New Ride for my MES 30!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by deerjohn, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. About a month ago I started a thread asking for info on the external temperature of my recently purchased MES 30?  I was considering building a wood cabinet for the smoker and wanted to be sure that I wasn't creating a fire hazard!  Everyone suggested that the smoker was cool enough to lay your hand or drink on.  Dr K suggested that I get ahold of an infrared thermometer gun to take temp readings of all outside areas of the smoker.  His suggestion sounded like the way to go.  My son owned a digital infrared gun that he let me borrow.  What a great little tool and exactly what I needed.  To my surprise, the highest temp I could find after having the smoker on 275 degrees for 2 hours was 111* around the vent on the top right rear.  The rest of the smoker was between 80 and 90 no matter where I took the reading.  With those cool temps in mind I started and completed the below project.  I've used it 5 times, including a 7 hour run on ribs and no part of the cabinet got warm!  I was able to convince my wife to sew up a custom cover as the original wouldn't fit all the modifications.  I have 4, 2 1/2" wheels with brakes under the cabinet which allow for easy manueverability around my shop, and for rolling it outdoors for smoking.  It has 2 collapsable shelves( salvaged from an old stove and refrig ) that hold my meat trays when I'm moving the meat in or out of the smoker.  There is storage below for foil, trays, wood chips and what-ever!!  I am retired, and have lots of time on my hands once deer season closes here in Michigan.  I am always looking for projects for my gentlemans workshop (sanders, saws, routers, welders, metal lathe, etc.)  Heated in the winter, cooled in the summer with a refrig full of refreshments!  LIFE IS GOOD !!!  Woodworking and metal working have been my hobbies for 60 years.

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  2. tbern

    tbern Fire Starter

    Very nice design and gets your smoker to a nice working height. Really looks well thought out and a beautiful finish on the wood.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Very, very nice! 

  4. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Very nicely done, John!  Looks like you've thought of everything.  I'd bet some other MES owners will be copying your design.



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