New MES Bluetooth Digital smoker

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

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I wouldn't trust either one of them, because it isn't easy to test them for accuracy like it is with a Maverick, or with other similar digital wireless therms.

    Bear
     
  2. mori55

    mori55 Fire Starter

    Thank you ! I moved it and now it's close.
    Another question , my neighbor has a whole filet mignon that he wants me to cook.
    I'd rather do something else , expensive meat to screw up. How would you guys cook it ? Slice it sear it then smoke ? Whole ? I have no idea.
     
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Personally I would do that just like I do my Prime Rib Roasts.

    Here's a Good one---Easy to follow:
     
  4. mori55

    mori55 Fire Starter

    Thanks Bear that looks great.
    If everyone doesn't use the waterpan , why not just remove it ? Also for elevating the amnps , can I just get 2" stainless and nuts and bolts put them through the amnps to raise It ?
     
  5. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I believe the water pan is also used a heat sink. There are guys who have removed it but I think the water pan is integral to how the heat is disbursed within the MES. I think it was Bear or another knowledgeable person who advised I keep mine inside the smoker. I just foil over the empty water pan before I smoke.
     
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    The Water Pan keeps the direct heat of the heating element from making the lower racks much hotter than the upper ones.

    I keep my water pan in place & empty, yet I still don't use the bottom (#4) rack, because it gets too hot. Imagine how much hotter the #4, and even #3 racks would get without the Water Pan in place. 

    This is my theory, anyway.

    And Yes Mori---Bolts would work too, as long as you don't block too many perforations in the AMNPS floor or walls.

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2015
  7. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I agree with Bear.  The pan is needed to disperse the heat. 
     
  8. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You are right. That's what I meant when I wrote the water pan was important for heat disbursal but you described it more clearly.
     
  9. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Guys it looks like the Masterbuilt 20070115 Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker, 40-Inch is now at Amazon for $468.  Very overpriced IMO.
     
  10. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My opinion, too.
     
  11. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    It's been at that price for 5-6 weeks or more. Started out around the first part of May or a wee bit before towards last of April at $367 with being available the end of June. Then one or two weeks into May, they raised the price to $468 and still end of June availability.
     
  12. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    For the guys with the Cabelas models that came with the sausage hanger.  I dont have the instructions with me.  Where do you hang it?  How does it work?  Anyone have pics?  TY.
     
  13. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Here this gizmo.

     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't have one, but I understand you just drop it through your regular MES Rack & let it hang there.

    Bear
     
  15. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Do you guys hang your sausages or just put them on the grid?
     
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I can't hang mine, beachse I make mine ustuffed (Skinless).

    I just lay them on the racks spaced apart.

    Bear
     
  17. Well, now I am confused. I have been smoking with my water pan removed and placing the AMNPS on top of a wire basket which is on the floor. With the water pan in place on the bottom shelf I could not do that. And if I moved the pan up wouldn't that block the smoke ventilation? I was unaware that the pan was needed for proper heat distribution.. (I have the 6 shelf Bass Pro model).
    Dennis
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'd have to see the whole inside of a 2.5 again, but I was talking about the Gen #1.

    However I would think the water pan should be in it's place in the 2.5 too, to keep the direct heat from hitting so hard on the bottom racks.

    I think my book even said not to use the smoker without the water pan in place in the Gen #1.

    Don't you have room on the bottom left with the pan in place?

    How about setting the AMNPS on the left end of the water pan?

    Bear
     
  19. I just reread the owner's manual and couldn't find any warning not to use WITHOUT the water pan, or any reference indicating that it helpes to distribute the heat. I do know that the lower racks are obviously hotter than the top racks. It would be interesting if Masterbuilt could comment on that...but then again they assume we all use the chip loader and not smoke pellets.
    Here are some pictures I just took. This is where the water pan is designed to sit on top of the burner assembly. It would work on top of the water pan also, I tried that once. I doubt AMNPS would work from under the pan - inadequate ventilation.
    Dennis
     
  20. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    The AMPS works with the pan in. That's how I have it setup. I have it sitting on the Masterbuilt sausage hanger maybe 1.5 inches off the ground. Works fine. I've had issues with the AMPS staying lit in the beginning but once it starts, no probs at all.
     

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