MES 30 Ordered! Now what's next?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by flynn diesel, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Ok, so after lots of reading I pulled the trigger on the MES 30. Pretty excited for it to arrive so I can get started. All of the smoking I've done to date has been in my Brinkman propane smoker. I've been happy with the the results but was looking at options where I didn't have to baby sit as much. Based on reviews I figured this was the one.

    I've been reading about the AMNS and AMNPS and wanted to know which one (and size) everyone recommends in the MES 30.

    Tomorrow will be the last smoke in my Brinkman before I give it to a friend who I've recently turned into a smoke addict. Gave him some pulled pork and know he's hooked.

    Happy smoking.
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    The AMNPS is probably your best bet, it is the one I see most used in the MES. It will burn pellets and dust so it's a little more versatile, the AMNS will only burn dust. Todd has 20% off until June 16th, code SMFDAD1
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree but I have both.
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I never use the chip tray anymore.
  5. What's the reason for using an AMNPS over just using pellets in the chip tray?
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Masterbuilt says not to use pellets in the chip tray. Probably lights up too easy.

  7. Wow, I didn't know that. I've been using pellets in my MES for years. First with my MES 30 before it died, and the past year with my MES 40.

    I'd been looking at the AMNPS but didn't see the benefit other than not having to reload.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2013
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like was mentioned already, the AMNS will only burn dust, and the AMNPS will burn both dust & pellets, but the biggest thing about that is the AMNS with dust is only good for below 180* or 200*, and the AMNPS with pellets is good for up to 275* or higher.

  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Pellets burn really hot and fast in the chip tray and puff flames out the loader. If you got a greasy unit you will have Fire...I learned from trying Pellets when I just needed 20-30 minutes of smoke for Shrimp. I got by but had the Fire Extinguisher in hand and was surprised at how often the MES Farted Flames!...JJ
  10. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yeah that chip tray in the new generation of mes is sitting right on the element and gets real hot. I had so many fires in the new mes 40 I even stopped using chips, never mind pellets. I actually use small chunks now and also use the amazn pellet tube. Had to dremel out the vent to get enough air flow though. At least now I can do an overnight smoke without having to babysit the unit all night.
  11. I use a AMNPS in my mes 40. you can use chips in the chip tray. if you like to feed chips every 20 or 30 min. I like to walk away.

    Happy smoken.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2013
  12. Thanks gang. I got the AMNPS and a variety of pellets and dust. Hopefully I'll be smoking on Fathers Day. I ordered my MES 30 online from Home Depot. The only reason I ordered online is because they didn't show it available in the store. Well I went to Home Depot today and they had a whole stack of them and they were $10 cheaper..... Not sure if the one I ordered is any different.
  13. when you pick up yours. Ask them to price match what they have on the shelf.

    Happy smoken.

  14. gunz and carz

    gunz and carz Newbie

    Flynn - That's the one I wanted, but Sears didn't have it. I bought theirs, which is the same unit I think except it has stainless steel on the front. That may be a special unit they make only for Sears so they can avoid having to price match. Mine is scheduled for delivery to the house next week (June 19 - 21). Can't wait to get some baby backs on there and try smoking for the very first time in my 64 years of being on this planet.
  15. Flynn i see many years of great Q in your future.

    Happy smoken.

  16. Gunz remember to post pics of the BBR when you get you smoker.

    Happy smoken.

  17. Sorry for the delayed update. My MES 30 arrived just in time for Fathers Day. I did 3 slabs of spare ribs and a dozen chicken legs which I brined and then rubber in Shooter Ricks snake bite rub. I also used my new AMNPS for the first time. I'm very happy with the unit. The construction is solid and it holds the temp extremely well in the AZ heat. This is a huge difference from my Brinkman vertical propane smoker. The two biggest issues I discovered were that with the Brinkman I was over smoking and my temps were too high. So I my first run with the MES I probably could have smoked the ribs for another hour or so and there was not smoke ring.I was so worried I was going to over cook everything. The ribs turned out good and the chicken was awesome. The AMNPS is amazing. It never went out once. Tomorrow I'm doing 2 slabs of baby backs and a tri-tip. Q-View to follow.
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  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Awesome----Glad you did so well !!!

    I love it when a plan comes together!!!


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