protects the element.  Now the loading tube is another story. I use Riverat's mod. It is a adjustable damper.

 

 

Just a corn can with a little glass tape to seal it up good.

The adjustable damper allows me to dial in the air to the AMNPS.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
 

I think you may be running the risk of grease fire without something protecting the element. What are you going to use to generate smoke?


Will be using the Amazn Pellets.

I installed a 8" x 8" piece of quarry tile over the heating element.

That hopefully will protect it.

post #7 of 10

Borderman Welcome to SMF If you are using it for sausage. I made a rack that is eay to do and cheap.Take a look.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/174140/sausage-rack-mes40-w-step-by-step

 

I use a 3" ell out of my exhaust vent 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 


Tropics,

Thank you very much.

I found this post of yours earlier and made racks

to fit the MES 30.

post #9 of 10

What generation MES is it? The vent position difference between generations seems to make a difference. You might want to do some test runs with something cheap like chicken and monitor the air temps at each rack then proceed from there.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

It is a MES 30 Model 20070910 Digital.

AC power comes in through the bottom. ( which is good for making disconnecting the controller)

Vent is on the top right hand corner.

This will be my dedicated snack stick, cheese and sausage smoker.

All other Q is done on a WSM.

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