New Gen MES 40 w/AMNPS Questions

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by tpalshadow, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Hi all, I just got my first ever smoker, a MES 40.  I used this site as the basis for the purchase. I know there a ton of first time questions so I'm sorry to add another, but I have spent many hours searching and cannot find exactly what I'm asking.

    1. Location of AMNPS with "new gen" 40.  Does anyone have a picture of exactly where to put it?  I'm guessing under the water tray?  If I locate it there, I'm assuming there is no reason for a foil tent?

    2. Water or no?  I have read a many people say that water is essential, however, Step 8 of the AMNPS instructions dictate no water.

    3. Cover.  I would like to leave the smoker on my back porch next to the grill.  Living in northern Iowa there will be many weather changes.  Can anyone recommend a good weather-proof cover that will fit the new gen MES 40?  I did see this in a thread: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/123644/new-cover-for-mes-40.

    Thanks in advance!

    Todd
     
  2. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Congrats on the new MES and [​IMG]  to SMF. Please drop by Roll Call so the members can give you a proper welcome. Also, if you would, please update your location in your profile so we'll better be able to assist you if you have any questions. Here's a pic of AMNPS location in my 2nd gen.

     
  3. RC, thank you for this information and welcome!  Just curious, what is the purpose of the sand?
     
  4. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    The sand gives thermal mass and when heated will smooth out the temps swings in the chamber..believe it or not...really works.
     
  5. Awesome, time to go raid the son's sandbox!
     
  6. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    You're more than welcome, Todd. Sound1 is spot on. BTW, I wouldn't raid the kiddies sandbox. Don't know what contaminants or organic material might be in there. Playground sand is about $3 for a 40 lb. bag at Lowes or Home Depot and will last a long time, longer if you place foil over the top as some here do. Just sayin'...
     
  7. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice way of putting it..[​IMG].. kitty litter?? 
     
  8. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Ya never knowww. I don't think THAT smoked flavor profile would go over too well. [​IMG]
     
  9. You know what they say, the only good cat is a dead cat! j/k not trying to start a pet war here!
     
  10. roadkill cafe

    roadkill cafe Smoking Fanatic

    Smoked? [​IMG]
     

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