Originally Posted by daRicksta
Why Kurt--that's crazy talk! Yer figgern' to bern down the whole kit and caboodle! Sorry, reading lots of Louis L'Amour. Actually, you do need to keep those sensors clean. I don't understand why you want the hi temp cutoff switch insulated with smoke unless you want to intentionally "overburn" your heating element. I wasn't too happy the one time my set point was 235° and no matter what I did I couldn't prevent the temp from shooting up to 295°. An entire tray full of wood pellets burned like a prairie fire in about 30 minutes because of the intense heat.
Nope, the sensor's there for a reason. Both Bear and Todd agree--from personal experience--with keeping both sensors clean.
I'll have to read the manual. If it doesn't say clean sensors regularly, I'm not going to rewrite MB's manual for them. I'm more concerned about the Mes controller sensor because that has to be way off on the high end for the emergency button to open the circuit. That's why we go by our calibrated therms with alarms and not the Mes controller sensor. My alarms on my therms are redundant emergency alerts. I would rather have it open at a little higher temp than lower. It'll open when heat calls for it. I am more confident in the emergency button sensor than the Mes controller sensor.
The Mes 40's have more lateral space next to the heating element. almost eliminating the chance for a full AMNPS prairie fire. The day my AMNPS would be a prairie fire, would be the last day it saw the inside of my Mes 40. It would be mailbox mod time. It's probably the best recommendation for all AMNPS owners using them in a Mes. I believe this discussion has convinced me to jump right into building the mailbox mod. After all. the emergency button shut off won't put out a AMNPS prairie fire. People that are unintentionally having the unlit row of pellets in the AMNPS closest to the heating element smoke/ignite in a Mes 30 need to get it outta there or not fill up the AMNPS completely. When we all got our AMNPS or TS we assumed risks, hazards and voided our Mes warranty.
The one time my set point was 235° and no matter what I did I couldn't prevent the temp from shooting up to 295°. An entire tray full of wood pellets burned like a prairie fire in about 30 minutes because of the intense heat. This near disaster of yours wasn't even hot enough to trip your CLEAN emergency button shut off switch. I believe the mailbox mod will keep the smoker safer, closed up more, eliminating the need to micro manage the AMNPS being in the smoker and letting out heat then micro managing temp swings as it reheats and then finding you now have to open the smoker to mess with the AMNPS aqain and then start the processes all over again, eliminate grease fires from drips and proximity fires in 30" Mes being next to the heating element, as well as the food you'll be potentially ruining, allow easier suffocation of pellets by using business card magnets to cover vent holes, etc. I love the AMNPS! It's for looking not touching. The more you touch the more the intended purpose is failing not succeeding. I have no problems having to mess with the AMNPS to get the great results it is intended for. I will be doing the mailbox mod solely for it's safety benefits and all the other pros that come with keeping my Mes closed as much as possible. Take that you dirty emergency button shut off sensor! LOL