So looking at a different model, 1510ELPM (in case I wanted to upgrade later), ALL I'D HAVE TO DO is plug the PID up, plug the smoker power cord into the PID, turn the PID on, set the time/temp, and we're off to the races right?
I wouldn't have to do ANY re-wiring in the smoker, right?
Just need to make sure...I was reading on the site where you have to go into the bottom panel on a MB smoker and re-wire in order to bypass the smoker's controls (or some such) and am hoping that's referring to the units that are NOT plug-n-play.
I think you are going in the right direction with all the info you are receiving.
I did not notice a direct answer to the question you asked about rewiring so going to answer that now.
The digital MES will always need to have the simple rewire done (digital one but buttons and electronic display, not analog dial version).
From work and mods you've done in your other posts I feel confident you can knock out the simple rewire even if you have no experience. A number of guys here have been in the same boat and had zero issues.
The simple rewire is simply cutting the ends off 4 wires and then using wire nuts to connect and make 2 whole wires.
I don't know your level of experience with this stuff but its as simple as 4 snips, stripping back some wire insulation and then screwing the wires together with wire nuts and finally a little electrical tape to hold it all in place and insulate if needed.
Once the rewire is done the MES power plug will feed electricity directly to the heating element WITH the safety cuttoff switch still in the mix.
Ask any questions you have. You are never being a pest, you are learning and actually helping out the next person that reads all this while standing where you are at now :)