New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by parrot-head, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Great photo, thanks.  Yeah there is plenty of space.  Do you prefer it sideways or lengthways?
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Try it both ways.

    Whichever way keeps smoking the best, use that.

    If it works good either way, do it like TJ said, and hide it under the water pan to keep drips off, but like I said---Not too close to the heating element.

  3. My Cabelas Bluetooth 40 has a range of about 40-50 ft direct line but as soon as I walk inside it fails.
  4. tjohnson

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

    That's very typical with Bluetooth
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Does the Maverick 733 have a true range of 300 feet?  Even 120 feet will be great.
  6. tjohnson

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

    Yes & No

    I can receive a signal in any room of my 2 story house, including the basement

    At work, I can receive the signal about 80' away, inside the building.  In all fairness, the signal has to go thru a block wall, and an interior wall, so I can;t complain about the range at work.

  7. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    My intension with the AMPS was to use my smoker unattended for long periods of time. The thought of letting the smoker go overnight without checking it was even an idea. That changed when I noticed a post on an electrical fire during someone's smoke, so long story short - I have not used it yet. I'm sure I will just to eliminate the continuous chip feeding during the smoking process but not for unattended smoking.
    The idea of it being too close to the heating element never crossed my mind, good thought Bear, probably saved more than one person some heavy smoke and wasted pellets. I wouldn't even know how close too close would be, your thoughts? I think I'm going to try and modify my water pan, maybe a hole in the bottom for a bolt with a water tight gasket, then a nut to secure it. After that a pie tin and wing nut to cover the AMPS .   
  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    It uses RF correct?  Yeah I havent had much luck with bluetooth gizmos & range.  Last I tried was BT 2.1 but there was too much interference in my house (wireless router, cordless phone etc). 
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    What if you move the smoker a bit away from your home and use an extension cord, put it in the middle of the lawn etc (assuming a rain free night).  Surely one could then get a good nights rest and not worry about it??
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't know how close you can get to the element.

    I do know in an MES 30, you get right up to the left end of the chip burning assembly.

    I used to put a piece of aluminum between the AMNS (Dust) and the end of the chip burner assembly just in case.

    However once I got my MES 40 Gen #1, I can be pretty far away from the heat source, on the support bars.

  11. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Silly, low-tech me. When I want to read the display screen on my MES 30 Gen 1 I just put my hand over the the controller to shade it from the sun. I figure manual shading just saved me at least $200...
  12. As I posted in this thread earlier, I bought the mes 40 from Cabelas last week. I took some advice from Skeeterbait and purchased the stand and a set of angle casters. Also ordered an AMNPS and pellets from Todd ( April 20% off sale). All seasoned and ready to go. Thought I would post some pics.

  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Now you're ready!![​IMG]

    Looks entirely too clean---Gonna have to fix that !![​IMG]

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  14. I agree with Bear.     You gotta get it dirty

  15. Gary / Bear,

    As soon as I get some time.....ITS ON!!!!
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Did yours come with a stand in the box?  How much did you pay?  I spoke to Masterbuilt again.  The CSR said there will be no 40" without a window or bluetooth.  Completely conflicts with what another CSR said......  I'm ready to pull the trigger but dont need the window or the bluetooth stuff.  Conflicted.
  17. mab007

    mab007 Fire Starter

    looks like there are two choices for the GEN 2.5 MES 40

    Sams $329

    4 racks



    cabelas branded version

    black front, no stainless, no window

    no legs

    6 racks

    top vent (back left)

    both are bluetooth and both are the new gen announced in december, now shipping.  amazon probably gets theirs later, so they say available june.  sams still selling last gen 2 model for 299. (side vent)

    I purchased from Sam's (gen2.5) I had mine a week, smoked cheese using cold smoke attach, now waiting for 3 weeks to cut into it...turkey later this week.
  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Sams is probably the best bang for your buck unless you dont want a window.
  19. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    The model at Sam's seems to be the way to go. Having the legs saves the expense of a stand and 4 racks is still plenty of space. 
  20. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Does anyone have a SKU or item number for the Sams models.  I need to call the store to see if they have them in stock.  Their website is showing the older model.

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