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Oh my! Unboxing new MES30, missing parts & some ??? (Success! Q-View added)

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by zmanh2, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie

    Hi all! I finally received my MES 30 yesterday...


    First off, the screws for the Control Panel were MIA :(


    Secondly, can anybody please let me know if I have the latest/preferred chip tray & loader?




    Thanks for browsing and helping a fellow member out :)
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Start!

  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wish I could help you out but I have never owned a MES.   Did you try to bring it back to where you bought it and see if they have the model you want?  And the screws for the control panel?
  4. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie


    I got it from Amazon. I will have to call Masterbuilt on Monday since they're closed today [​IMG]
  5. yes you have the preffered chip tray, but as for the missing parts, there should be a water pan and at least 3 more wire racks too, unless you just didn't take pics of them
  6. you got gutted!  send it back for a refund....  Lowe's has them on clearance right now for $149.  Find a 10% off coupon (like in the movers guide from the post office) and its even cheaper! good luck.
  7. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie

    Thanks for the replies fellas!

    Actually, I have everything except for the missing screws.


    I just went to Lowes' and got the 2 screws for 64 cents. The stupid manual says M5x.08x10 panhead screws whereas they should be M5x.80x10 [​IMG]

    I also found the MES30 cover on clearance for $10. I'm going to season the MES tomorrow.
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wrap the water pan and drip in foil for easier clean up

  9. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What you going to smoke first?
  10. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    You are gonna love the MES!  Good luck on it!
  11. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie

    Gotcha! Do I need to cut a hole for the outer pan?

    LOL. Well, I woke up late today and I still need to season the MES. I was gonna do baby backs but due to time constraints, I guess salmon would probably do it for the time being. Salmon is usually 2 to 2.5 hours, right? (140 IT)
    Crossing my fingers [​IMG]  [​IMG]
  12. Are you sure the screws aren't already in the holes?  Mine were when I got it at Christmas, also from Amazon.
  13. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie

    Yep...definitely missing.
  14. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie

    Before anything, did we get some great football games or what? Superbowl >>> Patriots vs Giants [​IMG]

    OK time for some end-of-day report. I'm happy to report that the MES30 performed as advertised. I have been reading this very forum since before joining and before I even got the smoker. I would like to thank all the members especially the contributors here. I have learned so much and here are some:

    - foil wrapping the MES pans (great for cleanup)

    - apple juice in sprayer

    - add wood chips every 45-60 minutes (everything turned into ash)

    - no constant peeking

    - foil under salmon so no sticking to grill

    Like I said previously I didn't have enough time to do the baby backs. I decided to do salmon and some fatties. My father-in-law just came from the Philippines and gave us some longaniza (Filipino sausage). I wrapped those in Farmer John bacon. Everything turned out great just in time for supper.

    Here are the fatties...(mostly for my son)


    I am trying to eat healthy so I tried this seasoning from Trader Joe's (no salt)...


    ...and here's the finish product!


    Good job MES30 [​IMG]  Here she is ready for the next round....

  15. ny smoker

    ny smoker Fire Starter


    When I purchased mine from Lowes I also was missing the 2 screws for the digital timer/heat setting unit. I just called MB and they sent out 2 right away.

    Is this the #20070511 modle?
  16. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    success [​IMG][​IMG]
  17. zmanh2

    zmanh2 Newbie

    It's the 20070910.
    Yes sir! [​IMG]
  18. ny smoker

    ny smoker Fire Starter

    same screws because the timer/setting unit is the same. Just ask for the mounting screws.