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  1. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks for the list.  None near me.  I'll give Amazon some more of my money. How critical is it to get the Amazen pellets vs the cheaper ones that have alder mixed in?  Do the Amazen pellets light easier and stay lit better?  Or, it is just a matter of flavor?  You can get 5lbs of mix for the...
  2. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks! Hickory pellets from Amazon a good all around choice?
  3. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Ready for Season 2 and I think I'm going to get the AMNPS. Where do you place it in a MES1.0?  Have you got a picture, Bear? Also, what pellets do you use and where do you get them? Thanks and happy smoking!
  4. heyeph

    Finishing Sauce for Brisket

    Great (old) thread! Question:  I pulled a couple pounds of my brisket and am saving it for tailgating at the Bills game this Thursday night!  Should I put some of this finishing sauce on it NOW in the ziploc bag so that it moistens up a bit while in the fridge, or would you add it the day of...
  5. heyeph

    Tri-tip with MB 40" electric smoker help

    You only brought it to an IT of 140F?  Is that the recommended temp for tri-tip?  Isn't it 200F for bnsket?  Why such as difference?
  6. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks.  Do you use Bear's chicken thigh recipe with pans?
  7. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Tried the 3-2-1 with St. Louis ribs today at 230deg.  Very tasty, but a bit dry.  Used a spray bottle of apple juice every hour for the first 3, and coated them with bbq sauce for the last 1.  Wrapped them tightly with apple juice for the middle 2.  Should I decrease the intial or final time? ...
  8. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Also realized that the ribs go in when the smoker is cold, since the timer starts counting down immediately, right?  Do you also put wood chips in immediately (if not using an AMNPS)?  How much at a time?
  9. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks!  First racks in! 
  10. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Since we don't use water, should I remove the water tray?  Or, does it need to stay in for proper heat balance?
  11. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Ah, thanks.  And, when the AMNPS is used, you don't need to feed wood chips at all, right?
  12. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    How is the temperature regulated if the AMNPS is not heated by the MES?
  13. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    I've taken a look at the AMNPS.  Interesting!   I see you have to light the pellets before placing the unit in the MES.  Does the MES still adjust the heating element to keep the temp and burn rate at the selected setting?  Does it get placed in place of the wood chip pan?
  14. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks, Bear!
  15. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Bear, Unless I am missing it, I don't see any mention of the need to soak the chips. True?  Not needed with these units?
  16. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks, Bear!
  17. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    OK, I am now the proud owner of one of these babies!  Preseasoned it last night and now I'm ready to plan for the first smoke this weekend!  The "manual" that came with it has a couple of recipes, but not much in terms of "best practices". Are there any recipes books/sites out there that focus...
  18. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks, guys.  I'll go for the window, if you recommend it.
  19. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Thanks, man! BTW, my primary reason for staying away from the Gen2.5 is the window, as it seems that they are useless after a short period and add to cleanup.  True?  My wife is a neat freak.  I'm just thinking she'll have more complaints if she sees a filthy window all the time...
  20. heyeph

    MES JMSS (Lowes) vs MES 20078715 (Amazon)?

    Can the Heat Deflector be purchased?  Model # or link, please? 
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