Originally Posted by Stratmeister
Yes I removed the stock exhaust vent and inserted the elbow which I believe the mod says to do. In fact I posted asking that and was told 3 screws hold it in place, etc... Don't mostt smokers simply have a vent stack wide open and control temp with fire and input damper? I figured the mod essentially mimicked that.
I use my Maverick 732 to monitor smoker temp so I don't rely on the controller except to increase or decrease heat source.
With the A-maze-N pellet maze I keep the chip loader upside down and slightly out. Am I getting too much draft that way?
I never had to do those things to my MES, so I'm not sure about it, but it seems strange to have a completely wide open 3" hole at the top without a damper in it.
Those other smokers that use an input damper to control the heat---Have an Input Damper. The MES does not. All of the control comes from the top vent.
Some people think having an MES top vent all the way open is letting out too much heat, and that's a lot less than having a 3" Diameter hole with a stack in it.
However, like I said I never got involved in Modding my MES units, so someone could correct me.