MES Cleaning

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jted, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. MES cleaning, I am going to show you my way of cleaning the MES 30. I have read a few threads on how folks keep their box clean Here is what I do. You will develop your own method. This is my box before I started.



    I keep everything I can foiled but things happen. I clean good every few months or after 20 or so cooks


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    You will notice the seasoning flaking, It  sort of self cleans. This happens  after some hot cooks (260 or 270).   I like to get that stuff off. I use a spray bottle that mists as well as has a spray. I mist most all of the box being careful around the burner I only spray a stream when I really need it like in the back left corner.


    I use a diluted amount of apple cider vinegar and water. I very lightly scrape any flaky stuff and use a long handled spatula to clean it out. I spend some time on the door face and the cabinet side and when finished I light up the AMPS for a 1 or 2 hour smoke.


    a clean corner




    Just enough to re season it and hide any vinegar smell. I probably don”t need to do this but It drives the neighbors crazy. 





    fire bucket


    Put it back together and be ready for Meat loaf Tuesday


    That's how I do it. Jted
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
  2. darwin101

    darwin101 Meat Mopper

    Good job jted.  I am rather fond of a clean kitchen and equipment!  [​IMG]     
     
  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice, I like the smokestack. Where did you get that?
     
  4. I wrote a thread titled To stack or not to.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/166588/to-stack-or-not-to-stack-a-mes  That should tell you all about it.

     As a side note I and my friend made a fast stack the other evening. We taped two cans together and warped it in 016 roof flashing put 3 pop rivets in it cut a six inch circle out of the same stuff and cut a pie shape cut that may have been 3 inches on the back, left a little lap and pop riveted it together. Made 2/12 legs for it  put 1 inch on the stack and riveted it and a 3/4 bend to pop on the top. slight cut out on the bottom side for probes and some flat black rustoleum. It did not have a damper but who needs one, the factory damper un screws with a 10mm wrench and vice grips. Maybe a 1 and a half hour fun project.The corn cans fit just a little lose but when you wrap them you gain just enough dia. for a good fit. I will post a shot of it when he sends it to me.  Jted
     
  5. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice, but sounds like too much work for me. I thought maybe you found this somewhere. I started out with a soup can, then went to a 3" aluminum elbow duct.

     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
  6. I like you went through the soup can then a flex 90. but you can find the 15.88 stack info on the link provided.  Jted
     

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