Gutting the MES when doing the mailbox mod?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by cmayna, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Do most of you who do the mailbox mod remove the chip tray, box and chip loader tube all together?   Any purpose in keeping it installed?  We all know that DaveOmak gutted his MES and it looks very roomy.  I'm finishing up a major mod on my MES40 and need to decide if I should put most of the tray related items back into position.

    If you are removing everything,  any fancy heat deflector / element protector residing above the element? Maybe just a water or drip pan big enough to umbrella most of the element?
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2016
  2. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    Good question. I am wondering the same thing. I've got even heating across the second from the top rack with a little deflection and raising the water pan up to the second from the bottom level on my Gen 1 40. I didn't want t mess that up so I left the chip housing/tray/ loader tunnel in the smoker. I still add a couple briquettes to the chip tray at the beginning of the smoke for a smoke ring.
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    At least you have a pretty valid excuse in keeping your tray intact since you are using briquettes.  Since I am reserving this smoker for fish, I don't plan on using any briquettes.
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Craig I left every thing inside mine the 3" ell fits perfectly 

    Plenty of TBS


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