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Masterbuilt 30

Joined Oct 28, 2013
Quick question guys, do you know of any mods when it comes to the water pan and the wood chip pan? they seem too small, if i get a nice aluminum foil type pan ( forgot what they are called) and place on the last rack will it work?


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 15, 2011
Howdy, DS!

Not sure what you are asking about, but I'm gonna assume you are asking about making smoke. If that is the case, your answer is the AMNPS sold by Todd Johnson who is one of the advertisers and supporters of SMF.

The MES chip tray mechanism is pretty nigh worthless, in my experience. It is designed for chips which are not the best form for smoking. It also heats the chips too quickly which results in putting smoke on the meat for too short a period of time or you must constantly tend it and replenish the wood chips about every half hour. Very much a sub-optimum solution.

Read up on the AMNPS here and on Todd's site (just search for it) and get the one that's right for you. It works. I've had mine for about 2 years now. Not only does it produce a good long smoke, but you can buy pellets made from different woods. I've used oak, peach, apple, pecan, hickory, and pitmasters' blend.



Thread starter
Joined Oct 28, 2013
thanks for the tip rabit :) the chip tray is horrible lol and so is the water tray any tips for that? could i use a different tray as my water pan?

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