Originally Posted by ReelAggressive
Pellets or no pellets? that is the question.
I just got a new MES 40 (No window 4 rack) I have smoked a few things already on it and I love it compared to my coal and wood smokers. With 3 kids and running 2 businesses I dont have time to babysit the fires so this thing has really been awesome!
I am curious if you guys recommend pellets for a MES? I have already been to www.amazenproducts.com and they look cool I just dont know if I should get one or not? What model? If so what pellets do you recommend?
I own a MES 30 and I only use the AMNPS from A-Maze-N Products. I don't know which one would be better for your model, the Maze or the Tube. With the maze (AMNPS) you can get up to 11-12 hours of non stop smoking. The 12 inch Tube is only advertised to do 4 hours. Once the pellets get properly lit, it is almost a set it and forget kind of thing. You won't have to do anything else to them. Just monitoring your temperature in the smoker and in your food. Using chips, you will have to add chips every 30 minutes or so. As far as pellets, that probably is a personal preference. I have noticed a lot of brands use filler woods. A bag of Hickory pellets might be 40 percent Hickory and 60 percent filler like alder or oak.They try to hide this in some of the language on the bags. They will say things like "100 percent hardwood". Which may be true, but it is not 100 percent of the flavored wood. A-Maze-N Products sells 100 percent flavored pellets, but are over $3 per pound. BBQ Delight is couple dollars per pound too. I think I will get some CookinPellets Perfect Mix from Amazon. $33 for 40 pounds.