New MES 40 (from SAMS) questions, Doing a brisket tomorrow, Need Help!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by thepctech, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. thepctech

    thepctech Newbie

    Ok, so I have been reading amout the MES smokers and I have a couple on questions.

    1. Can someone post a pic of the "Big" and "Small" wood chip box?

    2. Does it matter which one I have?

    3. I have an AMNS (large) and a 10 lb box of hickory, I see everyone saying that it works great with this.  How?  Can I get some help with this?

    4. If I use the wood chip tray, where do I put this 12" x 12" tile?  Do I need it if I use the AMNS?

    5. How long and at what temp should I cook a beef brisket.

    6. The weather is nice here in CO today, do I need to extend cooking times if it is really cold?

    and last...

    7. Do I need to cure this unit prior to using?  If so what temp and how long?

    Thanks for all the help, in advance.

    Brian "ThePCTech"

    Go Colorado Rockies!
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2011
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Answers Al!

    Ditto...

    Todd
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Also great answers from Al.

    The only change I might make would be to set your digital control to 275˚ for your seasoning of the smoker. I would also put another "accurate" thermometer, like an ET-732, in your smoker. This way, while you are seasoning it, you can also find out what it actual top end is, and how accurate your control box read-out is.

    Also make note at what temp the smoke starts, so you will have an idea if your smoker needs the FREE retro kit.

    Bear
     
  5. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    As Al has said this is what I have done with mine. BE SURE to cure it like it says in the manual or with the pam but be sure to cure it. It will smell like some kind of nasty the first time you turn it on and this is normal. Good Luck. I just use some heavy foil instead of tile and it works very well also. Be sure to keep the top vent wide open when you are smoking also.
     
  6. thepctech

    thepctech Newbie

    Thanks for all of the info; I.m going out to cure it now.  I mentioned the heat defuser (tile or heavy foil), where do I put this?  Do I put it on the bottom rack or do I put it on the heater element/smoke box unit?

    Brian "ThePCTech"

    Go Colorado Rockies!
     
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I use the tile and just set it on top of the chip box.
     
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When I put something there, it is a piece of aluminum plate, about 11" deep, by 6" wide. I put it tight against the back & all the way to the right. I have put it on the heat shield, under the water pan, and I have also put it on top of the water pan. When I put it on top of the water pan, I raise the left side of the aluminum plate just slightly, to help direct the heat to the left. Many times I don't put anything in there at all. It depends on what I'm smoking.

    Bear
     
     
  9. thepctech

    thepctech Newbie

    So just so I am correct, use either the wood chips, or the AMNS.  If I use the AMNS I need to leace the chip loader open just a bit to keep good airflow in the smoker?

    Brian "ThePCTech"

    Go Colorado Rockies!
     
  10. thepctech

    thepctech Newbie

    So just so I am correct, use either the wood chips, or the AMNS.  If I use the AMNS I need to leave the chip loader open just a bit to keep good airflow in the smoker?

    Brian "ThePCTech"

    Go Colorado Rockies!
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I never leave the chip loader open even a little bit when I use the AMNS. There is plenty of air flow, just keep the top vent open at least half way. I keep it open all the way.
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What Al said.

    Bear
     
     

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