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Question on MES baffle

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I just purchased a MES 40" at Sams. What is best to use for baffle without spending too much, porcelain or ceramic? Thanks.
post #2 of 17
I've got a 30" and I've used a 3/8" granite tile and a 3/8" steel plate. I've taken both out as I get *horrible* recovery times with them. I can't explain it - I think it has to do with their thermal mass and absorbing the heat output of the element.

Anyways- the granite tile was what I gathered as the top recommendation after browsing about the smoking forums. However, I won't use it anymore. I am willing to try something thin, like the piece of "cookie sheet" I read somewhere here - but it will have a low mass.

Of course, your mileage may vary.
post #3 of 17
I just use a triple folded piece of heavy duty foil. Not pretty, but it works and it's cheap.
post #4 of 17
12x12 ceramic tile is what works for me.
post #5 of 17
I use a 9"x 12" Alum insulated baking tray, you can get them for under $15.
My 40" is the older model with 750w element. The first time I used the tray there was a odd smell, like something burned. I am guessing but I think the insulation sandwiched between the alum got fried. If you have a 1200 w MES I would suggest that you put the tray in for 1 hour at 275ยบ, then smell it.

I cover mine with alum foil but that isn't necessary you can easily pop into dish washer.
post #6 of 17
My 1200w mes will not work properly with a baffle installed.
The temp sensor is 1" under shelf #3 and 5" left of the right side of cabinet.
A baffle diverts the heat away from the temp probe.
This causes the temps to swing higher and lower from the set temp.

If you are monitoring a grate temp you will find the equilibrium of the smokers
temperatures are not nearly as good after installing a baffle.

That's how it was at my house!

post #7 of 17
I got a 12x12 tile from home depot (ceramic) on sale for $0.57. I figured I would give it a try.

I just got 4 rack thermometers from sams ($1.88 each) so I am going to try again with and without the tile and see what happens.
post #8 of 17
Without the baffle, meat in the right rear corner cooked waaaaay too fast, and I had to rotate all my sausages.

With the baffle, all was evenly cooked/smoked and not rotating necessary.

Try it both ways and see for yourself.......

Masterbuilt is even aware of the need for a baffle and when I called even suggested using a tile for a baffle.....Go Figure!

I leave about 1/4" clearance between he tile and the back wall.


No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #9 of 17
Guess who told them about the tile fix?icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 17
Does anyone experience this with the newer 1200 watt MES?
post #11 of 17
That is the newer 1200 w that Illini is talking about....
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
My temp sensor is where Illini's is also. So I guess that I do not need a baffle. Am I correct in this assumption?
post #13 of 17
I'd like some more input about this. I might try it with a baffle this weekend. I put in my meat on Sunday and never moved it and it seemed like the right side cooked faster. Maybe I just think it did because of the comments here but it really did seem like it cooked faster on one side.
post #14 of 17
I would advise that you study the results from adding a baffle to the 1200w mes.

I did not care for the temp swings it produced when a baffle is in there.

But, everyone will have their reasons for using or not using a baffle

I also moved the temp sensor in my 800w mes from the upper left corner to the location in the new 1200w mes. I was pleased. Basically the heat gets to the probe quicker and there are more on/off cycles.
The result is a narrower swing +/- from the set point.

Yes I removed the baffle from the 800w mes also
post #15 of 17
I was thinking of using some Fire bricks below the heating element. There cheep and come in different sizes so i could play around with placement to see what the best location is.
post #16 of 17
I went from using the older model to the 1200 watt model and so far I haven't felt that any mods were necessary. I'm very happy with the new unit the way it came. I haven't used a temp probe to see the difference in temps but so far the smokes have not indicated any need to baffle.
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
I am doing my first smoke right now & I'm only seeing a + or - 3* between the built in temp probe and my et-73 probe which I have on the 3rd rack on left side. This is without a baffle, so I guess all is well. Hope to have some Qview later on.
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