Smoking in the snow w/ MES + Maverick 733 (bad idea?)

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by plume-o-smoke, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. plume-o-smoke

    plume-o-smoke Fire Starter

    OK, we have 3" on the ground and up to 9" yet to come. Windy by this afternoon. It's Superbowl Sunday and I have ribs to cook. How concerned should I be about snow messing w/ the electronics?

    My plan is to put a plastic bag over the electric control unit on my MES gen 1 and cover that with a towel to keep the bag in place and discourage any meltwater from flowing under the electronic control unit. I will put another towel on top of the smoker to keep meltwater from collecting on top of the smoker. For my Maverick, the plan is to put a Tupperware bowl over it, set it on top of something to keep it elevated a bit. Toss a towell on top to keep it in place.

    What do you think? Reasonable precautions, over reacting, not enough?
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    For some reason I think the instuctions said Do Not Use In the Rain, I don't use any power tool in the rain.(snow) The worst that could happen is you are going to be out a smoker and finishing your ribs on the grill or oven. IMHO
  3. plume-o-smoke

    plume-o-smoke Fire Starter

    For future reference to other MES owners... The snow came. Lots of it. The smoke went off fine. The tupperware & towel may have been overkill, but it definitely kept the electronics dry. I'm still not sure how weather resistant these things are.
  4. I don't have an MES but the last smoke I did when it was snowing out I did in the garage (with the door open of course) haven't had any problems with doing this. Well except my wife left her window open on her car a smidge and complained about the stale smoke smell in the car the next day. Note to self next time pull cars out.....LOL

    I have read also that in the case of snow-and lack a garage. Find a large cardboard box that will completely cover the unit. when covered then put a large plastic trash bag over the box and cut out chimney for the smoke to escape-off to the side so any errant water/snow won't land on the unit. Also weight down the box in case of wind

    The garage thing I have done. The box and plastic I have not. Try at your own risk. And as an electrician-Don't do the box and plastic in the rain. Period!

    P.S. I have a CO2 detector in my garage to alert me when smoking there. I check it once a month. Never heard it go off while smoking yet.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have a MES 40 that is 4 years old and has been outside on a covered porch or balcony the whole time. It get rained and snowed on all the time,depending on wind, and has never had a problem with the electronics. All this time it has been covered with a Glad Disposable Storage Container held down with a Brick. Nothing in nature can move it and water does not get under it. I don't remember the size but you can fit the MAV under it too...JJ

    Last edited: Feb 2, 2015
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Glad to hear it worked out okay, I use mine in my shed when its cold and snowy.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Or open her car window a little farther, and use it as a Cold Smoker????

  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I almost always run my MES in the garage. I don't have to worry about snow (thankfully) but down here in Florida you never know when a thunderstorm will roll in. I place the smoker as far to the edge of the garage as possible where it will still be dry then place a box fan in the garage to blow the smoke out. It works well and keeps everything nice and dry.
  9. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


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