New MES, 1st smoke-FATTY!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by voldaddy, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. voldaddy

    voldaddy Meat Mopper

    My MES got here at last. I seasoned it last night, and just put 2 fatties on, 1 with mozzerella and pepperoni, the other sharp cheddar. I have it set at 225. I know to cook them until they get to around 170*. I have a couple of ?'s...

    You have to set the time before the unit comes on, and the sun was beating down right on top of my control panel. How long can you set the unit to run? I set it for 3 hours last night to season. If 3 hours is max, do you have to keep resetting it every 3 hours? I read in my book that the time mist be set before the unit will turn on.

    I've read about the TBS, but mine looks more like a chimney billowing white smoke. Secrets?

    How often do you refill the chip loader? The manual says a cup full at a time.

    No Q-view for 2 reasons. 1, my digital camera's batteries were dead, and 2, my fatties looked more like skinnies. [​IMG] I guess I'll get better as I do them more. I think I stuffed them with too much filling, but oh well. Plus, I'm sure some of you guys have had more practice rolling things up than I have. [​IMG] It sure was messy. I laid them on cling wrap and tried to roll them with it.

    Wish me luck on my 1st smoke, and my Vols luck in the NCAA tomorrow against Butler!
  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is a big day for ya; first fatty and first use of the MES, Congrats !!!

    Sounds like too many wood chips in there at one time. Try just a few at a time until you get use to how this smoker smokes for ya. Thin is barely being able to see smoke and if you can not see it but you can smell it, don't worry, that is about perfect. Remember, smoke is just an ingredient in the recipe, not the main course !!!

    Look forward to hearing how your fattys turn out.....
  3. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hi'll like that MES [​IMG]. You can set 20hrs if needed. I would only put a few chips in or a small chunk every 30 min or so, not the cup full MES suggests. As Mossy pointed out, you want to maintain a very light smoke coming out the vent. The display is tough to see in the sun, cup your hand over to shade it and you'll see the numbers. Good luck with your 1st smoke and the Vols [​IMG].
  4. geob

    geob Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have noticed if you put in to much wood the smoke burps out the top and tries to blow open the door. Use small amounts often.

    Timer will go to 24 hrs. Keep pressing the times buttons.

    Try the sprays on freezer paper to help with rolling the fatties


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