Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by crna7, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. crna7

    crna7 Newbie

    Another new guy here... I just moved to southern Illinois post grad school and am discovering my hobbies (new and old). I have enjoyed this forum over the last few weeks after buying my MES 30 Bluetooth (with legs and top left vent). I mastered the grill through anesthesia school and the wife has always been happy but smoking on a propane grill always left me unsatisfied a new smoker was one of my first purchases.

    After doing a couple racks of babybacks a week ago I realized I need to consult the experts, so I've been studying. I bought a 5x8 amazen pellet smoker and am struggling to figure out exactly how to place it in my MES. I have endlessly searched here and the google machine without definitive answers. IS shoved next to the heating element, yet still about 1.5-2" off the drip pan appropriate? Or should I place it on the left side of rack directly above the water bowl? Depending upon which I choose (or you direct me), do I need to foil the grate above to prevent drippings and if so does it affect the dispersion of heat to the meat above? 

    I have pictures to show the locations that I am attempting to explain but I am handcuffed to show them and based on the countless threads I've read and learned from I bet you all know exactly what I am describing. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to becoming a contributing member even if it's for my epic fails and entertainment! Thank you!
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Put the bottom rack in (just above the water pan), and put your AMNPS all the way to the left on that bottom rack.

    The bottom rack is too close to the heat for meat anyway. IMHO

    Cover your actual Water Pan & your bottom Drip pan with foil to allow for occasional easy cleaning. Poke a hole in the foil covering the bottom drip pan to allow drippings to get to the drain.

  4. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and warm  day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

    Good advice above


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