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post #21 of 27
Sorry this happened to ya ! Glad all is ok !
post #22 of 27

You did a great service by sharing an experience that many would just like to forget.

 

I can see more than a couple of lessons in this thread.

 

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Good luck and good smoking.

post #23 of 27

I can't help, but thanks for the input.  I'll put them on my sh|t list........

 

 

Rick

post #24 of 27

    I am currently dealing with a MES 30 1st gen that was puffing fire from the heating element. I would like to know what resolution masterbuilt did for the one that caught on fire in this thread. Does anyone have any update on this one? I also was just informed of another one by a person that worked at Walmart and dealt with one last year. Has anyone turned one of these in to the BBB or U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for report. This is a serious issue that they seem to be ignoring.  

post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Stayhot View Post
 

My year old MES 30 started on fire last weekend and is completely ruined. It got so hot that it melted the controller, door gaskets and fried the insulation inside of the door. I'm not sure what actually caused the fire but I usually leave the smoker on the edge of the garage slab inside the garage, never again because if I didn't notice this I could have burnt the house down.  Don't know if I want another MES after this incident or a different brand. Any thoughts, comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Seeing this makes me say "Whoa!"  I have one of these.  I think I'll start putting it on the paved drive to use rather than the back deck next to the house.  Scary.

Having said that...

I cannot imagine what would have burned like that.  The interior is all metal.  Unless the wood chips started burning which started a grease fire...or caught up what was being smoked, how can something made of essentially non-combustible material burn like that?  With a short, it seems it would have just stopped working.  If the thermostat hung up on high, seems the heating element would have burned out. I suppose THAT could have caused the sausage to start burning if it got hot enough.  

 

Did you catch it while it was flaming?

 

Looks like a mystery and I too would like to know what ultimately was determined as to cause and how this was eventually handled?

post #26 of 27

This is a pretty old thread. I think he is still a member but not sure if he will respond. I suspect a grease fire possibly caused by running it with the chip tray removed. Not a good idea since the chip tray helps shield the element from grease. Anytime you start doing mods or using something in a manner not intended by the designer you increase your risk.

post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
 

This is a pretty old thread. I think he is still a member but not sure if he will respond. I suspect a grease fire possibly caused by running it with the chip tray removed. Not a good idea since the chip tray helps shield the element from grease. Anytime you start doing mods or using something in a manner not intended by the designer you increase your risk.


 

Yeah I noticed the thread was a year or so old but it popped up on my feed and since I just got one of these wondered if there was any resolution. 

As I said, I can't imagine the unit itself burned as there are no combustible materials (duh) in the construction.   Even though I'm a rank amateur to smoking, common sense tells me any fire that caused so much damage HAD to originate in the contents.  That's why I asked.  Couldn't see how this was simply a defect or fault of the smoker itself, which you confirm.  Thanks.

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