question on mailbox mod for mes 30

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by trucking13, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. trucking13

    trucking13 Fire Starter

    On the mes 30 1st gen, those who did the mailbox mod,

    What size duct did you use where the chip loader is?

    Did you remove the chip tray or heat shield?

    Those that also put a stack on top, what size duct did you use and did you remove the entire exhaust opening or just the top adjuster with screw.

    I think its all 3 inch vent tube but just making sure, thank you in advance
  2. Hi, I don't want to talk to the mail box question. I don't have one. What I will talk about is the top vent on the MES 30 gen one.

    First the top damper is two parts the first is stamped into the smoker top. For all practical purposes it  does not need to be removed. The 2nd part has the adjuster mounted to it. it is held on by a 10 mm nut. You need a 10mm socket and a wrench. The case is about 3.25 inches. a soup can or 3' exhaust pipe will fit nicely. I decided to use a Traditional stack like this one. It is only slightly better than the corn can that I started with. I just like the look.

    This is the muffler pipe, it worked fine. The traditional one only costs 16.00 delivered. It has a outside flange dimension of about 3.65 inches. The inside dimension is 2.5 but the 3 inch Master built area is 1/2 closed off so the 2.5 is more than enough. I tried many types of stacks before I decided on the top one.    jted
  3. trucking13

    trucking13 Fire Starter

    yes jted you sent me the info on the stack and i ordered one, i will be mounting it on the roof of the cabinet i am building to put the mes in on my deck, i'm just checking on how i am going to run a vent line from the smoker thru the roof of the cabinet and then fit the stack on it. i guess i'm going to go to hd and buy a 3" vent pipe to go up from exhaust hole on top of mes thru roof and then use a reducer to fit stack. thank you
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I fashioned a tunnel to move the exhaust toward the center of the smoker body.... seems to work well..... on pics to enlarge.....

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    The flex elbow will protrude through the smoker body.... I attached a small section of flex duct to move the smoke/air flow toward
    the center of the smoker body.... The water pan is used as a thermal mass and flow distribution... The chip pan was left in for
    thermal mass and heat distribution also....

    Attached a flex elbow to the rear of the MB... same with flex duct to complete the "system"... seems to work well.....
    Once through air flow keeps the pellets burning.... If you have recirculating smoke, the air will be deficient in oxygen...
    The pellets may not burn well.....

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    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015
  5. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Adding to the advice above.  The longer the run from the mod to the smoke collector, whatever it may be, the cleaner and smoother the smoke will be.  If smoking cheese, a long run will dramatically cut the bitter after taste and shorten the waiting time if even needed, before consumption. Not saying the cheese will equalize sooner, it will be palatable sooner. 

  6. trucking13

    trucking13 Fire Starter

    Thank you Dave.
  7. trucking13

    trucking13 Fire Starter

    Thank you Mr.T

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