disconnect the power source?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by georgialee, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    I went to turn on the smoker (MES) today for only the second time. And guess what?[​IMG] No power... I tried 3 different outlets and checked the breakers. Two pork butts and 2 whole chickens are about to go to waste today.
    Called the factory and they said to remove the power unit from the box and take it inside for 45 min. [​IMG] Did I miss something in the manual? She said it was recommended for users to take the power unit inside after the unit is not in use.
    If it works dinner for 10-15 people will be LATE.
    This better work, or I am going to be even more pissed than I am now.
    Thanks for letting me rant!
    Ben (Georgia's Husband)
     
  2. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    What state are you from and what are your outside temps.????
     
  3. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    We are in Knoxville, TN and it is the upper 30's this morning. She said the temp outside shouldn't effect it, but just having the cords away from each other.
     
  4. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Now I'm confused...what do you mean having the cords away from each other???
     
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    They said to remove the power box from on top of the smoker box and take it inside. It made no sense to me either. They are sending me a new power box.
     
  6. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    Just tried an outlet inside the house, and it worked[​IMG]
    I don't understand it, but it is working...

    Maybe I can salvage tonights New Years Eve party after all.

    I am using a HD extension cord so hopefully it won't effect the heating element.
     
  8. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!
    It sounds to me the box was to cold to operate properly, I've had that happen to me too....You should be ok now.
    If your using an extension cord make sure it's at least as big as the cord for the smoker. Bigger is better...lol
    Good luck with yer smoke and take some pics to post here for qview.
    Keep us posted on how things are goin for ya.....[​IMG]
     
  9. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    I have got the pork butts sitting in the rub as I type. Getting ready to do the Chickens in a second.

    This is my first time doing the chickens. I have a 30" MES. Does anyone recommend a time frame for them to finish?
    They are whole chickens and each is just under 5lbs.
    Let me know any suggestions.

    I will try to get some pics up here soon!
     
  10. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Do not go by time!!!!! You need to go completely by internal temps. and for chicken that temp would be 165 degrees internal. Also check the thighs seperately as they sometimes need more time to cook to temp.
    You sound like yer on yer way though....[​IMG]

    Post yer pics in the Poultry section so everyone can see yer progress and help ya if need be....
     
  11. smokeguy

    smokeguy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When mine is in the mid 30s or so, I lose the first digit on the controller. It's easy enough to figure out while you set your temperature though so I don't really worry about it too much because it comes back as the smoker warms up.
     
  12. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    Here are the two butts [​IMG]
    Sorry if the pic is too small I had to adjust it down on photobucket so it would fit.
    [​IMG]
     
  13. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Im pulling for ya newbie!!! I can't wait to see what you make those fine people!

    Godspeed to you!
     
  14. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    A bigger pic would help us ole farts....lol Lookin good so far!!!!
     
  15. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    I am trying to post a new pic of the meat once I opened the smoker to wrap the shoulders. I read the directions on here on resizing the pictures. I did it, and it is still too big. It seems frustrating trying to get a pic on here. Any suggestions?
    PS. It is smelling great outside![​IMG]
     
  16. georgialee

    georgialee Newbie

    Finally here is the pic just after the smoke cleared.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hang on, maybe Paul can help ya. I'll send him a pm....[​IMG]
     
  18. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Photobucket is the standard most forums go by... It is easy to use and you determine the size the images are when you set up your account for uploading and all images then upload to that size. The best size for all users is 640 X 480 it is small enough that dial up users don't have to wait forever for the images to upload.

    The maximum size you can upload directly to the forum is 620 X 280 and 19.5 KB. that is a small image...

    How to post Qview to Forum:

    When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...



    For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=82034
     
  19. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Georgialee,

    Glad you got that MES working and the whole picture thing figured out. Looking good so far.

    I do have one suggestion for future smokes. I don't generally put chicken on the top of other meat, as I would rather the butts "baste" the bird than the other way around. Just another way to avoid potential cross contamination. Just my $.02.
     
  20. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Follow these directions and it workes great.
     

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