Newbie with MES question

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by loveno33, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. loveno33

    loveno33 Newbie

    I am new to smokers.  I bought a 40" MES last week.  While precisely following the instruction book for preseasoning, the seal on the top edge of the glass door loosened and scorched the metal above the glass panel.  I exchanged it at Bass Pro for a new one not knowing whether the first model had a defect or the preseasoning instructions were not clear.  The instruction book says to close the air damper while cooking to retain moisture (except when cooking jerky or fish).  The salesman says that he always opens the damper once the it reaches the desired temp.  I don't know what brand smoker he has. 

    Please let me know your thoughts, suggestions and experience with MES air dampers.

    This forum is a great source of information, recipes and encouragement.  Thanks for sharing your exeriences.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    i have the 40" mes and the only time i close the damper is when i'm heating the unit. Whenever i have meat in it the vent is fully open.

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