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Flipped the heating element

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
OK, I've been considering trying to flip the heating element in my MES40 over so it is more centered in the smoker. After dealing with a few obstacles, I think I accomplished what I was trying to do. Can't say if this would work in a MES30, but if someone sends me theirs, I'll give it a try.

Here's a link to my original post about this idea:
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/242544/flipping-over-the-element-in-a-mes40-another-possible-mod

Note the vertical support plate that is welded to the lower rails, which supports the chip box. If you flip the element, this plate is in the way. Thus I had to break the welds loose in order to move (slide) this support plate way over to the right.

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Flipping the element over, caused me to drill new holes through the back walls.
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The male spade connectors which are spot welded to the legs of the heating element, needed to be bent over.
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Here's the element in it's new position. Note the support plate way over to the right side. It is no longer welded to the rails but instead just floats making is easy to move around.
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Chip box/tube re-mounted.
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Fired the smoker up tonight with success. Seems to be running ok.



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Edited by cmayna - 2/23/16 at 5:45pm
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by cmayna View Post

OK, I've been considering trying to flip the heating element in my MES40 over so it is more centered in the smoker. After dealing with a few obstacles, I think I accomplished what I was trying to do. Can't say if this would work in a MES30, but if someone sends me theirs, I'll give it a try.

Here's a link to my original post about this idea:
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/242544/flipping-over-the-element-in-a-mes40-another-possible-mod

Note the vertical support plate that is welded to the lower rails, which supports the chip box. If you flip the element, this plate is in the way. Thus I had to break the welds loose in order to move (slide) this support plate way over to the right.

6ef1a7005b6d6b253ccb3b74afc50ac5.jpg

Flipping the element over, caused me to drill new holes through the back walls.
ac2804162d085fb2575650a535ebd148.jpg

The male spade connectors which are spot welded to the legs of the heating element, needed to be bent over.
35ab9a94e517285013d98600ad335c79.jpg

Here's the element in it's new position. Note the support plate way over to the right side. It is no longer welded to the rails but instead just floats making is easy to move around.
dd35d21067e25938609dc1c648bbb040.jpg

Chip box/tube re-mounted.
9b128e67931c57b17a23af41936bb923.jpg


Fired the smoker up tonight with success. Seems to be running ok.



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Looks great!  It's got to be better than the element being in the corner.  I bet it took awhile to do.  If you decide you don't need the chip tray housing/tunnel, It looks easy to remove. 

-Kurt

post #3 of 15

Craig that looks great Points for creativity 

Richie

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yes Kurt,

Removing the chip box setup is very easy.  I must say that though flipping the element does help centralize the heat source and flow,  it does cause somewhat of a tight area for the AMNPS to sit on the left.  Now it fits more like a MES30 setup.  No real issue for me though since it is my plans to use my mailbox mod with this set up.  And if I get something caught up my backside and want to put the AMNPS inside the chamber, I might consider placing it on top of the chip box similar to what Foamheart does.
 

Thanks Richie.  I love modifying things.

 

Craig

post #5 of 15

Looks like there is room for the AMNPS on the right side of the element ???   Is that true ?? 

 

Remove the chip box and hook up an extension on the air inlet hole so cool air comes in above the element.....  Something like I did on my MES 30.....

 

post #6 of 15

That's a great idea.

 

Makes you wonder why the engineers at Masterbuilt don't figure these things out.

 

Al

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Dave, there is room on both sides though being very close to the element, very similar to a MES30 situation.  What is the difference between what I have done vs a MES30 such as yours?   Is it because in my case, the AMNPS is very close to the inlet?  

 

No matter what I do, it's all reversible, meaning I can always change back to stock or   whatever.  This is fun stuff.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Dave, Here's a pic I found on my phone that I took during assembly. Thinking out loud that if I wanted to try this and was worried about the element catching the pellets on fire, I could simply attach a vertical piece of aluminum sheet to the support plate you see between the element and AMNPS, acting kinda like a barrier. Hmmmm.

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post #9 of 15
What a great Mod. You have given me a great idea. I have a mes40 that needs a new heating element. I might as well convert it in the process.
post #10 of 15

Craig - a couple of questions related to your post/photos: Why was it necessary to drill 2 new holes? It looks like the element would have slid into the original holes with no problem.  Also, your marks on the tape appear to have a greater separation between the holes than the original, and are also lower. And secondly, why was it necessary to bend the tabs up?

 

Just curious.  Dave

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 

Old Sarge,

 

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Originally Posted by old sarge View Post
 

Craig - a couple of questions related to your post/photos: Why was it necessary to drill 2 new holes? It looks like the element would have slid into the original holes with no problem.  Also, your marks on the tape appear to have a greater separation between the holes than the original, and are also lower. And secondly, why was it necessary to bend the tabs up?

 

Just curious.  Dave

 

Dave,

The mounting holes of the element plate are not on the same plain/plateau as the element legs. Trying to keep the same element leg holes, I had to drill new mounting holes.  Regarding bending the taps up,  If you flip the element over "as is"  the tabs will be pointing downward.   Based upon the amount of space available,  in the little pocket of space, one could not attach the wires terminals to the legs of the element.  Believe me, I tried to find any way to get this resolved in the easiest way possible.

 

Craig

 

My 3rd pic should basically say it all.   The mounting screws are not on the same plateau as the legs of the elements.

post #12 of 15

Craig - Thanks. I am not familiar with the innards of the MES so I was a tad lost. Looks good.  Dave

post #13 of 15

This is really a neat mod.  I wonder if it corrects the hot rear right corner of the smoker. You may be on to something here. B

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm kinda surprised that no one has already done this mod months/years ago.  It just seemed so  obvious to simply flip the element.

post #15 of 15
I have a MES 40 I use for sausage and bacon mostly I'm going to try this. The amps won't be a problem for me so much as I use a master built. Cold smoke kit. But I may get an amps at soon time. Would love to know how it helped temps if at all
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