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Original poster
Mar 29, 2014
What's up guys ... Name is butch from philadelphia. I've been reading in this forum for a year or so since my wife bought me my MES for bday present. I love the idea of smoking food outside all year round with a nice cold colors light in 1 hand and a stogie in another. Unfortunately my wife is hating the fact that she bought me this cause I'm such a newb I don't know squat and I'm out there for hours and hours. My biggest challenge with smoking was ... Well....THE SMOKE.... My MES didn't produce enough smoke.

I have a pork loin all rubbed up in my fridge and was gonna smoke today with the purchase of my A-maze-n smoker thing.... Problem is my pellets aren't coming til Monday... WTF

Can I use chips in there? Can pellets be purchase in retail stores? I'm really looking forward to actually tasting real smoked food!!!

Also I MES just has a door with a latch an no vent. Do you guys recommend modifying it and putting a vent on the top for airflow?

I will prob flood this forum with tons of questions this summer ... I want people to love eating the food I smoke... I cooked some chicken in there last year and I F'd it up so bad it was so dry .... The guy on QVC made it look so easy!!

Well thanks in advance and I'm looking forward to becoming a better cook on my smoker

Welcome from Maryland. Don't worry Butch, now that you found this forum, you bbq will get much better. I don't have a MES, so I don't have a clue how they work. There is a lot of people here that will help with all your questions.
Hey Butch

Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.


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Good morning and welcome Butch. lots of MES owners on this site you should get a lot of help. PM Bearcarver I know he can help , and a pretty good guy to boot.

Good luck

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