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post #21 of 23
Originally Posted by gary s View Post

I'm not being a smart A _ _   but how do the leaks seal themselves ?




Gary, Foam hit the nail on the head in post #19.  Thanks, Foam.



post #22 of 23
Originally Posted by midwestray View Post

Got a question. I put a 6" AMNPS tube with hickory pellets and ran a trial run at cold smoking (no Heat) on my 30” analog. Got full smoke for the entire 2 hours. But the smoke was a thick gray and it left creosote all over the inside. Would adding a vent at the top solve the problem? Any advice would be great.. Thanks!



It is very difficult to achieve TBS while cold smoking.  The temperature of the fire is just not hot enough.

You want to produce a thin layer of smoke, not a fog, and pass it over your food quickly.  I open all my vents and will even crack the door to allow for more oxygen in and out of my smokers


The Tube Smoker can produce a lot of smoke for a small cabinet like the Masterbuilt Analog

Decrease the amount of pellets used and increase the airflow thru your smoker.  I only use the Tube Smoker 1/2 full with pellets during cold smoking

Colder days will also produce a more dense smoke.  Think of it like fog in a swamp.  The cooler temps of the lower areas will condense moisture and create fog.  The same thing happens when cold smoking in colder temps.  The temp of the smoke is not high enough to rise out of the smoker quickly.


Some guys use a mailbox mod with great success.  I always open the exhaust vent and crack the door for more airflow.  It doesn't matter if it's a MES, Pellet Grill or one of my other smokers.  Airflow in and out is very important

No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #23 of 23
Originally Posted by migraine View Post

Yes, at add a 3" vent, but put in the side at the top/back, not in the top like I did.
I also add a few more small holes 1/2"-5/8" in the bottom, too.  I close them as needed
BTW, the temp guage isn't even close to accurate and the temp dial on the heating element is inconsistent.
Get a PID to control your temps.
I've tried the pellet tube and so far I don't care for it.  I'll stick to the pellet tray.  
Have fun...


Originally Posted by dwaytkus View Post

I too have the MES Analog and had the same exact issues.  Read countless threads on this issue.  I didn't want to make giant holes to use a Mailbox mod so this is what I went with.  I found this info on the MES XL Mod post.

I ordered this stack from Master Forge.

Here is the info posted for ordering from another SMF member.
Ordering information for the stack
Service Dept # (800) 963-0211 hrs 8am-6pm M-T 8am-5pm F EST
The lowes model number is 0190449
They said that they didnt use the model number for the part but used the item description but here are both
Smoker Stack - 302-02009-00
On the assembly instructions its reference id is H

Once I received it I mounted it in the center of the top.  

I also Drilled out the drip hole in the bottom and made it 1".  

This is a great stack and very easy to install.  Just need a bit for drilling the hole, some hi temp silicone I got in the grill department at Lowes and some screws and nuts.  

I am finding out in really cold weather below 30 it doesn't cold smoke well so I plug in my smoker and run my Auber PID at around 50 degrees.

Another thing I am finding out that really helps alot is microwaving my pellets.  I put them in a bowl.  Microwave for a minute.  I then mix them by hand and go for another minute.  

Hope this helps a fellow Analog user.


This stack should be a sticky I've been looking for weeks it not months for something like this. Much better than the dryer duct I bought today glad I kept searching.
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