MES 30 mailbox mod project

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by azbullfrog, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

    I've been kicking an idea around for a mod for the AMNPS I received from Todd. I bought a flat mailbox at Ace Hardware for $15, the AMNPS fits easily inside. I slid the grease pan out,and the indents on the back of the mailbox, with a few minor alterations will straddle the grease pan guides, snug against the bottom of my MES. The mailbox flap will be a good airflow control. I plan to drill holes through the mailbox and bottom of smoker. Here are some pics of work in progress. Any thoughts or ideas before I start drilling? I plan to tent the holes inside and use a drip pan on bottom shelf.

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    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  3. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

    Dave,

    The mailbox is mounted outside on the bottom of the MES 30.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I get it....  DUH....  the first pic didn't show up and I'm not familiar with that MES configuration...  Should work...  Sounds like you have it figured out.....  be sure the MB is "sealed" to the MES body so air draw and smoke will not leak out somewhere....   Dave
     
  5. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower


    Phase 1 complete.

    Phase 2 is to create exhaust vent. MES 30 has one 1/2" hole in the back, my MAV 732 leads go thru. I picked up a Broan duct wall cap, has built-in flue for exhaust airflow going out. I plan to cut out the back of smoker and install in top middle back. Thoughts on this Phase?

    Thx again!
     
  6. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    How did it work out for you?
     
  7. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

    Here is the finished mod. I fired it up to season mailbox and vent, loaded the amnps up with some of Todds pellets, and sat back and observed. Set up mav732 and watched temp climb to 200. Was able to adjust airflow with mailbox lid and vent damper to produce TBS. Plenty of draft to keep amnps going strong. Doing a beer can chicken later.

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  8. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

    I uploaded 5 pics, did they all make it?
     
  9. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    I only saw one.
     
  10. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

     
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    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

     
  12. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

     
  13. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

     
  14. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

    First smoke done post mod. Went well, TBS for full 2 1/2 hrs
     
  15. azbullfrog

    azbullfrog Smoke Blower

     
  16. ohboy01

    ohboy01 Newbie

    I'm thinking of doing this mod but my only concern is with the grease drain. Does the grease flow into the mailbox, or does it pool I'm the bottom so,we here with no where to go?
     

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