How Many Mes Owners Here?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ronp, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. 30'

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  2. 40'

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  3. 40' with window

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  4. 40' 800 watt

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  5. 40' 1200 watt

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  6. I like it a lot

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  7. I wish I had something else and why

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  8. Where did you buy it?

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  9. Sams Club

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  10. Other please list where in a post

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  1. my mes 30 with no window is just fine for just me and the wife or when i do 6 racks of ribs sliced in half in a rib stand for football sunday
  2. I have the 40" with glass door.  I do have a question!  I read comments from a lot of MES owners that they love their A-Maze-N-Smoker so I bought the Pellet model(the idea sounds great).  I can not get this thing to stay lit!!!  It seems that my MES is so air tight that the A-Maze-N-Smoker isn't getting enough air to burn!  I have been told to leave the wood shute half open and that should help but it didn't for me.  Anybody have this problem that has found a solution?
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  3. How many pellets do you put in at a time and how often do you have to add more pellets?
  4. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Top vent fully open

    Chip LOADER CHUTE out about 2"

    Chip TRAY inside out about 1-1/2"

    Fill AMNPS to about 1/8" from the top

    Hold torch to pellets for a full 45 sec.

    Allow pellets to burn for a full 10 min. (if they blow out gently blow on them and they should re-light) Need a good bed of coals.

    Place in smoker where they won't be dripped on or make a "tent" out of alum. foil for over the top. (Deltadude made a "tent" out of an alum. tray/pan that looks like it works really well)

    Also depends on what pellets you're using. It's recommended that if you're burning cherry, wine barrel or bourbon barrel pellets, first put down a layer of a hardwood pellet such as oak, hickory, etc.

    One thing I do is after 10 min. and it's going good, I place some more pellets on top of the coals. If it seems like you're getting too much smoke (not TBS) close the chip loader chute some (using it as a damper).

    Hope this helps.

  5. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Filling each row of the AMNPS to within 1/8" of the top should last approx. 3+ hours (each row). If you have a lot of draft (such as too much wind blowing in the chip chute) you may not get as much time out of it. Here's a link to another thread. Pics of Deltadude's cover are posted.
  6. cfmt

    cfmt Newbie

    Hi all...just got an MES smoker from costco, its a 20070411, not exactly sure what i have, stainless door, window, remote control (which is a great feature), 800 watt element, and about 33 inches tall over all. used it twice on chicken, works really well. couldnt be happier. have an issue with the door seal sticking to the main frame on the hinge side when opening the door, yes i cleaned it very well. called masterbuilt and they are sending me a completely new door impressed with the customer service. im thinking this unit may be an old closeout  item but it sure works well.
  7. tennsmoker

    tennsmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Herb, [​IMG]

    I have used my A-MAZE-N Pellet smoker dozen's of times for Summer Sausage and Snack Sticks and I have found out especially here in Tenn that the humidity is uncontrollable !! So, every smoke I do I take the pellets I will be using arrange in the pellet smoker as normal and set the oven at 325* for 30 min, light while they are still warm, and follow the previous instructions.

    My pellets have never went out, that's my $.02

  8. thunder lite

    thunder lite Fire Starter

    First smoke in my MES 40" with window. Bought it earlier this week at Cabelas and seasoned it yesterday. They have the 40" for $329 and I had a coupon for $45 off a $300 purchase. So far I like it. I've done a lot of smokes in my Weber Genesis grill and Smokey Hollow vertical. Not having to babysit the temperature is nice, but adding chips is not the best. Definitely will be looking at getting an AMNPS.

    Also, all that humidity running down the window is now coming out the door somewhere. I might have to do what Todd suggested in a different post regarding putting a boot tray under it.

    The manual was right when it stated that the temp would spike up after adding chips. I think I might have to time the chip reload to correspond to the low part of the temperature cycle.

