New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

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

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think this way keeps them Drier than any other way I know of. It should be a screw-on lidded Jug, and try to get a relatively wide mouth opening too, so it's not too hard to load & dump them.

    I use a big old funnel to fill them, and as soon as I open a bag from Todd, I fill as many jugs as that bag will fill, so none stays in the air.

    Right now the Humidity is 88% here. It was 94% earlier, but it's raining pretty good here now.

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2015
  2. bard4fun

    bard4fun Newbie

    I have an air tight dog food bin that will come handy as I just lost my sweet English Bulldog "Snickers" after 13 years. She would have been glad it will be put to good use. Skokin' tomorrow!!!
  3. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    Put em in a zip lock bag and seal it up against a straw on one side. Suck out the air and seal it real quick after pulling out the straw. I put 1.3 cups in my 12" AMNTS. I don't fill it up all the way but level it evenly across the tube. I just throw em on a paper plate and nuke 2 min. Roll up the paper plate and pour in the tube.
  4. Brickguy  Ever looked at a zip lock baggie in the freezer. Over time they leak. Bear uses juice bottles I recycle apple sauce jugs. The large ones hold under 2 pounds so the are manageable.  I put Hickory pellets them over two years ago and store them in a waterproof but not air tight tub outside on the porch and in Virginia humidly they are bone dry. Think of them as little sponges.  Jted
  5. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Hmmm .... makes sense. [​IMG]

    What about the bags the pellets come in, do they let moisture in and if so, would the pellets need to be nuked slightly before putting them in bottles in insure dryness?
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Exactly---I have some Dust in those Jugs since Todd invented the AMNS (6 years), and Pellets in those Jugs since he invented the AMNPS (5 Years), and I have never had to Nuke anything, except my Leftover Pizza & Cheesesteak.

    I have always gone directly from Todd's shipping bag to my Juice Jugs. No Nuking involved.

  7. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Jugs are a great idea. Would be easy to fill the AMPS. Definite nuke pellets if it's humid. Watch Wade's video.

    Im making beer can burgers tomorrow!!!!
  8. Lamb turned out excellent. A little rare for me, but that's what our guest neighbor requested and liked. The ends were perfect for me. (My wife and our neighbor's wife had salmon). This was a Costco Australian boneless leg. I learned that Sam's Club sells New Zealand lamb. Not much difference as far as I can tell - Australia and New Zealand are neighbors.
  9. I can't answer that question. I bought 5 lb of Oak several weeks ago and the bag was very heavy duty.  I think if you did not open it a lot it would be fine. I think I recall DaRicka

    say ing he stored his in them. He lives in Seattle so there is little humidly. If I were not sure I would just cover the seal with clear packing tape. Just a thought      Jted
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    That lamb looks amazing! I love it rare like that.
  11. Too bad you can't tell them to answer their phone or respond to emails when a customer has a problem.
  12. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I've always been able to reach them via phone but communication over email is non existent. Probably because they don't want to commit to anything in writing.
  13. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    I am hearing impaired enough that I can't talk on the phone, so I am forced to communicate with them by Email. Had a problem getting this set up trying to work thru the person that answers to "customer service", but finally had my wife call and get connected to a technician and told her about my hearing problem, thus not being able to talk on phone, and the tech gave me her Email address and all went well after that. However, don't Email around Holidays like Christmas, New years, etc as when I did, I had to Email 3 times and after approx 3-4 weeks, the customer service person finally responded giving me a "story" how busy she was during holidays and too busy to respond and etc.
  14. ram3500fh

    ram3500fh Newbie

    Hey Bear, is that the dust or the pellets? Which would you recommend with the MES 40 2.5? pellets or dust from A MAZE N?
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The Jugs in that Picture are holding Dust, because there was no AMNPS when I took that pic, however I put both Dust & Pellets in those Jugs.

    I use both, but I have an AMNPS and an AMNS:

    I use my AMNPS with pellets for anything that takes a smoker temp of more than 200°.

    And I use my AMNS with Dust for anything that requires a Smoker temp of under 200°, like Bacon, Cheese, and such.

    I also sometimes use Dust when it only requires less than 3 hours of smoke (One Row).

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2015
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    For the guys with the iGrill 2, the next time you do a smoke, I would be really curious to see your charts.  My MES 40 BT has big temp swings for the first 1.5 hours before they settle nicely to my desired temp.  I am curious to see exactly how far the swings are in the beginning and how long it takes other's temps to settle.

    All you do is set your smoker to 225F and push the power button, and start recording the chart (dont open the door, dont change the temps etc).   

    On the first run up, my Maverick probe hit 225F while my smoker was in the 190s.  So not only does the smoker stay on and continue to heat until it's probe says 225F, but because the heating element has been on for such a long time, it still continues to heat even once it's off and cause a big overrun (probably hitting around ~300F+). 

    My guess is it will look something like this.  If you are doing shorter smokes (chicken, salmon etc), then adjustments are definitely necessary. 

  17. mori55

    mori55 Fire Starter

    I'm seasoning my 2.5 now. Should there be a big temp difference between the meat probe and stove temp ? Like 20 degrees ? The probe is stored in it holder on the side.
    Sorry for the rookie questions.
  18. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've begun lighting mine with gelled alcohol which works very well. No need for a propane torch anymore. I've never used a heat gun and I never nuke my wood pellets because I've never needed to do either.
  19. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    The meat probe is too close to the side of the smoker to get an accurate reading.  Makes sense it would be higher.  Pop the probe into a grid holder thing (like the ones with the Maverick) and test it.  THERE ARE NO DUMB QUESTIONS. 
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2015
  20. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Like this.


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