Absolute newbie from Calgary, Canada

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by lemonduck, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. lemonduck

    lemonduck Newbie

    Hi all,

    First, I'm a complete newbie.  I know nothing about anything related to smoking meat.

    I just got a used MES Digital 30" smoker from a coworker (Great guy!!!  [​IMG]).

    Its misbehaving and he knew I love to try to tinker with all things electronic/electrical.

    Found this site and can't wait to get the smoker going and learn from everyone here!!

  2. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it. Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with their opinion on the subject.

    Here is a link to the Electric Smoker section of the forum: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/110/electric-smokers

    There is also a group that is just MES Owners and I am sure you will find great info and help there.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/groups/show/8/masterbuilt-electric-smoker-mes-owners

    I have a MES 40 gen.1 What troubles are you having maybe I can help?

    Always remember the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!!
    Keep Smokin!!!
  3. Doug [​IMG]

    Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
    Happy smoken.
  4. [​IMG]   Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a very cool and nice day in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of                    information on just about  everything.    

  5. lemonduck

    lemonduck Newbie

    Hey Wolf,

    Thanks for the starter info!  :)

    I just finished cleaning up the smoker and tested it out.  It works fine for about a minute or so, then when it gets to a certain temperature, it trips the breaker.

    My breaker is 15A and the smoker uses 6.7A (nothing else running on the same circuit).

    I'm guessing my heating element has a short somewhere that overloads the breaker.  Guess I should look into hunting down a replacement heating element?

    Can't wait to break out the power tools!!!  [​IMG]
  6. lemonduck

    lemonduck Newbie

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the wisdom!  I'm already overwhelmed with all the wonderful meat posts!!

    My first question was answered by searching "What is Q-View"?  [​IMG]


    Now I can pretend I know what everyone is talking about!!

    I've been looking at how to make bacon...I LOOOOOOVE bacon!!!    There are so many options!!!  I can't wait!!!!
  7. lemonduck

    lemonduck Newbie

    Hi Gary,

    I've noticed.  There are so many posts about similar things with just that little variation that makes a world of difference.

    I have so much to learn!!
  8. Looking forward to being of some help

  9. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    The first thing I would do is check the wiring conectors to the eliment. MES Is notorious for loose conection causing to many amps pulled thus tripping breaker. They are also known for using the thinest cheapest wire they can get by with.
    Here is a link that may help:http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/117020/mes-40-wiring-problem
    Always unplug it before you mess with it, or it could be a shocking experance

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