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Recent content by bennyshaik

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    Mailbox Mod, AMNPS still going out. Ideas?

    Thanks everyone. I'll try packing them in a lot more next time. I'll also zip a few holes lower down on the door. We'll see if it works the next time!
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    Mailbox Mod, AMNPS still going out. Ideas?

    I felt the need for some cold smoking this winter so it was time to do the mailbox mod on my MES. My first run a few weeks ago (salmon) had my AMNPS consistently not making it through the first row. This was OK because the salmon only needed 3-4 hours of smoke, but I had to relight the AMNPS two...
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    Just got MES 30 2.5 gen (I think). Where do I put my AMPS?

    Good points. Mailbox may come down the road, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. There definitely wasn't a fire in there...the temp inside never spiked like a fire would generate. I just checked (normally I wouldn't open the door, but today is a test run) and in 3 hours I've got 2 inches left...
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    Just got MES 30 2.5 gen (I think). Where do I put my AMPS?

    I had the chip loader fully out, worrying about it going out due to not enough air flow. I just put it back in so we'll see how much better I do on load two. My pellets are also several years old and have been stored in a humid basement so as a precaution I hit them with 1:00 in the microwave...
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    Just got MES 30 2.5 gen (I think). Where do I put my AMPS?

    OK, I've set her up the way Bear does with the AMPS sitting on the bottom rack and half a roasting pan on top of it for drips. Today is the first long smoke...pork shoulder's been on for 6 hours now at 225. The AMPS stayed lit without an issue, BUT it just used up all its fuel and I had to...
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    Just got MES 30 2.5 gen (I think). Where do I put my AMPS?

    I just picked up a MES 30 on sale at Lowes for $169 and best I can tell, it's a 2.5 gen. Seasoned it and my first try with a whole chicken is just wrapping up now so we'll see how it goes. I have noticed that in my 3 hour smoke I've had to load up wood chips like once per hour. This just isn't...
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    Gobble Gobble...Temperature in the UDS for Thanksgiving

    Thanks, guys. I have no problem hitting 300+, but this time was different. I like David's idea of pre-heating the gravy. Any insight to what effect throwing it on once at temperature would have?
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    Gobble Gobble...Temperature in the UDS for Thanksgiving

    Hey guys, Just posted in another thread about my turkey preparations (and you can see the awesome results over in the Poultry section). I had some questions relating to temperature in my UDS that I hope you can help with. I am smoking a 14lb bird for Thanksgiving. My family is large and my...
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    Who's smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving?

    I followed the Huffington Post The Ultimate Turkey recipe on a test run a few weeks ago and it turned out amazing. I'm going to halve the salt next time, that's the only change. Going to start a thread momentarily about temp problems I had I think related to gravy heating, but I maintained temps...
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    Turkey!

    I have been delegated to make one of our Thanksgiving turkeys this year, and since I've never done one before I figured I should practice. I picked up a 14lb bird and threw it in a brine on Saturday morning. I know I'm not allowed to link to another site, but it was the Huffington Post "Ultimate...
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    Turkey!

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