New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by parrot-head, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. Has the vent at top left.

    Five String
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks------That's what I thought.

    Therefore I still don't see any difference between the 2.5 that came out in December and the one somebody is saying is coming out in June.

    I don't think anything new is coming out in June, and there is no reason to.

    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I dont have a Sams Club membership so dont want to waste the 10%.  Good deal though.  Be sure to pickup the $30 square trade 3 year warranty!
  4. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Does the app have temp alarms??//

  5. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    From what I read only the 30" was released in December. The 40" will be released in June.
  6. wichita chief

    wichita chief Fire Starter

    Five String has a 40" in the picture of the one he just bought. I might have to cruise up to Sams to see what's in store here. Even though my card needs renewing you can still go cruise the isles.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    But Five String already got the MES40 #2.5 Bluetooth, and it's only April.

    I still say, "Nothing is coming out in June---They've all been out since December, and are mostly on backorder".

    The only way anything new would come out in June is if they made changes, and apparently there's no reason for changes.

  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Bass Pro, Cabelas and now apparently Sams Club all have the 40 MES Bluetooth Gen 2.5 (although Sams is offering the older model through their website, looks like you need to go in store).  Amazon will have it in June.  Nothing at Home Depot or Lowes yet.

    All I need is a 40 MES Gen 2.5 but no window or Bluetooth.  Com'on Masterbuilt, release it already!
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Where do you guys put the AMPS in the 40?  I assume below the water tray to not have the pellets go out.  But how does that affect the smoke/heat distribution?  Does it fit on the left side below the water tray?

  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks to me like it would fit below the water pan on the left, but if I would put it there, I'd jack it up with something to allow air to get under it.

    Another place would be on top of the water pan (No Water In Pan).

    Or a last resort on the bottom grill rack.

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  11. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Will it fit there?  What would you use to prop it up on?

  12. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    I purchased my MES 2.5 from Bass Pro a couple of months ago, looking at the box Five String posted I can see two differences. One would be four cooking racks vs six on the Bass Pro unit and the other would be the the base. Bass Pro unit does not have legs and has wheels. After several uses my only complaint would be the bluetooth is somewhat over rated.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't have one yet, but it certainly looks like it would fit there. Looks like plenty of room in all 3 directions.

    I would use something like thin metal bars stacked under the AMNPS. I would cover as little as possible under it, to allow the air flow to come up through the bottom. Maybe something like 2 pieces of aluminum box tubing 1/2" X 1" high. Anything similar. (NO Galvanized!!!)

  14. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    You could get some stainless steel bolts and add "feet" to the AMNPS to get it up a few inches.
  15. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    I'm thinking I'm going to drill some holes in the bottom corners of my AMPS and use nuts and bolts to raise it.
  16. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Just make sure they are stainless and not zinc or galvanized and you will be good to go.
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There's a good idea, and make them as high as you can & still be low enough to clear the bottom of the water pan.

    If you do weld anything, be sure to weld to the existing crossbars---Not to the perforated steel. You don't want to plug up any little holes.

  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Doesn't the AMPS come with legs?  See the pic.  How high would you want to lift it?

  19. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Most of the UDS builds on here use SS bolts to raise the baskets up and it works great. Here I used some 3.5" carriage bolts with fender washers to raise my basket.
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cool---Small bolts, so they don't block a lot of air holes.

    Most people don't know the reasons for the cross bar feet are to keep from twisting, and to keep from welding a straight line, blocking a bunch of holes all in the same row.


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