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Broken Masterbuilt 40" smoker

post #1 of 14
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Back during the 4th of July I did a successful cook on my MBES.  The next day I went to heat it up and it won't heat.On the back of the smoker on the bottom left hand side, I noticed a compartment that I sould unscrew the plate off and look in and found that the wires there were burnt in to.  Can someone tell me what I need to do to repair this smoker or should I just buy a new one?

post #2 of 14

First of all, how old is it? Masterbuilt might be willing to help out if you give them a call. 


You can repair it with new ends.


I did a quick search of the forum for MES wiring - see if any of these help. 










post #3 of 14

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post #6 of 14

Hi,  call MasterBuilt and tell them about it.  The customer service is usually pretty good.


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post #7 of 14

Hello and welcome!  Sorry your having trouble with that MES...like the others already said, MB's customer service is usually pretty good, so you can probably get your problem solved by calling them.


Good luck!



post #8 of 14

Mine did the same thing about 6 weeks ago,  burnt wires and all.  I called MES and they sent me a new heating element, I have not repaired it yet but I am not sure how to get the back off so I can  replace the burnt wires.  I am hoping that is all that is wrong.  Just in case this fix does not work I have already bought a new electric smoker that is supposed to be much better than the MES and it only has two parts that may need to be replaced and they both take about 15-20 minutes to fix and both parts are less than $25 each.

post #9 of 14

I have a MES too, so I'm interested in hearing how this turns out. Hey Tommy P, what was the other electric smoker you bought?  Interested in hearing about it also if you wouldn't mind sharing with us.

post #10 of 14

My replacement smoker was  a Pro Series 1400 with the optional stand.  I got it from SmokinTex in Plano, Tx .  To see the web site go to SmokinTex.  I  don,t remember what I paid but the price that you see on the website is what I paid. One of the selling points is that they sell a lot of smokers to Alaska--as they will still cook at temperatures below 0.


(Tommy....sorry but I had to edit your post here....off site links are not allowed per TulsaJeff...the owner of the site..and I told you that in Roll Call today....just an FYI.  Kat)

post #11 of 14



Thank you I wont make that mistake again.

post #12 of 14
Originally Posted by Tommy P View Post



Thank you I wont make that mistake again.

No probs! You are okay!



post #13 of 14

Just a word about the high temperature wire connectors. Only use the high temp wire and connectors The THHN wire used by the factory will not hold up to, long  hot  temp while cooking. The connector will also fail ( don't use the plastic and steel connector) as a electrician I suggest you use the instructions for the MES wiring up date. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/89886/mes-wiring-upgrade-mod Pay attention to wire types and size. Texacajen did a good job. Jim

Edited by jted - 8/14/13 at 2:12pm
post #14 of 14

try appliance factory parts , they will have replacement wires and parts

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