Lurker turned noob

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by bleilerjf, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Greetings from SW Florida.  Been smoking with a series of ECBs (electric and charcoal) over the course of a 26 year Army career.  Semi-retired now teaching in a local High School.  My better half bought me a new smoker at Bass Pro last year for Christmas and while I would have researched that purchase for far too long she just went and got one that fit her price range.

    Turns out it is a MES 30" Gen 2 based on my research on this site.  First problem was that it came without any of the hardware required for assembly.  Once I was able to contact CS they ended up sending me the wrong hardware kit.  Eventually around early February I had my smoker put together and started trying it out.  While it has not been without frustration we have really enjoyed the quality of Q we have produced; especially the ribs.

    About three months in (using the smoker almost every Sunday- Q just goes with NASCAR) the LCD panel started wonking out such that I could not read the temp or time set points.  I was already using a Maverick ET-732 so I just got in the habit of pre-heating early and knocking the temp to where I wanted based on the ET reading.  Eventually, however, the controller began to fail and the heating element would not come back on without me unplugging and restarting.  Contacted MB CS and ordered a new controller (well past the warranty) for less than $20.  I am now moving the unit back and forth from the Florida room to the patio to keep the unit out of the weather, even though it was always covered before.  Working great so far.

    Since my wife also purchased several large bags of wood chips for my birthday a couple months ago I don't believe I will be transitioning to pellets any time soon.  Might look into the MB cold smoker attachment so I can go more than 30 minutes without checking the smoke.

    Happy to be here and I will do my best to remember to take pictures for all the addicts on here.

  2. [​IMG]   Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a cold, overcast and foggy day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

    Thank you for your service, and sorry to hear about all the smoker problems

  3. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    John, welcome to SMF. Thank you for your service to our country and the continued service to your community. Sounds like you've had your hands full with that Gen 2. If it ever gives up the ghost completely repeat after me: WSM, WSM, WSM. Sounds like you got the charcoal experience to make the transition easily.

    Have fun smoking!

  4. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
    Happy smoken.
  5. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good luck with the fixes and whatever else you acquire and welcome to the Forum.....lock & load (that smoker)......Willie
  6. Good luck, post pictures


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