Moving MES 40" control box from top to another location?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dward51, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm sort of torn between building a fridge smoker/cooker and just getting a MES 40" and mounting it on a custom made cabinet to raise it up to eye level.  Would also have a short storage cabinet below and a work counter top to the side at normal cabinet height with at least double door storage underneath.  Cabinet is an easy build and the MES 40" is pretty much sufficient for what I need size wise (for now anyway), plus it's ready to do and a proven unit.

    Problem is, if I do this, the control box on top of the MES is above eye level.  So since it's only two plugs from the controller to the main body, I was wondering if anyone had tried moving theirs and using a interim extension of those two cords?

    I want to avoid stooping down like in this photo (knee problems).

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    Excuse the 30 second photo shop job, but this should give you the approximate idea of what I'm talking about doing (with a little bigger side table area). Thinking of moving the control box from the top of the smoker to the top of the side table at waist level. (with apologies to the original poster of the fine wood smoker I found via a google search).

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  2. bobbygee

    bobbygee Smoke Blower

    Good idea to raise the smoker, but I dont think moving the control box will be needed.The newer models come with a RF controller which, I believe, has all the same functions.I'm sure some one will come along and correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a great looking cabinet you built Dave! I don't see any reason you couldn't add wire between the plug & smoker so it could be mounted elsewhere. 
     
  4. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    I have mine up on a table and just use the remote.  Keeps the drip tray out of the Mutts reach as well.
     
  5. whittling chip

    whittling chip Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I built a simple table to keep from bending over. Added the lower shelf to hold chips, pellets, dust, foil and such.

    The height turned out perfect for me. I can look just above the top and see the controller. No more bending over!

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  6. As an alternative, you can just place a small movable stool/step near the smoker and stand on it when you need to be taller to see the display. Just my thoughts...
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    This works for me...... doesn't work so well for bride....  she wants me to move it off of the back porch to a dedicated smoke house building....

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  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would be worried about airflow - the MES need airflow to work properly
     
  9. yeah make sure you don't block off the right side where the chip loader is. for one you won't be able to add chips and like scar says  you will cut off the air supply, and of course don't block the top vent either

    and what about the drip pan located at the rear of the smoker?
     
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2012
  10. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I made a shelf on a old gas grill bottom and works good, I do like the idea of the storage area though.

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    DaveOmak

    doesn't work so well for bride....  she wants me to move it off of the back porch to a dedicated smoke house building  Sounds like permission to start construction to me. 
     
  11. team c

    team c Newbie

    Got this rolling rack with stainless steel top on amazon and then cut it down with my saber saw so it makes my mes 30 at the perfect height. The controls are just below eye level and no bending to get to the food. I have good knees but bad back [​IMG]

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  12. Assuming you haven't purchased the MES40 yet, wait another couple of months and the new model will have the control box on the front, just above the door, so you won't have to relocate it. Also, from the image I saw, it looks like the drip tray will be front-accessible, so you won't need to go behind the unit and build something to hang the drip tray on. From the image, I can tell you that the chip loader remains on the right side, but I can't tell you about the top vent because there's not enough information in the image to even see a top vent. I don't know if this is an option for you, but I thought I'd put it out there, just in case.

    Whatever you decide to do, best of luck with it!
     
  13. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good ideas and advise - Thanks.....

    That cart was pretty neat. (The one in Callahan4life's link)

    As to the wait for the new model, the only problem will be the temptation to buy the old model at the likely markdown prices.  Ahhh.... decisions, decisions...

    The more I think about it, I really like this cart idea that PigNLT posted a while back.  The price is right at $59 also.

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/73761/cart-modification-for-mes-nice

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    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012
  14. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lot's of good options here. 
     
  15. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

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