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Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bearcarver, Oct 1, 2015.
Bear did you get the 2.5 for free for testing?
I'm not really seeing that. I think it may be a temp thing -- after sitting in a hot smoker for a while the pell its are easier to ignight. I always nuke my pellets to dry/warm them, and then immediately light the tray.
My problem with the AMNPS is that there has been never enough smoke until I began nuking the pellets 2 minutes at a time for 3 times for a total of 6 minutes in all. I tried that at the suggestion of a friend here in OKC two smokes ago and it has worked to perfection for these past two smokes.
I don't see an increase in smoke as time moves on as someone reported recently. It stayed the same the whole time from beginning to end. The only time I have ever had too much smoke from pellets is when I put a few in the chip loader and dumped them into the tray a couple of weeks ago. It was so bad that I haven't repeated it since.
Since Bear and I both have 40" BT's of which both should smoke the same , it appears I may like more smoke than he does. I just know that what I am getting now with my nuking of the pellets, is the perfect amount of smoke and smoke taste. I would suspect that for those that say they get more smoke later into the smoking may be because their pellets dry out more from the heat in the smoker as time moves on, thus smoke more.
I only nuke mine for 1 1/2 minutes. One plate full is enough for the first row and barely around the corner. The rest I fill directly from the bag. I am in Florida, which is humid, but I keep my pell its inside in the AC, so I wonder if it's humidity, or just heat. Doesn't matter, it works for me.
I love my Weber kettle for grilling. I do add wood chips at times. Recently I started experimenting with a small wood pellet tube smoker given to me by a friend here on SMF. I went to a local BBQ competition a few weeks ago. What did I see? Many stick burners, some electric smokers like Cookshacks, and...quite a few Webers charcoal grills! I saw WSMs, kettle grills, and a few of the Weber Performer Series kettle grills.
This is exactly my setup. My family bought me a Weber 22.5" One Touch Silver for Father's Day years ago and I bought my MES 30 Gen 1 about 3.5 years ago. For certain grilled meats or pizzas I add wood chips. Now I'm experimenting with a wood pellet tube smoker.
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I need to do more experimenting:
I never Nuked pellets, never pulled my dumper out or my chip drawer in my Gen #1.
And It always started out lightly smoking for the first hour, then light medium, then medium, and then medium heavy, but it never got too heavy (Not able to see through it).
This #2.5 did the same thing, except it actually got Too Heavy. I just need to figure out why. No big deal. I'll get it figured out & let you know.
Bear, if I were to guess why the smoke got heavier, I would guess that it is because the pellets dried out from the heat in smoker and thus provided more smoke, just like when I nuke them, I get more smoke in my BT than I do if I don't nuke them .... I don't know that for fact though, but that would be my first suspicion.
Thats great, congrats. I for one look forward to your extensive testing to help improve my MES 2.5 + AMPS experience (which has been pretty great, but Im shooting for more consistency with respect to the AMPS).
Money well spent on their part.
I would maybe disclose it in your review to address questions of bias that may come up. Are you going to post a review about all your suggestions for Model 3.0. Im very curious to hear your thoughts.
Why would I worry about that? Most people know me & know my report would be honest regardless.
If I was going to slant my review because the Test item was "No Charge", I wouldn't have reported that I didn't like the Gen #2. No charge for that one either, and I told them I hated it & listed things I would change. If this one had anything I didn't like, I would have done the same. That's one of the reasons I was asked to do the testing.
There is no model #3, and I gave everything I had on the ones I tested.
Yeah I wasnt suggesting anything. More along the lines of if someone joins the forum 6 months from now and reads your review without knowing you. Oh and there is always a next gen model! I hope MB continues to work towards perfection. Their PID is the first area of business IMO.
Bear, has there been any new info about the LCD screen and freezing temps? Most people never had the MES BT last winter and I dont want to be a guinea pig. Is it covered by warranty if my LCD freezes and stops working?
I think the 2.5 came out last November or so. I would guess if some guys in MN, NY, PA, or some other freezing A$$ cold state would have had a problem, it would have gotten around to us by now.
I'll let you know about freezing issues after this winter... I am in southern NJ and I keep mine covered outside (just survived significant rainfall from Jaoquin without issues).
Yup---We get the cold in PA, but we only got 5 inches of rain in the last few days. I guess Joisey didn't get it as bad as expected---Am I right??
Hey everyone. I just fell upon this post. I see where the gen 1 30 inch Master built has a digital read out. If that's a gen 1, what's mine? Mine isn't digital at all. There is a knob you adjust at the plug going to the smoker and there is a whole about the diameter of your thumb at the back upper corner of the smoker.