MES Gas Conversion

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by clintjb, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. clintjb

    clintjb Newbie

    Hi All,

    So due to a long story (see here) I had decided to convert my 30inch MES to gas. I thought I would document what I did and how I did it.

    Firstly I bought a cheap camp gas stove and removed the burner and tap from the base. Next I removed the electrics from the MES and cut the heating element out from the bracket that holds it in place (fundamentally leaving me with a screw in bracket that matches the cabinet) see below...

    I then drilled out the right hole a little larger to match the gas tap and tapped the hole so I could screw in the gas connector. I then cut two holes out of the backplate so basically I could have one for the tap and one for the hose.

    I then cut the rubber inserts to match the new connections - fed them through and tightened everything up.

    Basically this meant that I have a connection into the smoker (normally where the heating element was) and the gas tap at the back of the smoker to adjust the gas flow/temperature.

    I then screwed the burner into the the other end of the bracket - everything ending nice and tight. I used the tophole and mounting points to hard-wire in 2 maverick wireless temperature gauges and there you have it. 

    So today I tried it out for the first time - everything went well and Ive got a shot of the ribs that came off them for dinner.

    Took me a little while to find the right spot on the gas knob to hit the right temp but once I found it I marked a point on the back of the smoker that lines with a point on the knob so it should simplify things next time.

    So that's it - if anyone has any questions please give me a shout and Ill be happy to answer the best I can.

    Last edited: Aug 31, 2014
  2. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job, glad it worked out! 

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