MES 40 Lowest smoke temp

Discussion in 'Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES) Owners' started by bryantom, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Hey guys just wondering what is the lowest temp that I can run my MES 40 at and still get smoke?  Also if there are any tricks to getting it to smoke at lower temps would be great to know.
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    180° or so

    You can try using a couple small pieces of charcoal or maybe chunks

    Tough to get good smoke in the MES at lower temps

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Todd's being modest.

    His A-MAZE-N smoke generators work very well in the MES, for cold or hot smoking. 

    It's almost impossible to get smoke with the factory chip box at low temps.

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  5. doerunner

    doerunner Newbie

    Depends on the wood (soaked, dry, type) ...... Try this:

    Load your meat, regardless of amount, in MES.  Fill the wood tray with DRY WOOD chips/pellets of your choice. 


    This will bring the heating element on and keep it on as it tries to heat the unit.  This will ALSO IGNITE YOUR

    WOOD!!!!!!!!!!  Then, if you like, you can experiment with adding soaked chips etc. an hour or so later.

    When you have played with this you will find that a 200 degree setting will light the wood just fine when you
  6. doerunner

    doerunner Newbie

    Got cut off.....

    The 200 degree setting will always work to light the wood when the unit is first tuned on but

    it may not ignite the wood on the next cycle!!!!!!!  You will have to experiment with this ....

    ambient temps and MES load factors will vary the outcomes......

    I have great success with the 30" model using 225 degrees as a minimum setting and


    Remember, most smoke is absorbed within the first hour or so ..... just make sure it

    lights to start with!!!!!!

    Good Luck
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    MES smokers & chip burners vary quite a bit from one to another.

    The one that came with my MES 40 wouldn't even show a hint of smoke until it was over 190˚, and wouldn't smoke consistently until it was over 220˚.

    The retro-fit replacement chip burner would start smoking at about 70˚ in the Winter, but wouldn't smoke consistently, because the MES is insulated so well that the element doesn't have to come on often enough to keep the chips smoking.

    Solution:  Get an AMNS for cold & warm smoking, and a AMNPS for hot smoking, or if you want to save money, get an AMNPS to do all of your cold, warm, and hot smoking.  Problem solved.
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]    What Bear said, get a AMNPS!
  9. AMNPS is on my christmas wish list, guess i will have to wait until then to do some low smoking.   Thanks for the input guys
  10. missed-em

    missed-em Smoke Blower

    So I just got an MNPS for all my smoking needs - did I get the wrong one?  I have an MES40.
  11. I will take a bernzamatic torch to the bottom of the wood chip tray and get my sawdust smoking and smoldering and then load it into the MES
  12. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thats a good idea
  13. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I just got the AMNPS 2 days before New Years and was "AMAZED" how long it smoke on so few pellets. I think it's going to be one of the best buys I have made in a long long time.
  14. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    another trick i learned , I have the older MES 40 and when i dump the chips i can take the chip loader out of the unit and light the chips w/ a torch .

    just put the end of the torch in the hole where the chip loader would go.

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