Pre-Seasoning a new Smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by john f birg, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. I was just sent a replacement smoker from Masterbuilt.(Outstanding customer service) What is the best way to season it? I was very happy with my original unit, but I am not sure about how to season it Properly. Any input is welcome. 

    Thanks in advance. 
  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    spray the inside down with the cooking spray of your choice and do a dry run for a few hours low, then a few hours hot with smoke. Make sure you wash the racks pretty good the first time as they usually have some factory oil on them.
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    By the way, Welcome. I see this is your first post so head on over to roll call and introduce yourself so we can give you a proper howdy do.
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    John timberjet has you covered. here are some links to check out about your smoker.

    The AMNPS is great for doing all your smokes,keeps you from having to feed chips all day. The MES group has lots of mods,my mailbox mod,and if you make sausage the rack.Have fun and hope this unit is better then the last.
  5. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just re-reading my owners manual for the MES 30 Gen 1. It just says to have the racks and grease tray in place, to have the empty water pan in place, and to run it at 275° for 3 hours, adding one cup of wood chips during the last 45 minutes. At the end of the 3 hours you shut it down and let it cool. That's all there is to preseasoning and it's how I preseasoned mine. No coating the inside surfaces with cooking oil or spray.

    I've since moved on from wood chips and use only wood pellets in my AMNPS.
  6. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yep. I followed the same factory directions and was ready to go.
  7. Just got my new MES30 Gen1 out of the box this morning and did the above per instructions.  Had some smoke and stinkiness for about 45 minutes as it got up to 275 on the digital readout.  My first smoker so am glad to read others doing the same thing.  Now have to decide on what to smoke first!!!!!!!!!  Edit:  My AMNPS came yesterday, so I just threw that on one of the shelves during my seasoning time.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    The best invest with an MES is a probe thermometer to measure the smoker temp. When my display says 275 it is more like 325.
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pork ribs? Pork shoulder/butt? Beef Brisket? Chucky (boneless chuck pot roast)? So many choices, so much time...

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