MES 30 problems.... HELP!!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by smokewithmeman, May 11, 2014.

  1. I started smoking a few months ago, using my fathers MES 30. I am unsure of the model no., but I know he bought it at Cabelas around 3 years ago, and it has the windows and remote. So far, I have done, two Boston Butts, ribs, and a Brisket. None were short of spectacular. My wife saw that the MES 30 was on sale at lowes yesterday and brought it home as a surprise for me. What a lovely gift! I put it together, seasoned it, and ran to Sam's to get a Boston Butt. Put it in around midnight last night. Everything was good until around 8 AM. I was up every hour until then adding chips, smoke looked great. Had the temp set at 225 on my Maverick ET733. Although, I had the Smoker temp set to 255, it held temp +/- 4 degrees. When it hit 165 this morning around 8 am, I foiled, and bumped the temp to 240 on my Mav ET733 (also increased temp on smoker). The MES went haywire. After resetting the control panel as per the instructions, I I now have it set at 240 on the MES. According to my MAV it is fluctuating between 218-262. The only thing different is I stopped adding chips after foiling. I've done the same procedure with my dad's smoker and have never had any problems. This is the same Mav ET733 I have used for all my smokes too. Any suggestions as to why this is happening?? Do I have a lemon MES? Should I pull it no put it in the oven??

    Thanks all for your advice in advance!!
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2014
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Add gravel or sand to the water pan for thermal mass.... that will slow the temp swings... Temp swings aren't a problem.... your kitchen oven has temp swings also....
     
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