Early Christmas to me

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by link, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I got a bit of a bonus this year at work and decided to treat myself. I saw this and could not pass it up. I have been wanting one and figured what the hell. I am used to a Offset smoker using charcoal and wood so this should be a fun learning experience.


     
  2. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    That was a very nice price.
     
  3. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    thats a bargain.....I have the 30 and the 40 and I my opinion the 30 cooks a lot more even.
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That is a nice find can't beat the price. You need to check out the MES Group Page lots of mods. to keep ya busy. Good Luck with now get out and season it LOL
     
  5. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am off until the 5th so I will be trying this. I am thinking a prime rib for New years eve.

    I like how the manual says this is not to be used indoors. I would have liked to heard that conversation when the guy fired it up inside. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2014
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wonder if my UTS is considered indoors. (ugly tin shed)[​IMG]
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's the season! For me new iGrill2, took advantage of Todd's sale and ordered 8' of Q mats and a 6" tube smoker. Today the Lem 5# stuffer. Them there's the non smoker stuff, Makita 18 lithium drill, driver, saw combo, Porter cable pancake compressor with 2 guns and a stapler. Damn holiday sales!!!
     
  8. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Wow, you must have been really good this year for Santa to bring you all of that.
     
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You just greatly upset me. I bought mine over two years ago on Amazon for $189.99 because I didn't want to wait for a better price. But I tell ya, this is one great smoker and you got it for the lowest  reported price I've seen. Enjoy!
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the Family, Link!![​IMG]

    Great Price too[​IMG]----I paid $119 for my first one, which was the exact one you got there, but that was over 5 years ago!!

    I know You know where to get hints for your Prime Rib & other things.

    And just yell if you have any Questions!!

    Bear
     
  11. cyberb0b

    cyberb0b Newbie

    Did you get it from Tractor Supply?
     
  12. bought mine yesterday (the 22nd) last one they had. at this tractor supply

    Charles t.
     
  13. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Bear, I just may be asking for some tips. I am not used to this electric smoking stuff.

    Yes, I got it at Tractor Supply (last one they had).

    I just seasoned it following the instructions from the manual and I am pretty impressed. 

    It ran 3 hours set to 275° and held that temp pretty damn close. I saw it hit 281° but it held mostly at 272°. 

    I still need to get a good Thermometer/Probe but I am excited to give this baby a spin.
     
  14. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Ok Bear,

    Being new to the MES world (I have been going through the MES Group posts) I want to run this thing as is and see what it does. 

    With that being said:

    First question that pops in my head is this. Are there any Mods you (or anyone else) recommend that have to be done?
     
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those temps sound good !!

    The biggest problem is if you have different temps at different spots in the smoker.

    Mods needed depends on the individual MES. I needed the heat deflector plate in my MES 40 to push heat from the right side to the middle, but I didn't need that in my original MES 30.

    I would get a Maverick ET-732 & put the probe at different places & see what you got. Since the MES 30 is smaller it might not be a problem.

    Bear
     
  16. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    i had a problem on my 30 over Christmas. It would not heat and i thought the element was out , but somehow i remembered reading on the MES group about the connection on the element going bad and burning up.,. Well i took the inspection plate off the back and that is exactly what had happened. After putting a new Stakon crimp electrical connector on the wire and cleaning the end of the element up, i put it back on and was back in business in short order. i wonder how many people threw there's away when it quit heating.

    Thanks SMF MES Group for the heads up on this little glitch..

    By the way, the 30 cooks much better than the 40. I have both. I use my 40  for a warming drawer and for jerky only.

    HT
     
  17. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad to know that you were able to both spot the problem and fix it quickly. How long have you had your MES 30? I own the MES 30 Gen1 and it's good to know that from your experience the the 30 cooks better than the 40. But I'm curious: how does it cook better. I've thought about getting the 40 someday just because of the larger cooking space and the 1200 w heating element.
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's easy,
    That's because his MES 40 is a Gen #2, and his MES 30 is a Gen #1.

    I have used both of them myself, and I would much rather have the MES 30 Gen #1 than the MES 40 Gen #2.

    Bear
     
  19. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I should have said it cooks more evenly..The 40 has cold spots in it.,I think it is because the exhaust is on the side not the top. You would think the manufacturer would do thermal imaging tests on the unit to see if it heats evenly. With the 30 the cooking chamber is smaller so therefore the heathas no choice but to be more evenly distributed, plus the exhaust is on the top. Thats just my take on it and how I see things.

    HT
     
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup----That's part of the problem with the Gen #2, however the biggest problem is that slanted Drip Plate that is higher on the right than on the left. That plate traps the heat under it & it stacks up on the right side, below the plate, and then seeps out, but most of it goes up the right side because the right side of that drip plate is higher than the left side.

    Bear
     

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