MES Mailbox Mod! for use with AMNPS

Discussion in 'Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES) Owners' started by chrisblunck, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dave, I did see yours and was thinking the same thing, I will take a 1" vari bit home tonight and drill some extra holes in it, but only go in about 3/4" to see how she works then. 


  2. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, got mine done last night, will give it a shot this weekend. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  4. twawsico

    twawsico Newbie

    New member here, but I just added the mailbox mod to my MES 30" Gen 2 (I know, I know), and it works great! I'll post a pic or two once I get the smoker on the cart that I've ordered and have the setup finalized. Thank for all of the info!
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2015
  5. tjdcorona

    tjdcorona Meat Mopper

    Why buy this? You can get a grate, fill with wood and put in any box - mailbox is best idea though. My concern is with the stack - if the stack isnt tall enough it will not "pull" the smoke out of the smoker and the smoke will sit there and overly smoke the contents. Too tall a stack and the smoke cools and falls back into the smoker, and smoke doesnt escape. 

    has anyone tried it without a stack, and added it? What was the height that you could feel a "pull" of smoke?
  6. I have no stack on my MES gen 2.5 40 and the Mailbox Mod works flawlessly.  I ran it yesterday with no heat, smoking some cheese and it rocks! Today I'm doing a pork butt. Here is a video; 

  7. You saw before how well the ANMPS worked with the mailbox mod in my new MES gen 2.5 40 and this is a look at the pellet smoker after 10 hours running straight.  I left it on after foiling my pork butt because I wanted to do a double load of "Wicked Beans" I think it has a few hours left to go! ;

  8. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice job, when everything comes together with an awesome TBS it just can't be beat!

    Looking good HFT, looking good my friend. Keep up the good work.
  9. Also a new member and I added the AMNPS and the mailbox mod and it really is great.  I smoked some ribs and pork loin and I had TBS for as long as i needed it.  I did not drill any holes in the mailbox, nor did i add the flag on the side.  I figured if i need more air holes i could start with them.  What I found was just sitting the mailbox on 2 half inch pieces of wood and putting magnets over the flag holes on the side of the mailbox worked perfectly for me.  I'm going find/make some sort of cart to keep it all together and make it easy to move around.  This is one of the best mods for the MES 30 I've seen to date.

  10. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sweet - here is my cart. Works great with the Mailbox Mod. I think the cart was like $60.00 or so,,,adjustable shelves, I cut one rack to make the two outside racks,

  11. That is exactly the cart I was thinking of. Where did you find it?
  12. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I got mine from amazon,,,, but I think you can get them at wal mart 

    Yep good set up on this cart for me

  13. captrichc

    captrichc Fire Starter

    Did mine today.

  14. lowcountrygamecock

    lowcountrygamecock Smoke Blower

    Mailbox mod is awesome. Tried mine for the first time Thursday cold smoking some bacon and it worked great. Had to tweak it and experiment with covering and uncovering holes to get the right amount of smoke. I smoked four Boston butts today though and had some issues. It burned perfect all the way down one side but fizzled out when it turned the corner. I had the tray full and it burned great until that point. Any ideas?
  15. captrichc

    captrichc Fire Starter

    That stinks. I have not used mine just yet. Only a trial run just with a little bit of pellet to make sure everything was good. Hope it runs good tomorrow. Ill be smoking some chicken quarters. Looking for a 4 to 5 hr smoke. Thinking of filling only half the tray. Any thoughts on that.
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have to overfill the corners to get it to complete the turn... AND I dry my pellets before use... Doing that, solves all the problems....
  17. captrichc

    captrichc Fire Starter

    Hpw do you dry the pellets?
  18. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Most guys nuke them,some dry in the smoker while preheating.I nuke mine on a paper plate 45 sec stir them and do it again


    Dave hope you don't mind me answering
  19. captrichc

    captrichc Fire Starter

    good to know. i will try that next time. i just put 13 chicken quarters into the smoker at 235. smoking for 4 hrs or till 165. then ill check the skin. maybe put it under the broiler to crisp a little bit. using hickory and cherry pellets. filled the first row to the turn on the AMPS tray. didnt have a problem getting the pellets to cheery this morning. so im happy so far. thanks for the quick reply. ill figure out where to postpicture of the finished product. im assuming we dont want to clutter this thread.

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