I have the 40 inch MES, the one with the window in the door. I am looking to improve the smoke content in my smoker. I find I am constantly putting in new chips, and my meat does not have enough of the smokey taste. My boss showed me some pictures of the mailbox mod and it seems like this might be a good fix.
A have several questions about this mod. First, do i need to cut another hole at the top? I see a lot of the pictures where people have a hole with a pipe sticking out. This might be the answer to my second question, which is how do you make sure the smoker pulls in the smoke? Is it that you absolutely must put this hole in the top in order to pull the smoke from the mailbox? I'd prefer not to do any mods that are permanent, so if i can get this to function without having to cut into the smoker itself, that would be ideal.
Do i need to remove any of the components inside the smoker? I was hoping I could just pull the tray out and not have to remove anything. I did buy the 3 inch connectors, and i notice when i pulled out the feeder tray and tried to stick it in the 3 inch hole on the side, it is not 3 inches the whole way through. I can only stick the pipe in about and inch and half or so before the hole gets significantly smaller. Is it a must that i remove whatever is making the hole smaller, or is there a way i can secure it with it only in the opening about an inch and a half? If i can, how did you secure it to stay in and not slide out?
Sorry for all the questions, but never really attempted to mod something like this and the last thing i want to do is mess it up and ruin my smoker. Thanks to anyone that can offer any advise/instruction.