Hotter temperature on right side of MES

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dvuong, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. dvuong

    dvuong Smoke Blower

    Just had a thought on the MES 40 Gen 2.0...

    Because of the slanted drip plate in the Gen 2, heat is often trapped to the right side of the smoker.  If we removed the slanted plate and maybe just stuck some rack in place of it that isn't slanted or just left it out completely, would that even out the temperature on both sides more?  

    If we used a rack in place of the drip plate, we could still put our AMNPS on top of it and maybe just put a foil pan to catch drips.  Is there any purpose of the drip plate other than to direct it into the drip pan?
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes---If You could rip that slanted junk out & rig the bottom up similar to what is in the bottom of the Gen #1, it should perform more like the Gen #1.

    I wouldn't just rip it out & go without anything in it's place.

  3. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    The slanted plate on my old Gen 2 simply lifts out and is not permamently attached to the walls.
  4. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Are you trying to salvage your old smoker?  I thought you were selling it?
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Right---I realize that, but you would have to install mounts for a Gen #1 type water pan & get a Gen#1 type water pan to put in it.

    Unless of course you would remove the slanted junk & put a pan of some type on the bottom shelf (even a foil pan). I could see this being a good test & a possible good smoker.

  6. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Or just ride the ever changing wave that is the Gen 2 and learn to deal with its shortcomings. At the end of the day I have never cooked anything that I though was negatively impacted by the "hot spot". 
  7. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    +1 .... I agree ... [​IMG]
  8. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    That is what I did with mine is learn to deal with it's short comings. Like you, I never cooked anything that I thought was negatively impacted by the "hot spot" either. My problem with my old Gen 2 was the temp fluctuations and the temp sensor being way off at times, but again, I learned to operate it by the shelf temp and all was well. 

    However it is just nice not to have those problems with the new Gen BT 2.5 although I did have to learn all over a couple of thing on it, but now since I pretty much know the Smoker and what it does and doesn't do, I can set it and walk away from it more often.

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