Question on MES baffle

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by harleyguy, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I just purchased a MES 40" at Sams. What is best to use for baffle without spending too much, porcelain or ceramic? Thanks.
  2. I've got a 30" and I've used a 3/8" granite tile and a 3/8" steel plate. I've taken both out as I get *horrible* recovery times with them. I can't explain it - I think it has to do with their thermal mass and absorbing the heat output of the element.

    Anyways- the granite tile was what I gathered as the top recommendation after browsing about the smoking forums. However, I won't use it anymore. I am willing to try something thin, like the piece of "cookie sheet" I read somewhere here - but it will have a low mass.

    Of course, your mileage may vary.
  3. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I just use a triple folded piece of heavy duty foil. Not pretty, but it works and it's cheap.
  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    12x12 ceramic tile is what works for me.
  5. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use a 9"x 12" Alum insulated baking tray, you can get them for under $15.
    My 40" is the older model with 750w element. The first time I used the tray there was a odd smell, like something burned. I am guessing but I think the insulation sandwiched between the alum got fried. If you have a 1200 w MES I would suggest that you put the tray in for 1 hour at 275º, then smell it.

    I cover mine with alum foil but that isn't necessary you can easily pop into dish washer.
  6. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My 1200w mes will not work properly with a baffle installed.
    The temp sensor is 1" under shelf #3 and 5" left of the right side of cabinet.
    A baffle diverts the heat away from the temp probe.
    This causes the temps to swing higher and lower from the set temp.

    If you are monitoring a grate temp you will find the equilibrium of the smokers
    temperatures are not nearly as good after installing a baffle.

    That's how it was at my house!

  7. spg1

    spg1 Fire Starter

    I got a 12x12 tile from home depot (ceramic) on sale for $0.57. I figured I would give it a try.

    I just got 4 rack thermometers from sams ($1.88 each) so I am going to try again with and without the tile and see what happens.
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Without the baffle, meat in the right rear corner cooked waaaaay too fast, and I had to rotate all my sausages.

    With the baffle, all was evenly cooked/smoked and not rotating necessary.

    Try it both ways and see for yourself.......

    Masterbuilt is even aware of the need for a baffle and when I called even suggested using a tile for a baffle.....Go Figure!

    I leave about 1/4" clearance between he tile and the back wall.

  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Guess who told them about the tile fix?[​IMG]
  10. xsists

    xsists Smoke Blower

    Does anyone experience this with the newer 1200 watt MES?
  11. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is the newer 1200 w that Illini is talking about....
  12. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    My temp sensor is where Illini's is also. So I guess that I do not need a baffle. Am I correct in this assumption?
  13. xsists

    xsists Smoke Blower

    I'd like some more input about this. I might try it with a baffle this weekend. I put in my meat on Sunday and never moved it and it seemed like the right side cooked faster. Maybe I just think it did because of the comments here but it really did seem like it cooked faster on one side.
  14. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I would advise that you study the results from adding a baffle to the 1200w mes.

    I did not care for the temp swings it produced when a baffle is in there.

    But, everyone will have their reasons for using or not using a baffle

    I also moved the temp sensor in my 800w mes from the upper left corner to the location in the new 1200w mes. I was pleased. Basically the heat gets to the probe quicker and there are more on/off cycles.
    The result is a narrower swing +/- from the set point.

    Yes I removed the baffle from the 800w mes also
  15. texacajun

    texacajun Meat Mopper

    I was thinking of using some Fire bricks below the heating element. There cheep and come in different sizes so i could play around with placement to see what the best location is.
  16. pignit

    pignit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I went from using the older model to the 1200 watt model and so far I haven't felt that any mods were necessary. I'm very happy with the new unit the way it came. I haven't used a temp probe to see the difference in temps but so far the smokes have not indicated any need to baffle.
  17. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I am doing my first smoke right now & I'm only seeing a + or - 3* between the built in temp probe and my et-73 probe which I have on the 3rd rack on left side. This is without a baffle, so I guess all is well. Hope to have some Qview later on.

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