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30" MES smoker is not smoking, 20070910.

english-bulldog

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I just got the thing from amazon, when I did the burn in last night, it smoked like crazy.

Now that I have meat in the unit, and a handfull of 30min soaked mesq chips, The thing will only darken the chips, and not smoke them.

Should I send the unit back to amazon and demand another unit?

Thanks.
 
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english-bulldog

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I tossed the darkened chips that were in the unit.

Alright... I did a 5min soak, then into the smoker...

and It is smoking now...

Should I send it back since I can't smoke 30min soaked chips?
 

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Try not smoking them at all and see how that works. Many people feel that soaking chips isn't the best way to do it. They say they just have to dry before they produce smoke so why bother.
 

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Try not smoking them at all and see how that works. Many people feel that soaking chips isn't the best way to do it. They say they just have to dry before they produce smoke so why bother.
I agree used to soak them all the time but not now. 
 

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Have you checked the temperature inside the unit with an oven thermometer or other thermometer you know is right?
 

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That might be a good question to ask at the Masterbuilt Facebook page.. seems to be pretty active over there and someone actually manning it. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Masterbuilt/153933621381

Be sure to let them know that you are from SmokingMeatForums.com
What Jeff said,

And make sure you tell them your model number, because one of them is a known "non-smoker". I don't remember which model it is, but it is one of the newer MES 30s. All it does is turn the chips black.

BTW: If it is that one, they have a free retro-kit to make it all better---easy to change too. Remove 4 screws, and put 3 back in.

Bear
 
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You have to have a sign-in for facebook but once you do, you just go to the link to their page that I posted above and hit the "Like" button at the top. You will then see a textbox at the very top that says "Write something". Just write and submit.
 

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You have to have a sign-in for facebook but once you do, you just go to the link to their page that I posted above and hit the "Like" button at the top. You will then see a textbox at the very top that says "Write something". Just write and submit.

I'm glad he asked you that one, because my usual computer answer would have been---"Duhhhh".
 

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Do not soak chips for the MES ! I dont care what the instruction book says.
 

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Instructions are written by guys who don't use the products on a regular basis!!

Dry Chips Only In the MES.

Todd
 

english-bulldog

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apparently the 20070910 is the unit that can accept a replacement heater unit, without having to buy another shell.

What are some good replacement heating coils?

Thanks guy.

I guess the 20070106 is the one that need the new shell to be able to replace the heating coil.
 
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beer-b-q

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apparently the 20070910 is the unit that can accept a replacement heater unit, without having to buy another shell.

What are some good replacement heating coils?

Thanks guy.

I guess the 20070106 is the one that need the new shell to be able to replace the heating coil.
If you have the 20070910 all you need to do is PM MBTechguy here on the site and tell him your problem.  He will send you a retrofit chip tray that will solve the problem...

The heat elements in the early units are not replaceable...
 
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