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    A newbie's technical review and mods to a Masterbuilt MES smoker

    Good point. I added a parts list file to the Github repository. https://github.com/LenShustek/smoker_mods/blob/master/PID_interface/PCB_parts_list.txt Yes, that's easy. Just plug a 1K ohm 1/4 watt resistor between the "power" and "heat" contacts of the MES 4-wire cable coming from the smoker...
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    A newbie's technical review and mods to a Masterbuilt MES smoker

    Ok, I chose option(c): a replacement controller using the REX C-100 PID unit, connected to the smoker with a small interface printed circuit board I built. It works great: the temperature stays within a degree or two of the setpoint. We smoked a fantastic turkey for Thanksgiving! The parts cost...
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    A newbie's technical review and mods to a Masterbuilt MES smoker

    Thanks, folks, for the comments and encouragement. (Especially tallbm, who seems to be a tinkerer after my own heart.) There are some photos of my first project (the chip tray heater) in a directory of that Github repository...
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    A newbie's technical review and mods to a Masterbuilt MES smoker

    We are new to the world of food smokers, so my wife strongly suggested that a budget of only $200 would be appropriate. I chose the Masterbuilt MES 130B electric, which was $184 from Amazon and was delivered for free in two days. My bottom line: it works ok. We've made some great meals with it...
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