mes insulation?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by daddio, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. daddio

    daddio Meat Mopper

    i have a 40" mes that i love. what type of insulation is used in these? and are most insulations fire proof? i was looking at maybe using sometype of insulation to add to gosm that i'm working on and was curious as to if there is a specific type that won't melt or burn. any help wold be great thanks.
  2. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic

  3. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    I would imagine that most fiberglass insulation would be ok at temperatures we use in smokers. May not stand up to direct flame, but in the walls of a smoker I'd think it should be fine. I built an insulated cover for my lil' chief smoker with regular old 'glass insulation sandwiched between two pieces of thin plywood. Never had any problems with it.
  4. fishawn

    fishawn Smoking Fanatic

    The back of my MES has the foam kind of insulation.
  5. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    you need kaowool insulation.

  6. davenh

    davenh Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I insulated the chamber in my homebuilt with fiberglass. Fiberglass is good to 1000F max, so using under 800F continuous is ok if you keep it dry. The gravity feed firebox I added got wrapped in mineral wool. Mineral wool is good to 2000F+ max and can be used at 1200F continuous. The MES uses a foam insulation good for under 300F.
  7. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, I agree.
    In an electric smoker, regular fiberglass will take the heat just fine.
    And you'll save a ton of money vs. the fancy stuff.

    But if you don't mind the price, Roxul mineral wool panels are great and have better r-values than the kiln blankets.
  8. daddio

    daddio Meat Mopper

    thanks guys i'm gonna check on these options,i hope to have this lil smoker up and running here shortly. [​IMG]

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