MES smoke box mod

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bmaddox, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    After reading a lot of MES modification threads I was inspired to build my own smoke box. I currently have no intentions to cold smoke but I wanted to increase the wood capacity/smoking time as well as make something that I could check/service/refill without opening the door (I didn't like having to find a flashlight to peer down the tube to check the chip tray). I ended up using a 4" round tin can and a dryer duct elbow. I installed a piece of screen to hold the chips off the bottom and drilled some holes for air circulation. After numerous trials (and errors) I found that it worked best when I filled it with chips and then set one lit chunk on top. I also found that it only needed one 1/4" hole in the bottom to produce enough draft. I set it on a ceramic tile to absorb the eat and then just pushed it up against the loading tube. The smoker drafted perfectly. I am getting 3 hours of smoke without messing with it, which for me is a great upgrade for the 30 minutes using the stock chip tray. Well worth the $5 investment.

  2. NICE MOD!

    Happy smoken.

  3. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Very Impressive...Nice Job!

    Sure beats spending a bunch for a smoke generator.

    Happy Smoking,  John
  4. Nice!   Do you think that would work with pellets?
  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I'm not sure. I have never used pellets. The chips burn pretty fast and strong with this setup so I don't know if they pellets would burn out too quickly. The next time I use it I am going to try adding some more wood chunks in the mix so it will burn longer.
    It definitely beats spending the $75 for the MES smoke generator. I also like that I don't have to run another extension cord to my setup.

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