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Discussion in 'Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES) Owners' started by dooch, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. First butt today in my new MES, salmon yesterday was fantastic. No mods yet, but gonna try it as is. Will post pics when done and give results.
  2. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great. Looking forward to it.
  3. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Congrats on the new smoker!
    Looking forward to seeing it in action!
  4. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice and congratulations on the new smoker. I'm a believer in learning how to use and understand your smoker before modding it. Some mods you'll find aren't needed. Similar to mathematics you should understand the fundamentals of +-* and /, before using a calculator.

  5. I have that same model. Got it last Thanksgiving time. Been very happy with it.
  6. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    When you decide to add to it be sure to get a good dual probe (or more) wireless thermometer. I like the ThermoPro Tp20.
    Also I can't wait and see your response once you graduate to adding the A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker (AMNPS) so you have set and forget smoke for 9-12+ hours :)
  7. RyanZ71

    RyanZ71 Newbie

    Are you saying you can use that A-maze-N try in the MES30? I just got mine and have done 2 things in it. Haven’t had much success yet but hope to get better?
  8. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a mes 30, that's about all I use is the amnps tray, I do use the mailbox mod though, it was hit or miss for me using it on the inside of smoker.
  9. RyanZ71

    RyanZ71 Newbie

    Where would it sit to get enough heat to make what ever you put in it to burn?
  10. fivetricks

    fivetricks Smoking Fanatic

    You pre- light the Amazen products before inserting them into the smoker or mailbox, whichever you use.
  11. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi there and welcome!
    I believe that with the MES30 you would need to build a simple Mailbox Modification to use the A-Maze-N (AMNPS) tray. I don't think the 30 inch MES works well with the AMNPS tray. The AMNPS Tube seems to work well in the MES30's but I think the tube only runs for like 3 hours max where the tray will do 12 hours.

    Here is a picture of my mailbox mod and another I found on the site:
    Mine, in the 1st pic you can see my AMNPS tray lit getting ready to go in my mailbox mod:

  12. smokerjim

    smokerjim Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    if your talking about putting the amnps inside smoker most people put it on the bars on the left side bottom, and pull the chip loader out some to let air in to help it burn better
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Hi Ryan,
    I've never had trouble with my AMNPS (Tray) in either my MES 30 Gen #1, or my MES 40 Gen #1, or my MES 40 Gen # 2.5. The Gen #1 units work best on the Support rods to the left of the Chip Burner Assembly. The Gen #2.5 works best on the right end of the bottom rack, just above the Chip Dumper, which can be pulled out a couple inches & rotated 180°, to get better air flow to the AMNPS. I've never needed a Mailbox in 8 years.
    Mine works Great inside all of my MES units, but I am at a low Altitude @ about 300' ASL. If you're at a High Altitude, a Tube would work better, and if all else fails a Mailbox should help.