  9. Just picked up my MES 40 today at cabelas. Can't wait to try it out.
  10. I received mine just the other day as a Christmas present. I have a 40" Digital MES. Going through the preseasoning process right now....can't wait to get into this. I have always wanted a smoker.
  11. rickyldd

    rickyldd Newbie

    I have a 30" ....bought at Lowes...$150...800w with probe ... love it 
  12. I have had a 40" MES for a couple of years, with window, and electronic.  It is sweet. Never had another, so no real comparison--I used to put smoke pouches in my BBQ and try to keep the heat low.  Mixed results, to say the least.  We get a good dose of winter up here in Saskatchewan, Canada--approaching -40F on a cold night would not be uncommon--and much colder if you add any wind.  I was always worried that I would have to put the smoker away for the winter, but actually find it works really well in the winter.  Tons of smoke, because the element is often on maintaining the temp.  Probably better smoke than in the summer!!  Got mine from Bass Pro in Calgary, Alberta--and paid way more than my US brother & sisters would ever consider reasonable.  But that's Canada!!  Fewer people, higher prices.  In any case, the unit is awesome. Want to find out why chicken ends up with REALLY tough skin after smoking.  Ideas, help??  Thanks.  Happy smoking!!
  13. stoobie

    stoobie Newbie

    Couldn't agree more.  Since I went with the MES 40, I can actually do other things on Sunday AND still have great BBQ at the end of the day!  What a concept!  I smeused to stoke my Weber bullet smoker all day, smelled like sweat and smoke at the end of the day and due to the uneven temperatures, still sometimes didn't get it quite right.  With the MES, no worries, Mate.
  14. 173rdherd

    173rdherd Fire Starter

    I can't believe how easy it is to smoke and maintain temps. when i voted i said I bought it at Sams, but I realized I got it at Lowes for $100 as it was missing a leg(bolt) for the score of the year. I go to my local Sams every week watching for a scratch and dent 40" (not ' as in the poll) or a last one price reduction. They are currently $300, but I am patient. Doesn't matter if they are missing parts either, as Masterbuilt will send replacement pieces.
  15. Got mine for Christmas. Actually unpacked it Christmas eve, did an initial run with chicken wings, and they came out great. Injected the wings with buffalo sauce, crisped the skin on the gas grill, most excellent.

    Then did a brisket for Christmas day. Let it run all night. The brisket was as good as any I'd done in my GOSM, maybe better. Not having to worry about temps is a big plus.

    The thermostat seems to be 10 degrees low. I know the outside temps were about 70 (south louisiana) and it was showing 61F. So I know to adjust it about 10 degrees lower.

    I was surprised that it still had smoke in the morning. The actual smoker part seems to disperse smoke in a very steady manner. When I opened the door at 6 a.m. the next day, it was still smoking. I used some mesquite and also some Jack Daniels charcoal pellets that gives a nice mellow charcoal flavor. 

    I got the 30" with no window. I've never thought much of windows in grills or otherwise, they all get smoked over anyway and a thin sheet of glass is not a great insulator.

    I like everything about the MES. The walls and door are insulated. You can add wood chips without opening the door. It seems like a solid unit for less than two bills.

    I'd recommend it to anyone.
  16. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Did my third smoke on the older version black 30" MES on Sunday. About 14 lbs. of Canadian bacon using an AMNPS loaded with 70% Pitmaster's Choice and 30% corn cob pellets. The element did struggle somewhat getting up to 225°, took about 3-1/2 hours with that much cold mass inside. Of course it didn't help that I had a little trouble with keeping a steady stream of smoke.

    Did all the recommended proceedures, including microwaving the pellets, and adding a soup can over the top vent for more draw, but still had to open up the door and relight the AMNPS twice. I ended up adding more pellets and lighting both ends, and that seemed to do the trick.
  17. cman55

    cman55 Smoke Blower

    I just got my MES40 Gen2 on Christmas Eve. Bass Pro was selling both units and I initially purchased the MES40 Gen1 by mistake. I already seasoned the unit and just as an added precaution, also purchased the cold smoker attachment. I wonder if it can be used as an additional smoke source while using the MES in hot or wet smoke mode. Any answers on this would be greatly appreciated in advance!
  18. mvincent42

    mvincent42 Meat Mopper

    I have the 30" bass pro shop model 20072010 and it is awesome! I have no problems with it at all. I have noticed that that I get lots of white thick smoke if I dump the chips into the pan so I just leave them in the feeder tube and get the nice thin blue smoke. I don't go through very many chips either and everything comes out awesome!

    I have cold smoked cheese and milk several times using frozen bottles and setting it at 100* and smoked various meats between 200* and 275* I would highly recommend this smoker!
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  19. My bro in law works for QVC as a supervisor in Va, wife got me one last Christmas with his discount and extra holiday employe disc it was a very cheap investment. I would pay reg price if I had to like it that much. I have loaded chips turned chip tray to dump and just let tray in dump position, I think it allows a little extra air so the chips smoke better jm.02cens
  20. are you using anny liquid in your drip tray ,apple juice and beer is a good thing ...

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