New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

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

  1. Sam's has 40" Gen 2.5 bluetooth for $329. I just picked one up last week.It has four racks. Seasoned it the other day and hope to smoke in a few days.
     
  2. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Got mine at Sams approx 3+ weeks or so ago. So-far, so-good, have used it 3 times now it has worked perfect so far. Will be doing ribs Thursday. 
     
  3. I think I figured it out.

    2.5 Gen Masterbuilt 30 and 40" has 4 shelves.

    2.5 Gen Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30" and 40" have 6 shelves.
     
  4. You can also pick up the 30" Gen 2.5 at Home Depot for $299. It appears to be "in store" only. Most of our local stores have it in stock. They do not have the 40" one.
     
  5. Don't see how they could fit 6 shelves in the 30 in one. I purchased my 40 in from Bass Pro and it does have 6 racks - although I have yet to use all 6 at once. Not even close.
    Dennis
     
  6. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Yeah you dont need 6 shelves.  Maybe a once off for a big party, but so far I've only used 4 max (and one is for my probe which is nice to have it separate. 
     
  7. I think the 6 shelves may give more shelf configuration options. Such as a large turkey with 2 or 3 shelves left for other food. In any case 4 or 6 shelves makes not much of a difference to me as I NEED MY SMOKER so I can get back to what I love, smoking meats!
     
  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Good point Re: the configuration.  The other thing I do like is not having to worry about shelf space and where to put my probe.  I can give it it's own shelf so I can pull out other trays for foiling, applying sauce etc, and not have to disconnect the probe each time.  Makes things much easier.   
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would think the 6 shelves would be awesome for anybody who makes a lot of Jerky-------A WHOLE LOT of Jerky!!![​IMG]

    Bear
     
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Damn my wife just reported the AMPS went out again during the first 30min.  She didnt use the blower as recommended......  She relit it inside the MES and had to leave the house.  5 out of 7 start-ups have failed now.  I hope it doesnt go out again while she is away :(  Either we are brain donors or something is up with my configuration. 
     
  11. My last smoke was a leg of lamb and I filled 2 rows in my AMNPS with cherry pellets and lit both rows at opposite ends. Had a lot of smoke - no problem with the pellets not staying lit. I'm not saying that's how it should be done, just something I tried for a 3 hr smoke.
    Dennis
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    To Me, Just keeping Cherry Pellets going for 3 hours is Amazing.

    Bear
     
  13. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Do cherry pellets not burn-smoke well?     [​IMG]
     
  14. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Yeah I was wondering the same thing.  We used cherry on my butt and it failed.  Out of interest, of the 2 out of 7 times the AMPS successfully lit, I used hickory and Todd's Pitmasters.  Not sure if that makes any diffs.
     
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  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not for me.
    I've mentioned that problem many times, so I often neglect to ask those who are having trouble with the AMNPS, if they are using Cherry.

    My AMNPS works Awesome, but the only way I can get Cherry to continue to burn is by mixing it with Hickory, or another type that burns well.

    When I do mix Cherry with Hickory, that mix burns more slowly & with less smoke than 100% Hickory, so it is definitely the fault of the Cherry.

    All of my Pellets are stored the same way, so it isn't that the Cherry has more moisture.

    In my Opinion it is the natural oil that Cherry contains.

    After over 20 years of making cabinets, I found that Cherry contains a natural oil, and that could be the problem.

    I pretty much forget about it, because I use almost 100% Hickory for smoking Meat.

    Bear
     
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    What do you think about oak Bear?  I was really impressed with it's flavor in my BCBs.  Best I've had so far.
     
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nothing wrong with Oak.
     
  18. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

     
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  19. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    You'll have to test out all your pellets by themselves in the AMNPS . If you have problems then use those pellets in the AMNTS. You didn't make a mistake buying the 12" AMNTS. That's all I use in my 40" Mes Gen 1 and I'm at 700 ft. Above sea level.
    -Kurt
     
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The only Pellets I ever had trouble with was trying to burn 100% Cherry.

    When I used to mill Kiln Dried Cherry, at 6% to 8% moisture, the Cherry usually had little black pockets & streaks in it. These are called "Pitch Pockets", and they had an oily residue in them. It is my belief that Pitch pockets were an accumulation of oils that is within the Cherry wood. This is just my theory, so don't take it as Fact.

    And I agree with Kurt----Even if you have trouble burning something in the AMNPS, there's a real good chance it will do well in the AMNTS.

    Bear
     
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