Vent question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by goldmine1965, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. goldmine1965

    goldmine1965 Smoke Blower

    Good Evening,

    I just received my very first smoker, Masterbuilt 30 inch electric model. I was curious about the top vent. It seems like it does not close completely. It looks like a tab prevents it from closing all the way. Is this normal and will this cause any quality problems? Hope to get it initial season and first smoke done this weekend.


  2. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    That does not hurt anything and will not affect your smoking. I have the same smoker you have

    While smoking food you need to have the vent completely open.

    Get that baby seasoned and smoke'em if you got'em!

    Have fun, post some pics of your smoke adventures.
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    While most of us keep the vent wide open, Foamheart sometimes closes his some. Never all with way thou. Yours will be ok.

    Get to smoking.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yep...Wide open except 3/4 closed to concentrate smoke for a short cook like Shrimp. The only time I max close is to keep out bugs during storage...JJ
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  5. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Half to three fourths closed for me.....
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use charcoal and not electric but I always smoke with mine 3/4 closed too until it is finished as it helps give a finer temperature control. I then close it fully to extinguish the heat after the meat has been removed.
  7. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It should close all the way. I own a MES 30 Generation 1. For smoking I keep the top vent wide open. After I'm done I close it tight to kill the wood pellet tray inside the smoker when it's too late or I'm too lazy to take it out of the smoker and place it on the ground so that it burns out on its own.

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