New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by parrot-head, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Has anyone tried using a grid on the most bottom slot, and putting the AMPS on the far right, on top of the grid, just above the water pan?  That looks like it would get the most oxygen from the chip feeder and the ash would fall into the pan.  The only thing I can think of is that it will get too hot.  Anyone tried this?  Does it work?

     
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
  2. Looks like it would work there there.
     
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I hope Todd get's the new MES Bluetooth soon so that he can fully test the AMPS tray in it. 
     
  4. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You can send him a private message thru SMF. He's great about quick responses.
     
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    He has not tested the MES Bluetooth.  I asked a couple of weeks back. 
     
  6. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would place the AMNPS on the left side, Mummel. Note that the top vent is on the top left so airflow should be greater on that side. (However, with my MES 30 Gen 1 I have the AMNPS on the double rails on the left side of the heating element with the top vent on the right side but it still works well.) Next, I really don't think it's a good idea to place the it over the heating element because you don't want extra heat added to the burning pellets or they might burn too quickly. But I agree it's better to place it on the bottom rack where air can flow all around it than place it on the drip pan.
     
  7. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Maybe it's on his to-do list. I think with his R&D Todd's purchased almost as many MES 30s & 40s Gen 1 and 2 as Masterbuilt has produced.
     
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Guys,

    There's always a Method to my madness. I would never put my AMNPS right above a heating element. That could cause too much heat, and possibly a jumping of rows & a real quick burn-out.

    Also I recommended to Dennis, putting the AMNPS on top of the empty water pan on the left end of the pan, and it works good there, as Dennis stated, so why would anybody want to put it on a rack & get the rack dirty, when it works fine on top of the left end of the water pan???

    Since it works good for Dennis in his Gen #2.5, there must be plenty of good air flow going right through there.

    Bear
     
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So, are you suggesting to remove the bottom rack that rests on top of the water pan and then to place the AMNPS on the left end of the empty water pan?
     
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Yes, but with this method you lose a rack.  Not always a problem but a consideration. 
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
  11. It worked okay for me last weekend (2 smokes). The range for me was only about 25-30 yards - line of sight. When I went inside I lost connection. I just installed a faster wireless router in my home - not sure if that will have any affect on the Bluetooth range. I'll find out next time.

    The meat probe temp that registered on my iPad was right on when I compared to a digital thermometer. I don't have any other wireless temp Gage's so I trust the smoker readout is accurate. I have no complaints so far.
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes.

    Bear
    I don't know about others, but I never use my bottom rack. IMO it's too close to the heating element.

    I use my racks in the following order:

    First choice-----------2nd position

    Second choice------1st position

    Third choice----------3rd position

    Fourth----------Never

    Bear

    Bear
     
  13. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Like Bear, I never use the 4th rack. I don't even use the top rack if I'm just smoking a beef brisket or a pork shoulder or just two baby backs or spareribs. The only times I use the top three racks are when I cold smoke cheeses or I bought a baby back 3-pak at Costco.
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2015
  14. It was 142, Bear. My "best ever" (and first PR)
    Dennis
     

  15. My MES40 came with a sausage hanger. I set the hanger on the bottom/left side and put the AMNPS on top of hanger. It gets it off of the bottom 2-3 inches. Worked great.
     
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    What store did you get yours in?  I should add the sausage rack to my table for comparison.
     
  17. Cabelas
     
  18. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Sweet.  Did the guys that got their smokers from Sam's or Bass Pro get sausage hangers?
     
  19. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Hey guys.  The height dimension on the Cabelas unit is 40.1 inches while the height on the Bass Pro unit is 42.72.  It was my understanding that these smokers are identical albeit a few extras (grates etc). 

    Is the Bass Pro unit taking into account the sun shield on the control panel?  If you guys are bored and have a tape measure lying around, please report back.  Thanks. 
     
  20. That gave me an idea. I have an old bbq roasting wire basket that I haven't used in years. I put one half of the basket on the bottom floor of my 40in Bluetooth 2.5 and the AMNPS 5x8 tray fits perfectly on top of the basket and it raised about exactly the height of the water pan, and about level with the heat assembly. That should be perfect with air flow and lined up left side under the vent. I'll try it that way next week.
    Dennis
    Mine is from Bass Pro, 6 racks. Dimensions are 41 h (43 w/ shield), and 18 1/2 w (with handle). I rounded off, probably 42.72 is accurate... I assume you are asking to find a cover that fits? The cover that posted on page 15 is a good one in my opinion.
    Dennis
     

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