Old school MES 40 VS 60 pounds of meat

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by psychobrew, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. psychobrew

    psychobrew Smoke Blower

    So I smoked about 60 pounds of meat overnight (2 packers, 1 flat, and two picnics). Although it eventually came within a few degrees, the MES 40 (old style) never reached the set temp and was much lower until this morning (after 10 hours). Now I sit here watching the temps drop lower and lower. It appears it's giving up, ready to retire [​IMG]. Although the meat never got to the internal temps I wanted, it was still falling apart (tongs broke through the meat like a spoon in ice cream) so I'm not going to bother putting it in the oven.

    Winner: 60 pounds of meat, by a knockout.

    Truth be told, I've only used the MES 40 a handfull of times. Even though I love the output I'm not impressed by the quality of the unit. It costs way too much money for the number of times it was used.
     
  2. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds like (unfortunately) you may need to join the quite a few of us here that have had to learn MES repair skills. I experienced the same temperature drop like you did when mine was loaded with Butts. One of the terminal connectors in the wiring to the heating coil fried. I drilled out all the aluminum rivets in back, stripped the fried wire, put on a new connector & plugged it back in & it works just like new. Oh, used SS screws to re-attach the back, so if it ever happens again, which it probably will, I can have the back off it in about 1 minute with a cordless drill. There are some MES repair threads in here somewhere, I think. Sorry to here, but good luck.
     
  3. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bummer,,, at least the meat got done first...
     
  4. psychobrew

    psychobrew Smoke Blower

    How do you drill out the rivets? Do I need a soddering iron? What size replacem,ent screws do I need to buy?

    Sorry for the questions, but this is well out of my area of expertise and I don't want to end up looking like this guy --> [​IMG]
     

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