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Not a good day @#$%#@$%^^&^

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by eman, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Got all that delicious meat seasoned up and ready to smoke and my MES decides to crap out. Got to go find the stuff and fix it so maybe i can try again tomorrow.
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Man what a bummer... [​IMG]

    But a good excuse to get one of the New 40" ones with wheels and a remote if you can find one...[​IMG]
  3. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Aww man, that's gotta suck. I think a group hug is in order...

  4. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    That does suck eman, I'd be peeeeed!  After you get her back up and running, build you a UDS for a backup.  

    I injected my first butt last night and used the method you recommended...injecting after wrapping the meat in plastic wrap and man, it worked like a champ!!  Found a stainless steel injector by Butterball at Lowes yesterday for 10 bucks so I'm going to give some injecting a try.
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Got new wire and connectors and fixing to start going back together w/ the mes .One wire burnt off the connection.
  6. Maybe you will have it fixed in time to watch the LSU game...
  7. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Good deal, sounds like an easy fix.  
  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I'll be thru by the time the game starts . Now wether it'll be fixed or not is a different story. Had to send son to the store for a box of panhead screws.
  9. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Done and test heating ! Kick off in 5 min.
  10. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Holy Cow Bob, first the rub turns into a brick and now the smoker dies.....hang in there bud , It's got to get better [​IMG]
  11. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    LOL remember i have the i don't care attitude. Just another thing.

     I will be up early on sunday to get the smoke on.
  12. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Wow ,

     If i had known how fast the MES would heat after changing to 12 guage wire i would have done the repair the day after i bought it.
  13. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Where did you find the wire and connectors.  I've been shopping around -- just in case -- but have not found wire that is large enough gauge nor connectors that are large enough.  Two different hardware stores have the right type of connectors, but in a size that is half as big as it needs to be.  One store had heat resistant wire that was 14 guage and rated up to 90C which is less than 200F.  I think that loses on gauge and heat.
  14. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a good upgrade you should pass around. I doubt upping the wire size would ever hurt but it sure will make the electrons flow alot easier..
  15. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I found the wire and stainless connectors at a local appliance parts store. had to buy 10' of wire .

     connectrors were per each. .50 each for the high temp and ,35 for the insulated.

     The whole retrofit took me less than 2 hours actuall work time..

     I only upgraded my wires going to the heating element.

     I am trying to decide on wether i want to do the 1200 watt upgrade or just buy another 40" w/ the 1200 watt element.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2010
  16. otter

    otter Meat Mopper

     Hope your luck runs better tomorrow , and the newer Heaters are the same way Cheep Small guage wires. Hope you have a good smoke tomorrow[​IMG]
  17. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear that Eman, but it sounds like jumped right on it & got it under control!

    Me thinks as soon as I get my new MES 40, I'm gonna keep my old " #30" for backup.

    Garage is a little full--I guess I'll keep it in the bedroom.

    Have to be on my side---The wife won't want it on her side![​IMG]


    PS: Eman watch your language on those titles! [​IMG]
  18. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    eman, glad to see you fixed your problem.

    If anyone is interested, I have 16' of 12 gauge hi-temp electrical wire left over from my GOSM mod, if any MES users would like it just PM me with your address, I would hope you would use what you need and pass the rest on to someone one else on the site.

  19. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Man cannot live with only one fire utensil apparatus! Must have multiple!!!!
  20. mr mac

    mr mac Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    And then LSU loses to Auburn...just wasn't your day!