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MES Model 20070910 temp accuracy

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jfkiii, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. Hi all,

       Happy Thanksgiving. My turkey is in the smoker and hope to enjoy a great bird.

       I have a question of those who have this smoker with the digital temp/time settings. I found that the temp seems to be off from 15-25 degrees. The temp setting is at 225 and according to my Taylor 1470 probe hanging in the smoker the temp is actually 240-250 [depending on where the probe is located ]. Anyone else had this problem? I guess it is easy enough to solve ...just set the temp @ 20 +/- degrees less than  you actually want.
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes, not uncommon for the readings to be off.  My MES is off 15* against a Maverick ET-73.

    Check both of the thermometers in boiling water and also water with ice.

  3. TJ, thanks for your note. I did smoke my bird, after brining overnight, @ 220 degree setting [ 12.5 lb for 5.5 hrs ] and  had better results than previous efforts. It took close to the anticipated time to cook and it came out with a nice crispy skin and very moist breast meat. I removed it from the smoker and foiled it and put in a cooler with towels  for 1.5 hrs then rested it sans foil for one half hr. then sliced it . It was still hot and the meat was enjoyed by all. The weight included the giblets and a gravy packet and the 8% injection ... if I took that into consideration I probably could have cut 1/2 hr off of the cook time and perhaps had a bit juicer bird?? who knows?