MES 30

  • Some of the links on this forum allow SMF, at no cost to you, to earn a small commission when you click through and make a purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
SMF is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Smoke Blower
Original poster
Sep 6, 2010
Naples, Fl.
Got a MES 30 today from Homedepot. I went to SAMs and they did not have the 40. I seasoned it like the manual said (3 hours). When I added chip at the start of the 3rd hour, I think it burned them up. The chip loader looks like it got hot. I'll post some pics. Maybe because I was running it at 275 to season it? I'm going to smoke a rack of ribs in the morning. Any tips you guys care to share about the MES 30?

Congrats on the new smoker.

Could be normal? You should look in to a AMNPS, match made in heaven.
I have a MES 40 Gen 2, you got the Gen 1. So I don't know how the stock smoker works on yours. I think the pan the chips smoke in was better on the Gen 1 than the Gen 2 so you might have to play with it. I tried to put pea gravel in mine but I still got too much smoke till I reduced the amount of chips to about a 1/4 of the chips the loader would hold so I didn't get too much smoke. You'll have to add chips every 15 - 20 minutes. This link is where I read to get a bed of ashes. That helped get the thin blue smoke. In the end I got the Cold smoker from Masterbuilt ( 6-10 hours of smoke) but the AMNPS (about 12 hours of smoke from what I read) is very popular. Also verify the temp on your unit display is accurate. The Gen 1's were better than the Gen 2, mine reads about 40°F lower than actual. Better to be safe than sorry.  I read a lot of posts and one thing I learned was each unit acts differently so you'll have to learn your smokers personality. I'm a Rookie smoker but I Hope that helps, Happy Smokin'

grilling_smilie.gif is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

Latest posts

Hot Threads