MES 40 Old Gen Vent Tube/Modification ?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by friscofaulkner, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. I have read various articles about Vent position and or air flow for the MES cookers.  I was hoping to bring that all into 1 thread.  It seems if I am using wood chips, everyone seems to agree that you leave the vent wide open to ensure smoking and close it when you just want heat.  Now the question I have is has anyone modified the Vent to improve airflow? 

    I have seen some threads about installing a simple elbow from Hardware store, attached to the vent opening and this can help improve airflow??  Not sure how adding an elbow helps airflow but I am curious if anyone here has experience with modifying their MES to improve it?
  2. Rather than using an elbow, I use just a straight piece of vent pipe about 5" in diameter and about 1 foot long.  It sits on top of the smoker vent without any need to attach it with screws or similar. I  believe that a 1 foot length pipe is sufficient to get a 'chimney effect' to improve the air flow, although I have not used anything to precisely measure air flow. I would expect that using an even longer piece of straight pipe would be even more effective. I don't get much rain where I am at so I don't worry about not having an elbow at the top of the pipe. Also, one additional benefit of a chimney is that it raises the point where the smoke leaves the smoker and keeps the stuff sitting on top of the smoker from getting all smoky/oily.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013
  3. Hkeiner, thanks for the reply.  Did you remove the vent slide at the top or just mount the tube on top of it with it wide open?

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