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Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Heating Element Upgrade How To

This is a step by step install or upgrade to the older MES 800 watt heating element to the new MES 1200 watt heating element. With little modification I was able to accomplish this. I am hoping this will fix the heat recovery time on the MES when the door is opened. Before doing this MOD i would suggest doing a wire upgrade. Masterbuilt is still using the 16 gauge wire on all there MES's so apparently there not to concerned with the old wiring problems they where having. The new 1200 watt heating element kit includes 2 replacement wire with connectors. It is very... read more

Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse Wiring Upgrade

Here is some links to on-line suppliers for high temp wire in 3 individual 5 foot cut lenght. The 12 AWG wire can be hard to find locally sometime. http://www.a-1catalog.com/12guagranwir.html http://www.appliancepartspros.com/Appliance-Parts/M-L-Appliance-wire-item-number-AP3440743.aspx  or by the foot http://www.electronicplus.com/content/ProductPage.asp?maincat=wr&subcat=whi      pic of the side by side comparison of the factory 16 gauge high temp wire and the 12 gauge high temp wire. Notice the strand count on the different gauges.There is a big... read more

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