Originally Posted by Dr K
The pics below go with post 4 and 7 of this thread.
Todd's can chimney idea to keep the controller less greasy. I think it's primarily for Gen 1 models with the controller next to the top vent in the back. Regular magnets on the side of the can keep the wind from blowing it off.
Refrigerator magnets to cover openings.
Wally world $8 cover.
I use an umbrella infront of my sliding glass door as an awning to keep the house cooler. It also shades the MES. I wonder how the controller fares covered in direct summer sun without shade? It's a lot hotter covered in the sun than when the smoker is operating.
You've got a nice deck there. I see that old offset smoker of yours there by the railing. I don't have any decks at my house, just porches. A rear patio made of outdoor tiles is on the wish list. I would hope that MB factored in outdoor summer heat and the smoker cover when they designed the controller and the rest of the MES.
As for grease potentially yuckifying the controller, that's never been a problem for me. I've yet to see any grease on the top controller of my MES 30 Gen 1 after any smoke. I also leave the wood chip loader where it is because...why not? The cooking temps have remained fairly stable during the last couple of smokes and there's adequate airflow inside the smoker to keep the AMNPS lit.
Yours is the smoker I would've bought had I had the money. If I was in the market for a new one and still on a budget I'd be seriously looking at the new Bluetooth models tho I wouldn't be using the BT functions. But I think MB has released or will release a non-BT version of that same new design.