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Masterbuilt 20070910 Heating Element Q.

post #1 of 6
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I just ordered this particular model because I read it was designed so the element could be replaced without having to purchase more than the element.  I assume that is true because I read it on the Internet! 

 

Question is, is that true?  And how frequently am I likely to need to replace it?  How much $, roughly? 

 

I'm so new, I don't even have the smoker yet.  I'm a readin' and larnin, I hope. icon14.gif

post #2 of 6

Yup that's all true. I've got the same model and specifically purchased that one because of the ability to change the element easier if it was required.

 

When you get the smoker look on the back of it and you should see a little access panel towards the bottom fastened on with a few  black screws. That's the panel you remove to replace the element. There's a couple other screws and a bolt to remove but overall it doesn't look very complex. 

 

This here is the element replacement kit: http://www.appliancefactoryparts.com/search/part/1057565/146218

 

Personally, I'd call up Masterbuilt and order directly from them so you can be absolutely sure you're getting the correct kit for your smoker. 

 

In terms of how frequent you'll have to replace it - it's hard to say. I think from what I've read around here most get at least a couple years of regular use before it requires replacement. 

 

Hope this helps :)

post #3 of 6
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That's a very big help.  I have a document going where I'll save your reply so the info will be there if and when the time comes.

post #4 of 6

For electrical heating elements, you can significantly increase the life by slightly reduce the voltage.

 

For instance, with light bulbs, which is identical to heating elements in the way they work, a 5% reduction in voltage will result in doubling the service life. That's why in areas where replacing light bulbs can be a problem, they use bulbs rated at 130 volts.

 

You can get voltage regulators on ebay cheap. Just make sure the wattage is high enough for your heating element.

 

dcarch

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Dcarch.  That is interesting.  I have some of those light bulbs.
 

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Originally Posted by cekkk View Post

Dcarch.  That is interesting.  I have some of those light bulbs.
 

Interesting that many of those bulbs have screw base that's counter clockwise.

 

That's to prevent employees from stealing them for their home use.

 

dcarch

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