Outside storage

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ryry, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. ryry

    ryry Newbie

    Do any of you all store your MES's outside? If so, how do you protect it from the elements?
  2. I have an MES 40 and live at 8800 ft near Pikes Peak, CO. Mine is outside in a cabinet hubby built especially for it and my smoking supplies. I'll take a pic tomorrow and post it for you. I have no problems smoking in the wind, rain, and especially the snow! Biggest problem I have with it is when the wind isn't blowing, it has a tendency to spike the temp but I just prop the cabinet open. I've smoked at an outside temp of 25-30* and maintained smoker temps within 3-5*.

    The outside of the cabinet-he put a chimney right above the smoker vent and added the hasp so I can padlock when we're not home for any length of time. (Have some problems in the neighborhood from time to time with kids)


    And he gave me 2 shelves and up on concrete blocks so no back breaking bending. 


    Access door for the chip loader, it does have a sliding cover that is off at the moment. Smoking ribs

    Last edited: Mar 9, 2012
  3. terry colwell

    terry colwell Smoking Fanatic

    Mine lives outside on the back deck wrapped up in a trap.
  4. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    Mine out on the leeward side of the porch with a mutt and two guard cats protecting it. Husker has a little less than a thousand feet on me and I can report the same results. I just put a 22 hour cold smoke on some belly bacon,  14 degrees outside, snowing, burning just the AMNPS, the inside held 55-60. If it gets colder outside, I just leave the light on. 
  5. ryry

    ryry Newbie

    Thanks for the great suggestions!
  6. I was just wondering the same thing about keeping it outside. The smoker I have now is small and lite enough for me to carry inside and keep in the garage. But I'm thinking of getting a master built to be able to smoke larger amounts of meats. But being so large it seems like something I probably can't carry through the kitchen to the backyard every time I want to cook. Would buying a cover be enough to protect it from the elements and last the same amount of time as if I were to bring it in? The cabinet idea seems pretty cool too.

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