MES40 Fail - Have a backup plan

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by hoity toit, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I had a big smoke planned to do today, a couple of chickens followed by a tri Tip.

    Went to go turn the MES 40 on to warm it up and came back an hour later and it is cold. Lights and everything work ok.  I had this same problem with my MES 30 last year. The wire on one of the heat element terminals burned off.  It was an easy fix since I am an electrician and have hi heat nickel terminal kit on the truck, but my point here is to always have a backup plan. I had my 30 to fall back on and am doing the tri tip in the oven. I think it would be a good idea every winter to take the time to pull the inspection plate off the back of a electric smoker and look for signs of deterioration on the connections to the heat element. Both of my MES smokers had the same issue, and it is pretty normal that sooner or later it is gonna fail considering how much use the unit gets. Expansion from heat, then contraction when it cools eventually loosens the connection that then only gets worse till it fails completely. It takes 15 min or less to repair. What if It had failed on a overnight smoke? That would have spelled disaster. Have a backup plan and do your yearly maintenance just like you would on a lawn mower, car, etc..A full working smoker is a happy smoker....

    This is just my observation and solution.

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  2. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    Good advice!
  3. meatpacker

    meatpacker Fire Starter

    Where do you buy a high heat terminal and do you have any item information?  Is this a solder connection or a screw connection?  If solder what kind is used?
  4. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    any appliance place should have them I got mine at Johnstone Supply, it was a entire kit and they are crimp on terminals.
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now a question, do those dual thermometer remote sensing elements have the ability to set a low temp alarm also?

    You know, like if the cooking chamber drops below say 200 degrees? That would be damn helpful with electric failures as well as when the old fire belcher needs tending.

    That sounds to me like a smart invention. Sure use it to monitor the chamber temp while youre up and then switch to the low alarm at bed time. My goodness that would be too simple to design and they could charge 10 or 20 bucks more per unit.
  6. walta

    walta Smoke Blower

    Foamheart I am not sure what “dual thermometer“you are asking about.

    Most of the PID controllers have an alarm relay that you can set upper and lower limits so a buzzer would sound if the smoker were over 300° or under 125° It is not necessary for the PID to control anything to use the alarm function.

  7. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    HT Thanks, I myself have a 30 and just about a yr old,,, I guess I better take of the back and see what it looks like,,, 

    Always have a backup plan,,, I love my fridge smoker also. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

  8. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    yep, a little maintenance can save the day

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