Finally Done with NB

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by garyinmd, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I love my MES30 but was looking to try and change up a bit.  Found this NB on Craigslist last spring and picked it up.  Don't have a picture of start, I took it apart as I was taking it out of the pickup.

    Already have the side box off, the couple I bought it from started to sand and paint but did not get it all done.


    Here is the firebox sanded with a new coat of paint.


    Main unit cleaned up and painted


    Couple pics of unit put back together.


    One of the mod's, made a new box for the burner with expanded metal.


    Found a piece of metal and cut out for the tuning plate, can't find picture of it cut down.


    Loaded up ready for test fire and burnout


    Got all the probes lined ready to test the side by side temps


    Not too bad for the first run, temps pretty close across the grates, not great but a good start.


    New there was weather in the area, was watching radar.  Here it comes.


    Had to take all the temp probes and thermo's in quick, this was within minutes of the picture above.


    Usually only have time to smoke on Sunday's.  This year after I got the smoker ready I was either racing or the forecast was for rain so never used it all summer, I actually tried a rack of ribs one day but the weather did not cooperate and ended up having to stick them in the MES after a couple of hours.  the MES is in a screened in porch.

    Thanks for looking.

    PS  I am way late on posting this and used it today for a Rack of Ribs, will post that smoker later.

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great Gary, nice job on restoring the old girl!
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wonderful job[​IMG]of restoration of a very good smoker. You'll have great fun with her. Will you be using Charcoal or Wood in her? I am a wood burner an can help if you decide to go that way. Have a good time with her and...
  4. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the compliments Al.

    Thanks, I used charcoal this last weekend but would like to try wood someday for reference.  I will bookmark this and probably will need your help to get going.

  5. Have a NB similar to yours and I am trying to get it smoke worthy again:  where can you find replacement parts?
  6. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Congrats on the restoration.  Looks like brand new.  Good job.
  7. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice job on the restore............what are the corner brackets on the charcoal basket made of?
  8. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    The expanded metal and corner brackets I found in the hardware store, all just on the shelf.  It was all regular metal, I was careful not to use anything that was galvanized.

    Thanks frosty
  9. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    geauxtiger, I was lucky that I could find everything I needed in the local hardware store.  I replaced all the bolts with one size bigger and that made the whole unit much more sturdy.  If you go to the search engine here and type in side box modification you will find a ton of great information.


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