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worldbfreebase

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Joined May 13, 2020
One is not going to get a $200.00 temp system/ app with a $500.00 smoker. And even if it were available I would prefer that Masterbuilt put the money into the smoker itself rather than an app.

These are nice charcoal grill/smokers. I haven't had any problems with mine. And even at worst case if I did have some of the issues others are describing I would buy another 560 anyway. Wood chunks with charcoal combined makes for some good smoke flavor and the 560 is amazingly good at maintaining a steady and precise temp. Not so easy to do with charcoal and wood.
What you are not understanding is this is simply a $5 difference,or less, in the quality of a part. Now that I figured out the work around, I can change Temps, set timers, set meat probe alerts all from the comfort of the beach in Florida while my smoker is in cincinnati.
 

Vandi

Newbie
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Joined Jun 24, 2020
So I finally decided on a new smoker and went with the MB 560 thanks to a lot of responses in this forum. One question I had is, does anyone use the meat probe that comes with the smoker and purchase more of MBs probes or is there a different brand that is recommended for this smoker, or does everyone just use a handheld meat thermometer? Also, are there any necessary items that are recommended for me to purchase other than cover and gasket rope to seal the door? Thanks for any responses!
 

Sudz

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Joined May 24, 2020
Anyone find a matt suitable for using beneathe the 560? This thing leaks more than the Exxon Valdez.
 

Btfu

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Joined May 2, 2020
Anyone find a matt suitable for using beneathe the 560? This thing leaks more than the Exxon Valdez.
I thought it was just mine. Is yours also leaking from the back right side?

I've just been putting a scrap piece of cardboard down when I go to cook. Not the most aesthetically pleasing but has worked so far
 

lokshy

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Joined May 18, 2020
Anyone find a matt suitable for using beneathe the 560? This thing leaks more than the Exxon Valdez.
Napoleon Large Grill Mat is what I've bought, haven't laid it down yet, plan to do it this weekend
 

rexster314

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Joined Oct 7, 2012
So I finally decided on a new smoker and went with the MB 560 thanks to a lot of responses in this forum. One question I had is, does anyone use the meat probe that comes with the smoker and purchase more of MBs probes or is there a different brand that is recommended for this smoker, or does everyone just use a handheld meat thermometer? Also, are there any necessary items that are recommended for me to purchase other than cover and gasket rope to seal the door? Thanks for any responses!
Unless someone has found an alternative probe, there's none out there. I went through 4 different probes from Amazon but never found one that worked with the 560. That fact, and the other problem of note connecting with wifi, made me go in the Fireboard direction. Completely replaced the M/B controller with more probe ports available and rock solid wifi
 

lokshy

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Joined May 18, 2020
Unless someone has found an alternative probe, there's none out there. I went through 4 different probes from Amazon but never found one that worked with the 560. That fact, and the other problem of note connecting with wifi, made me go in the Fireboard direction. Completely replaced the M/B controller with more probe ports available and rock solid wifi
My Fireboard2 arrives today. I don't have a cable to connect it to the masterbuilt but at least I'll have decent temp details lol.
 

Vandi

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Joined Jun 24, 2020
Unless someone has found an alternative probe, there's none out there. I went through 4 different probes from Amazon but never found one that worked with the 560. That fact, and the other problem of note connecting with wifi, made me go in the Fireboard direction. Completely replaced the M/B controller with more probe ports available and rock solid wifi
That's what I figured. Thanks for the response! I'll be good with one right now but might do some research into the fireboard.
 

Sudz

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Joined May 24, 2020
I haven't tracked down specifically where my leaks are coming from. It doe appear there are numerous locations involved however.
I thought it was just mine. Is yours also leaking from the back right side?

I've just been putting a scrap piece of cardboard down when I go to cook. Not the most aesthetically pleasing but has worked so far
 

ross77

Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Oct 1, 2013
Mine is dripping somewhere in the middle no idea why
Take out the drip tray and the grates. Look in the main cooking chamber for sunlight shining through. Mine had a tiny opening where the hopper is attached. Basically it was leaking where the bolt is coming through. I used some high heat caulk.
 

BBQ Newbie

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Joined Feb 8, 2020
It ain't creosote its the paint pulling off beside the rest of the smooth paint surface.. It's clearly visible the ridges where paint is peeling vs where it's still attached.
See photo, this is under the charcoal grill View attachment 450388
lokshy, I just wanted you to know that the peeling paint conspiracy theory is correct….I was wrong it’s not creosote as suggested. When I worked on my grill today to replace the fire box plates that were either burned out or bulging, I found flaking paint in the same area that you identified, as well as, rust in the middle hopper assembly. I am afraid that my four-month-old baby grill has the internal parts of an old man headed to hospice care. The good news in all of this is that I didn’t name her ‘Longevity’.
 

Roman Buffalo

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lokshy, I just wanted you to know that the peeling paint conspiracy theory is correct….I was wrong it’s not creosote as suggested. When I worked on my grill today to replace the fire box plates that were either burned out or bulging, I found flaking paint in the same area that you identified, as well as, rust in the middle hopper assembly. I am afraid that my four-month-old baby grill has the internal parts of an old man headed to hospice care. The good news in all of this is that I didn’t name her ‘Longevity’.
Just out of curiosity how is everyone storing your smoker from the elements? Cover/ no cover keeping it indoors when not in use? I haven’t inspected mine for issues like this yet I’m just curious if there’s a common theme of if it’s developing these problem areas due to the level of protection it gets.

I keep mine inside when it’s not being used to try and get as much life’s out of it as I can. I’ve had a buddy that has the same grill for over a decade by simply not leaving it outside so I figured if I have the room why not try it out.
 

drawz

Newbie
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Joined May 25, 2020
Does anyone miss having a two zone fire on their grill? I'm so used to using it, that I'm not sure what it's like to live without it. Being able to crank the heat from low to high temp helps mitigate any issues I'm sure.
 

Will Squared

Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Jan 24, 2020
So I finally decided on a new smoker and went with the MB 560 thanks to a lot of responses in this forum. One question I had is, does anyone use the meat probe that comes with the smoker and purchase more of MBs probes or is there a different brand that is recommended for this smoker, or does everyone just use a handheld meat thermometer? Also, are there any necessary items that are recommended for me to purchase other than cover and gasket rope to seal the door? Thanks for any responses!
I use the MB probe but an independent probe as well to double check.
I use a pocket probe to check occasionally and check for finish.
You will have different temps in different areas within the Cook Zone. My top shelf is a lot cooler. The MP probe is reading at the head of the manifold.
I can affect the Cook zones with using a CI griddle, either on the grates or top self.
It acts as a heat sink and zone separator.
 

rexster314

Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
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Joined Oct 7, 2012
Just out of curiosity how is everyone storing your smoker from the elements? Cover/ no cover keeping it indoors when not in use? I haven’t inspected mine for issues like this yet I’m just curious if there’s a common theme of if it’s developing these problem areas due to the level of protection it gets.

I keep mine inside when it’s not being used to try and get as much life’s out of it as I can. I’ve had a buddy that has the same grill for over a decade by simply not leaving it outside so I figured if I have the room why not try it out.
The covers from MB are great. Excellent coverage and protection. As soon as the grill has cooled down, I will clean all the stainless steel parts (shelf, folding shelf) with stainless steel polish, wipe all the black surfaces down with half strength Fabuloso, then cover. The black metal is very susceptible for surface rust, especially at the seams where water can stand
 
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