Originally Posted by Dr K
I hope all have no regrets on the MES Gen they own. We all want nothing but success stories, I researched the MES on SMF for a year and listened to comments and then bought ( 40" GEN 1) because of DaRiksta's find at such a great price and the polls on SMF. I have inspected all MES GEN's and the Gen 1 is a completely different animal. We need a thread on the fire box of the GEN 1 compared to the 2 and BT 2.5 because the others don't have a box/housing. On the Gen 1, when the air comes in through the three holes in the chip loader the box contains it to the three holes on the exit side, to the middle of the smoker. If you don't use chips and use the AMNPS, then you get 100% air shooting though the three housing holes to the center, stoking the AMNPS. My God, make sure the foil covering the bottom drip pan hole is punched out when you foil it. That's a lot of air coming into the CC! I continuously tell people to try to keep a flame lit at the drain pan opening (on the outside of the smoker) to verify the draw of air that comes into the smoker. When your smoker has been going you can't keep a flame lit. I look forward with great anticipation for any kind of feedback on this test. Never once has anyone responded. With the GEN 1 chip tray installed all the way in and the loader all the way in (up or down loaded position), whatever, your getting something your not from the Gen 2 and 2.5 BT. I have nothing but great results from the GEN 1 40" RF controller. I can't comment on the 2.5 BT range. Masterbuilt even tries to get you on to their other two Gen's in stock because the they can't keep the GEN 1's in stock. Get a Gen 1!
Great Advice Dr K !!!
When I think about it, I wonder if for some people that drain is a problem??
I don't get much fat or grease going down that drain, but I could see that being a cause for problems with the AMNPS.
If Fats and grease go down that drain while the smoker is hot. Then the Fat cools when the Smoker cools, causing the drain to be blocked, and not allowing air flow through that drain.
This could cause the burning of the AMNPS to be hard to keep going, until the smoker heats up enough to get the drain working again. Then the AMNPS burns much better.
Like I said, this is just a guess, because I don't get enough fats & grease down my drain to cause this, but I could see it happening to some.