Spot on 2nd Smoke. I've watch this awesome thread with amazement. It's up to NINE pages now. So I can't help myself but to contribute because I think everyone else has!
... My instructions to the old style Glass Door MES 1200 watts were lost long ago....
So from a veteran MES owner thats been relatively successful operating these marvelous culinary machines. Here goes...
- The only time I ever close the top vent is when I'm not using the smoker. I've noticed that doing this keeps Flys and other critters out.
- When smoking pork, poultry or beef I keep the vent open. And my food turns out fabulous.
- On occasion I drink too many beers and I accidentally open the vent only half way. And my food turns out fabulous.
Hope that helps everyone! Relax Enjoy.