My MES 30 modified over to Auber - WS

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by cmayna, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks mainly to Wolfman1955 who inspired me to look further into modifying my MES30 so it would be controlled by my Auber WS PID controller. Very simple modification. Basically you get an extension cord and convert it into the new power supply cable by hard wiring it directly to the MES30 heating element. You then plug the MES power cord to the backside of the Auber controller and go for it. What I like about this PID controller is that you have 6 settings you can create. Temp 1 at xxxdegree temp, then Temp 2 at xxx degree temp etc. Thus as you can see further down, I set the first temp to stabilize at 100 for 24 minutes, then let it bump to 130* for 24 minutes, then let it bump to 150* for another 24 minutes.

    Here is what you see when you pull the rear panel off the MES 1st generation.
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    Pulling the stock wires off the heating element and pushing them aside, you then wire your new power cord to the element. Can anyone spot the blunder I did when wiring it up? :biggrin: After fixing the oops, sealed it all up and plugged it into the back of the Auber controller.
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    The only modification I did which I can't erase it putting a hole in the back plate. Otherwise, I can always put the smoker back to it's factory setting, if I chose so.
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    Per the following pics, look how close the Auber's controller temp reads to my Maverick 732. All I can say is WOW!

    Setting of 100*
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    Setting of 130*
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    Setting of 150*
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    Again, thanks to Wolfman 1955 for showing me the way.



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    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
  2. c farmer

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

    Its that easy?

    I need to do this.
     
  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    great idea.. but have some confusion ... are my eyes seeing your new wiring to the element correctly... you have the black wire (usually hot) connected to the the box as a ground ?? and you have the green wire (usually ground) connected to one side of element.. ?? and the white wire (usually common/ ground) to the other side of the element.. ?? and it's working ?? you don't get shocked when touching the cabinet ??
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As long as you wire the other end the same.... green and white are power and black ground.... the electricity doesn't know the color of the insulation.... BUT... I would change the wiring to code for 2-3 years down the road... or wrap colored elec. tape around the wires to simulate "code"....

    Looks really controllable... nice to have....

    Dave
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2015
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    correct Dave.. i was just assuming the other end has a prewired 3 prong plug on it since the controller is a plug and play ...
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
  7. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As I said earlier lets see who can spot the blunder I did. Yes green should have been ground with black going to the of the ends of the element. Plugged it in and no worky. So swapped the green with the black and then it worked. LOL



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  8. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I will say that if I didn't have that Auber sitting around not earning it's keep,  would I have gone out and spend the money on one?  Hmmmmm, they're not too cheap.    I  have used it as well on my Big Chiefs by turning it's stat to full heat then plugging it into the Auber.    Very easy to control.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2015
  9. chrome93

    chrome93 Newbie

    Thanks for the post. I did exactly what you did and now i'm having trouble getting the temps to lock in where I set them. Did you run the autotune or did everything work out of the box? Also if you did run the autotune did you set it at a certain temp first how did you do yours? Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
     
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