Miersc77, if you're going to join our club you must learn the lingo! Yes, MES stands for Masterbuilt...blah blah blah. Just a faster way to type it. That site has been in my Favorites since last year. Whenever he posts a recipe and it's from Planet Barbecue or the Bible book I smirk with satisfaction because I've already got it.
Costco had ONE lonely copy of that DVD set so I snagged it. They've never carried it again. It was meant to be.
The MES is a different animal than the dual fuel smoker. Remember, I have a MES 30 Gen 1 and using it is as easy as pie (when using the AMNPS). I've got 3 racks of St. Louis ribs in there today. I'm not going to foil them so all I'm doing is tracking the inside temps with my ET-733. I've got the probes on two separate grates on each side of the smoker to test the temp differences. As Bearcarver has said, the right side is hotter than the left side but the gap between the two temps varies. As the day goes on and since it's been a sunny warm day I have to readjust my set point to keep the controller temp where I want it. But for the most part there have been no huge temp fluctuations--no more than maybe 2-3° once the controller stabilizes. This is one of the easiest smokes I've ever enjoyed.
Ha, yes the lingo. I suppose a more appropriate response would have been, Oh I'm getting a MES? Is that what your getting me for May Christmas?
If I did have an electric joby I would be able to do jerky.... or actually smoke anything at low temps. You keep putting ideas in my head the Mrs isn't going to let me keep talking to you!
Can't wait to see those ribs!