I have an MES 30" sportsman elite model from Cabelas, and have been having an issue here in the Utah winter. The 2 times I have done a smoke when it was fairly cold outside, one time 22 degrees F and the other 18 outside, I went out and uncovered the MEs and when I plugged it in there was a "beep" but none of the buttons would respond. After pressing the power button over and over for minutes it eventually turned on but none of the other buttons worked either.
I decided to remove the control panel and take it inside to warm it up, I pointed the wife's hair dryer at it for about a minute and went back out to the cold.
It worked just fine now! after an hour or so though I went back out to try and adjust my temp and sure enough it was unresponsive again!
Anyway: has anyone else ever had this issue with the MES in the below freezing cold, or did I get a dud?
Originally I was very worried the first time since I had just cured and rested $60 worth of pork belly for bacon and thought id have to waste it, but I got lucky with the heat trick.