So.....I set my original MES 30 on fire the other day.
I was getting it ready to smoke a couple of pork shoulders over night, so I got it warmed up to 275, and then took my full AMNPS out and lit it on my grill. I let it go for a while, about an inch and a half of burn, and then I loaded it onto the rails like I always do. I came back out in 10 minutes to check on it, and that poor old MES was making too much smoke. I opened the door, and the inside was engulfed in flames. It must have gotten too much air flow and re-lit, or some grease caught, but either way my MES was toast. Smells like turpentine and such from the melted door insulation.
I had a lot of people counting on me for dinner the next night, so I ran out to Walmart and grabbed a MES 30 off the shelf. It turned out to be a gen 2.5, and my good old AMNPS doesn't have anywhere to live inside the smoker when it's full. All this has led me to the mailbox mod. I've picked out the box I'm going to use, a cheap Excel TB140 black steel toolbox.
I'm going to mount it vertically like is pictured above. See how nice the AMNPS fits inside it? Around where that top hole is inside the toolbox, I'm going to use a 3" holesaw to drill the opening for the MES, and attach it directly to the side of the smoker and the Masterbuilt smoker cart. I'm pretty sure that's enough headroom to get a good draft through the chimney.
Speaking of smoke stacks...
Thats a 3" dual wall pellet stove pipe and a coupler I got from Home Depot, with a cheap rain cap I got off of Amazon. I unscrewed the round vent cover, and then used that 3" holesaw I mentioned above to drill through the remaining vent. With a little trimming, that coupler is a tight press fit into the top of the smoker. I am going to install the old vent cover in the toolbox and use it to regulate airflow into the smoker.
I'm just waiting on the cart to show up to put it all together. I'll hit the chimney a can of BBQ paint and it should be done.
Excel TB140-Black 20-Inch Portable Steel Tool Box, Black http://a.co/9b7Akxt
Speedi-Products EX-RCGU 03 3-Inch Diameter Galvanized Umbrella Roof Vent Cap http://a.co/cLUPimA
Local Home Depot:
095029400153 VENT PIPE <A> 10.97
3" X 2' B VENT PIPE
095029111141 CONNECTOR <A> 8.49
3IN APPLIANCE CONNECTOR