MES 40" seasoning question. Manual instructions vs what was posted on this site.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jay41, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. I just pruchased my MES last night and was reading the instructions in the manual on seasoning. This morning I started the process as described in the manual. While I was waiting, I decided to do some reasearch since I'm totally new in the realm of smoking. Having found this site, I found istructions stating that to season the MES, I needed to coat the inside of the smoker with cooking oil. This was a step left out of the instructions in the manual. That being said, I'm now wondering if I shoulder re-season the MES coating the inside with the cooking oil or am I ok following the intitial instructions in the manual? Thanks.
  2. I just got one last night too. I was about to start seasoning. Now waiting to see what other owners say.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Season the smoker.... use vegetable oil or something close... pork fat works... raise the temp so the fat "caramelizes" or what ever it does... usually 275 ish for several hours... I ran mine overnight.... that seals the metal and improves food flavors.... When done smoking, I run my MES to max for several hours and again when I start smoking again... I think that sterilizes the interior.... also I dry my pellets during that preheat process. for use in the AMNPS..... If you don't have the AMNPS, consider getting one... also, look at the mailbox mod for MES smokers....

  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The main thing you're doing is burning off the oils & contaminants from manufacturing. The smoker will pick up plenty of Smoke, burnt fats, and such in no time. What you did was fine. Throw some meat on & git 'er duuuun!!!

    If you need any tips for just about anything you want to smoke, click below on my Bear's Step by Steps Index.

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2014
  5. Thanks for the input! Can't wait to give this thing a try this weekend! 
  6. Oh and Bear, I was looking at your step by step page the other day and already have it book marked! Again, can't wait to try these out!

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