MES 40" "Burping"?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by capnron13, May 24, 2014.

  1. I am in my second run with my new MES. (this time 5lb of pork shoulder and 5lb of beef shoulder)  and I have noticed that 3 or 4 times the unit "burps" smoke out the vent and chip loader.  I am guessing I am having a flare up of some sort.  Has anyone had this happen before, and is there something I can do?  Or is this no big deal and I should just enjoy another beer? 

  2. chiefwej

    chiefwej Smoke Blower

    That is usually cause by a flare up, chips catch fire, burn up all the oxygen, internal temp then drops sucking in oxygen and creating a back draft (aka smoke explosion). Speaking as a forty year firefighter, more of a problem in a building fire than a smoker. But still something you should avoid.
    To prevent it, makes sure your top vent is open all the way and be sure you don't overload the chip tray.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


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