MES40 Vent Question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by callmetut, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. I'm getting ready to start my first smoke in my MES 40 and wanted a bit of advise on where the vent opening should be ...? I was going to start with it half open (or half closed ... if your a water half empty type person)... then after hitting temp on the meat and wraping it, close off the vent completely. This is a boston butt.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    When smoking exhaust vent needs to be fully open!!

     Only time i close mine is to preheat and for storage.
  3. I like to leave a little over 1/2 way open.   I am using an AMNS so it's not a real heavy smoke. 
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Same-Same Me!!

    Except when only using the AMNS (cheese)--Then I close it half way.

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Agree with the above, Bear & eman.
  6. Thanks for the quick replies... I'll most likely get the AMNS in a few weeks, vent is fully open and I'm going to guess if I keep poking the butt with a sharp pointy stick it isn't going to make it move any faster... maybe the wife needs to take note of

    I am using soaked wood chips (not chunks) for this first burn (smoke), about how often should I need to add more(?) or is it a just watch the thin smoke tapper off?

  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    On the poking your butt with a pointy stick!---->[​IMG]-----------But it works on cows.

    I never soak chips or chunks, if I use them, and IMO, it is watch smoke to see when to add more.

  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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