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MES 2nd gen 40" smoker

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Has anyone had any problems with their circuit breakers popping when using the masterbuilt 2nd gen smoker 40"?

I have tried it in 2-3 different outlets but it always seems to pop the breaker.

post #2 of 13

Mine runs on a 15 amp circuit, with a bunch of other stuff. I'd say you have problems, better get it looked at before it catches a fire.

post #3 of 13

That should not happen. The Heating Coil may have shorted out. Mine is tripping the GFI, have not found the problem yet...JJ

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys...this gives me a place to start at.

post #5 of 13

This is interesting, mine has done the same thing once if not twice a few months ago.  I used it this past weekend to do brisket and it was fine the whole time (breaker wise) however, it was very hard to maintain or even GET to 220 degrees, I had my smoker at max 275.  So its off approx. 55-60 degrees.

 

 

Any ideas??

post #6 of 13
Mine was tripping gfi plugs to
Why is that
post #7 of 13

Check out the topic

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/162042/mes40-gfci-tripping

 

I think if you run it from a non-GFCI outlet for 10-15 minutes it will drive off the moisture absorbed by the heating element, and then you will be good to go in your GFCI outlet. After that, run it every week for a 10-15 minutes to keep the element dry.

 

Mike

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by ForageFish View Post
 

Check out the topic

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/162042/mes40-gfci-tripping

 

I think if you run it from a non-GFCI outlet for 10-15 minutes it will drive off the moisture absorbed by the heating element, and then you will be good to go in your GFCI outlet. After that, run it every week for a 10-15 minutes to keep the element dry.

 

Mike


Or better yet......ditch that MES and get a better smoker.  You can read 100's of thread detailing this issue.  Mine did the same and after that I vowed NEVER AGAIN.  A properly built smoker should last many many years.  I switched to a smoking-It and will never look back!!!

 

post #9 of 13

I know this is an older post, but thank you all very much.

This is EXACTLY what has been happening with mine.

I haven't had the opportunity to Smoke as much as I did when I 1st got the MES-40, but the last 2 times I had these issues with the GFCI Circuit breaking and it really put a damper on things.

 

Thanks to you all, I plugged into a direct line and was able to " Dry out " the heating element before plugging back into the electric plug I use (Convenience)..and it worked like a charm!!   BACK IN BUSINESS!!!!

 

The unit sits covered outside on the back porch and used (because of my job) only a few times in about a 60 day time frame.

SO.....the answer is to add a direct electric line to where the unit sits and eliminate the GFCI outlet altogether!

 

Again, Thank you all!

 

 

Now.......back to the pork loin, jalapenos, Kilbasa and Hot banana peppers!!!!!!

post #10 of 13

Good work!

 

Be careful if you chose to run w/o GFCI, I've heard of MES units failing with the enclosure getting hot (electrically).

 

When I had my MES apart trying to figure out this problem, I noticed that the spade lugs on the heating element and the slide-on connectors were very corroded. Once connections start to corrode, they get hotter, and tend to corrode faster and worse.  I replaced the slide-ons, sand-papered the spades lugs, and gooped it with dielectric grease. This was about 12hrs of smoking ago, and it still looks OK.

 

Mike

post #11 of 13
Our barn builder blew the fuses that's why my smoker was not working I have just got around to smoking a few things
Ribs
Redfish flounder
Chicken medallions
This week it's spare rib time can't wait
post #12 of 13
How many amps does the mes 40 use
post #13 of 13

For the 1200 watt units, ten amps.  The back panel on the MES will let you know your wattage.

Ohms Law:

Watts divided by Volts equals Amps

1200W / 120V = 10A

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