A Fix For The MES Temp Problem Maybe

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ronp, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. ronp

    ronp OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A lot of people including me know the right side is like 20' or more hotter than the left. Dave has tried a metal fix above the smoke box with some results. I have tried aluminum foil with some also but not the answer.

    I then got an unglazed 12x12 tile from the garage and it works great on the last 2 smokes including the present smoke.

    I didn't want to post it the first time until I was sure. You need to have the tile against the right wall.

    Water pan installed.

    Here it is working good. I have been keeping a + or - of about 5 ' left to right and actually have the hot side cooler than the cool side was.

    Once in a while it will vary about 10' but not like before.
    Try experimenting and see what you can come up with. I am thinking of putting sand in the water pan and see what happens with that as it would be a permenant heat sink and not variable as the water is evaporated.

    Not sure this a fix, but it certainly shows some hope.

    Hope this helps.
  2. Good deal Ron, I had wondered if that would work, kinda like thinking Space Shuttle...
  3. pignit

    pignit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I may need to give that a try. Much easier than bending and placing metal inside the smoker... and when it gets dirty.... get another one.
  4. Ceramic tiles should be a great way to disperse heat evenly. What you guys think about a ceramic tile? I should stop by and pick one up....
  5. ronp

    ronp OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So far the last 2 smokes it has worked fine. You can pick up one for a buck at Home Depot.
  6. gnubee

    gnubee OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is that a mod that the 30inch MES could benefit from as well?

    How does it affect the smoke production?

    I would think the heat in the smoke box would be greater with the tile keeping the heat in the bottom right corner of the MES.
  7. ronp

    ronp OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's worth a buck give it a try.
  8. gnubee

    gnubee OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Ron , I will pick up a thick tile next trip to the hardware store.
  9. ronp

    ronp OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You may need to cut it to fit the 30'. If you don't have a tile cutter take thd dimensions from to back so the door will close, and have them cut one. I don't think the width will matter, mine covers about 2/3 of the bottom.

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