Newbie MES questions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rraczyla, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. rraczyla

    rraczyla Fire Starter

    Hi guys,

    I may finally have a working mes 40 gen 2 (had two bad gen 1 models) and had a couple questions as I try to get a couple smokes in before winter.

    1. How far should I place a maverick from the food itself? My Mes looked to be running about 20 degrees cooler empty but when I put a beer can chicken in the cooker the smoker ran about 20 degrees hotter and e maverick never really caught up. Maybe it was the cold from the food?

    2. How much smoke should I actually taste? My chicken, smoked with Apple wood chips, smelled like smoke but there was little smoke taste in my opinion. I have never really had much smoked food so in not sure if this is typical or if I did somethings wrong.

    3. In terms of controlling temp swings bear had a post I will need to try about setting it lower initially and catching it on its way down. Would I apply the same method each time I open the door to spritz or remove to foil?

    Thank you
  2. murrgh

    murrgh Fire Starter

    Welcome and congrats on your MES! I've got a 30in so I'll attempt to answer your questions.... I know it's not much help but it's something!
  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Hope these answers help. 
  4. rraczyla

    rraczyla Fire Starter

    Thanks guys. I will give the hickory a try on the chickens. I was placing the maverick about an inch from the food so good to know I should move it further. I will keep you guys posted on my next smoke

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