Leave smoker in rain?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by livewirecs, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. livewirecs

    livewirecs Fire Starter

    I've had some friends tell me I can leave my 30" MES Analog Smoker out in any weather, whether I'm using it to smoke or not. Is that true? Can I smoke in the rain? Can I just leave it out? I have the cover that came with it but I don't know...
  2. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    From what I've read, everyone says rain is a big no no.  But if you have a cover I'm sure it's fine.  Smoking in the rain is also a no no unless you have a canopy to keep the smoker dry. 
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Play it safe electric and water don't mix! If you need to leave a smoker outside go charcoal or wood.
  4. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This is just the way I do things, not saying it's the only way or the right way.... Just my way !

    I do not leave my smoker outside, cover or not.... I have a place in my garage for my smokers ! I have a place as well in my garage to smoke when it's raining, snowing or really windy !
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Im sure a cover will be fine when storing outside in the summer.  But in the winter, bring it inside.  When smoking, dont get it wet.   
  6. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    The analog units are probably more rain tolerant than the digital since there are no control panels or complicated electronics but there is still a risk of water getting into the wiring and ruining it.
  7. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I wonder if you could make a simple holder for a big golf umbrella, or maybe a patio table umbrella.
  8. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    I built a table with a roof, never had a problem using my MES in the rain. Sits outside 24/7
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

  10. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Damn phone, will try again later
  11. If you Have to leave it out I would cover it and raise it off the ground.

  12. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Will 12X12 tiles be enough to keep it off the ground?
  13. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a MES 30 Gen 1. Even though I have a cover for it I never leave it out in bad weather. It stays in my garage when not in use.

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