Hot Corner In Masterbuilt Electric?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by b18c_ej8, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. b18c_ej8

    b18c_ej8 Newbie

    Probably user error, but has anyone else experience the vent corner of the smoker being very much hotter than the rest?  I made a few batches of jerky this week (7 pounds of meat worth).  On the first batch, the back right corner got burned on all 4 racks - About 3-4 inches worth of jerky burned while the rest was fine.

    Perhaps I had the vent open too far and the heat turned up too high?  I don't remember what I set the unit for as far as temperature, but I'm pretty sure the vent was wide open.  Subsequent batches I was able to save by not putting meat on that corner, but I'm still wondering what I did wrong. 

    Thoughts?  Thanks!
  2. tromaron

    tromaron Meat Mopper

  3. captturbo

    captturbo Smoke Blower

    I keep a ceramic tile on top of the heating element / smoke box too and it works wonders. You would think that Masterbuilt would make a small change to take care of this but in the end it's so easy to fix it's just not a real problem.
  4. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I heard about that before I bought my MES, and put a tile in place the first day I brought it home,  Haven't noticed any problems at all.  Like Capt said, its so easy to fix, its not a problem at all.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What they said, and no one can figure out why Masterbuilt hasn't changed the vent to the other side.
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Prolly because they cant convince the folks that make it over in China to change it.

    They are funny that way..

    When I had the bike shop a local guy was gonna make a million with el cheapo Chinese scooters..

    They were very difficult to deal with making changes.

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you feel like making a temporary mod, here is a mod that works well enough for addition to the  floor tile I have in my MES 30....  

    Trim an aluminum roasting pan to move the exhaust to the "center" of the smoker... Dave

    Click on the link below:

    PS: I would like to address you in a personable fashion but typing b18c_ej8 is a PITA... Got another name that is a little easier for us old folks ???... Dave

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