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     Hello all,


I am David from northwest Ohio, Decided to join, I have been lurking and using this site for reading reviews for quite some time now. I am not at all new to smoking. I have used traditional offsets, charcoal in a barrel, charcoal bullets, electric bullets, open pits, gas fired cabinets, and even an old refrigerator. I just got a brand new MES 30 stainless with window to replace my Bradley original that was stolen. I absolutely loved that little Bradley. It was my go to guy when I did not have time to babysit. After reading several post to do with Bradley vs. MES, I decided to give the MES a try. I will say the only reason the MES was an option is because my beautiful wife Holly ordered me one for Christmas. Well, bad luck decided to cave in the door and force a return. All good, we got another after some reading. I am finding the MES to be a pain. So far everything, and every opinion about the MES's smoke generation has been true. On my third cook with it and I can barely get chips to burn at 225 deg. No worries, after reading the comparisons between the AMNTS and the MES cold smoke generator kit, I am just going to get both. I feel the MES will give me functionality similar to the Bradley, and the AMNTS will give me a true cold smoke. All of those that say the Bradley biscuit feeder is over done, well the MES needs add on equipment to be functional. The added expense of the biscuits does kinda stink, But you just cant put a price tag on a smile from a loved one when they bite into some amazing BBQ. Smoking meat is a hobby, Hobbies are expensive. I am willing to bet the most of us have more expensive hobbies than this. Never fear, I wont be giving up on the MES just yet. I will be getting the smoke generators and looking forward to more experimental usages of a BBQ 


Thank you all for the reading you have supplied me with and I hope all of you the best possible cooks.

post #2 of 6

Welcome to SMF, David


Glad to have you on board!

post #3 of 6

Welcome to the site David!


Lots of folks here with lots of experience and success with the MES.  I'm sure you've read some of the smokes.  It sounds like you've got a handle on producing some great food with the MES!  Best of luck.



post #4 of 6

Welcome to SMF David!



post #5 of 6

Welcome to the board! Sure sounds like you've been here for a while.


I'm burning sticks in an offset, see my sig.

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Thank you for the warm welcome. Any users on here cold smoke cheese using an amnts? I lit that thing up to smoke some huge double cut loin chops and it seemed like it was driving my temp up instead of my burner. Temp was set to 125 and it was reaching 135. It was not burning real fast. After 3.5 hours it was only burned about half way. I should also say, I think my MES is a gen 2. Slanted drip tray and baby water pan. Model number 20077915 I layed my 12" AMNTS, loaded with AMN pellets, on the bottom rack, center, open end facing door. Took it a bit to get going but I am not convinced I can cold smoke with it.
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