Originally Posted by KC5TPY
Hello GLOUIE. I find myself between a rock and a VERY hard place. NO SECRET! DaveOmak and I don't always see eye to eye; he tolerates me being here! We have butted heads MANY times in the past. Just a history lesson. BUT! What I CAN tell you is if it's midnight and Dave tells you the sun is shining; you better go check! His advice is sound! He ain't just a pretty face. He knows his stuff. To dismiss his advice out of hand would not be a good thing. If you have the experience to argue thermal mass with Dave; why ask the question? What is it you want to know?
I mean no disrespect. I don't mean to be abrupt. I apologise if I some across that way. I am just confused as to what you are asking. IF the only question you are asking is will foiling help to get through the stall? My answer is I do not foil. I have had no problems with that method. Some folks who do foil claim it does help. I have no experience with that. Keep Smokin!
KC5TPY - Sorry, I don't mean any disrespect to DaveOmak, as I'm sure he as well as many others here have alot more experience than I do with smoking meats. As a mechanical engineer, I do have some training and education in heat transfer, although, I will also admit its been a long time since i've done any real engineering.. besides thermal mass, there are other factors.. heat transfer surface area, thickness of the cut, the amount of heat available..
I don't know why my response to Dave Omaks post puts you in between a "Rock and a VERY HARD Place", as it doesn't specifically concern you.
Likewise, I don't know why you think the only question I asked had to do with "foiling".. the questions in my post specifically asks about smoking in an MES 30. Did Dave provide a response to that? and I don't see where I 'dismissed his advice out of hand..." I simply asked a question, to make sure he took into consideration other factors besides thermal mass. If anything, his response post was a bit dismissive (or short) to my question.. Again, I'm not complaining about the length of his post, I simply asked another question.
Questioning is the only way to learn anything.. You're free to blindly follow what Dave says, (or not, as you allude that you've butted heads with him...), but if something doesn't necessarily make sense even in my limited field of experience, I'm going to question it. For instance, about a month ago I smoked a stuffed 2.5 lb pork loin in about 2-1/2 hours, then a few weeks later, had to smoke 3 x 2.5 lb pork loins in about 3 hours.. so, the triple the thermal mass, triple the smoke time doesn't necessarily follow.
Also, take a look at the response by bmaddox, seems like it directly contradicts what DaveOmalk says.. I don't see you questioning his response telling him he better go check with DaveOmark.