I have seasoned many smokers in the past but the MES30 I have came preseasoned as I bought it used. I ran my own seasoning process by cleaning everything with mild detergent and water, drying it, and heating the MES to the max and then adding chips every 20-30 minutes for about three hours. Shortly after that purchase, I got an AMNPS and have never used chips since.
I recently got tasked with smoking 100 pounds of sausage for a charity and was lucky enough to find a duplicate brand new MES30 to what i already have (minus the window) for next to nothing on craigslist. (I know 2 MES30s are still not large enough for this load, but I have all weekend allotted for it and lots of help)
Can i just clean everything as I mentioned before and run some pellets in the AMNPS for a few hours instead of using the chips to season. Seems like less of a hassle?
If so, how long do you think I should run the AMNPS? 3 hours? More?
Thanks everyone for your input. I'll definitely post some picks when the 100 pounds are smoked!