mes mailbox mod

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by chappy4o, May 22, 2013.

  1. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use the dust smoker for cheese. I just might to this mod.



    That is a good looking mower
    I have a new holland discbine.
     
  2. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    So dry out the pellets eh?

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  3. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Done the mailbox mod to my MES 40 this evening.
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  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks very good.....

    Dave
     
  5. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Does any mods need to be done to loader sleeve or the dome?
     
  6. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

    I pulled the loader, the tray and the dome that sits over it all completely out I'll work on getting pics



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  7. chappy4o

    chappy4o Fire Starter

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  8. handsonfire

    handsonfire Fire Starter

    I've used the "mailbox mod" in my MES 40 new style for about a year now pretty much exclusively (for hot and cold). The pluses for me are: can relight the amazin tray easily without opening the chamber door; noticed that with 3 1/2" holes in door, I rarely have to re-lite the tray at all (very good air flow from mailbox to vent). Can also reload the tray on those long smokes like 20lbs of shoulder without opening the chamber door.

    The minuses (and they are really really small minuses) from me are; the TBS seems to move at a good rate of speed through the chamber (great airflow). Thinking I could control this better by playing with the amount and size of vent holes on the mailbox. Chamber temp seems like it never makes it as high as I would expect (this is probably due to the crappy new style MES 40, than the mailbox mod).

    Now that's it quite warm here in Florida, it's strange to see the wood grease coming out of the mailbox when its idle, so have put a sheet of sheet metal under the mailbox to keep from staining concrete below it..

    Summary .. it rocks!
     
  9. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    This did not change the temp levels inside the smoker?
     
  10. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    I see it all the time and do not know what it means! So dummy me will need to ask what does TBS stand for?
     
  11. handsonfire

    handsonfire Fire Starter

    Thin Blue Smoke. It's what we strive to achieve rather than "no smoke", or the dreaded loads of white smoke...

    I compare it to the amount of smoke that comes off a lit cigarette when trying to explain to friends ..
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bad and Good smoke....  TBS good smoke...     Dave

                                             
     
  13. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys I just learned what good smoke is.
     
  14. handsonfire

    handsonfire Fire Starter

    lol ok maybe a cigar..rather than a cigarette..
     
  15. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Is this the rule with all smoking or just pellets?
     
  16. handsonfire

    handsonfire Fire Starter

    It's the goal (or guideline) regardless of chunks, chips, pellets -IMO-. Some like more, some like less. Some dishes "take to" more smoke, some less. Best to strive to that goal, and adjust your tastes with time and tasting...lots of tasting and <wait for it>..more tasting ..[​IMG]
     
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dockman......   Depends on which camp you come from.....  Some folks like and swear by heavy smoke...  Others, like the light smoke flavor...   Heavier smoke at times tastes like creosote and is bitter....  Light smoke usually never has the creosote flavor, bitterness....  

    Light smoke,(TBS) can be applied for hours or days in the case of cold smoked bacon... (which I have done)....with no bitter taste...

    Caution when smoking meats like for dinner.... after you smoke all day and taste the food, you will have become desensitized and the smoke will have hardly any flavor...  others will think it is too strong....

    Generally, a light smoke is not overpowering to the food, and enjoyed by all.....   
     
  18. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Testing new mailbox mod now with mix of hickory/cherry pellets. Smoke is white and I have no clue what to change to get TBS. Any hints for future smokes would be appreciated.
     
  19. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    By the way doing a Tri Tip! Gonna do ribs Sunday.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2013
  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is the exhaust vent wide open ??  Is there water in the water pan....   what is the temp of the smoker... did you dry the pellets...  did you clean your glasses...  [​IMG]  .... just kidding about the glasses..
     

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