MES venting issue

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

  1. I currently have 12 lbs of jerky in my MES 40
    it has been in there for 8 hours @ 150 and has barely dried out
    it seems like the moisture is trapped inside even though the vent is wide open

    turned temps up to 170 to see if that helps

    any suggestions?
    I have this issue with all my low temp smokes
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Turn the heat up and open the door a crack.

  3. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    This is why I prefer to apply smoke for a few hrs. & then transfer to a dehydrator for more even drying!
  4. Is there no way to fix this issue? I am doing snack sticks tomorrow and have had this problem with those also

    Does everyone just leave the door open a crack?
  5. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    BTW,8hrs for 12 lbs. of meat isn't a lot of time to dry jerky! Especially not knowing how wet it went into the smoker, ie marinated or dry brined.
  6. It went in with hi mountain dry brine
  7. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    I've spent more then 12 hrs. at times on jerky & I usually do only 5 lbs. at a time. Many factors affect drying times, smoker temp,venting ,outside temp & humidity etc.Which is why I move the meat inside to the dehydrator where I control those factors  Just fight the urge to raise the temps. & cook your jerky! Smoking takes as long as it takes, same thing may take way diff. times on diff. days!

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