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Broken MES Wires Missing Plugs

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Long story short live in AZ and had a nasty monsoon season. We were gone on a motor home trip for 3 months. Came back home and this is what I found.

It was covered but the cover was in the yard and the plugs are nowhere to be found.

Anyone know where I can find these kind of plugs or some kind of replacement?

Unit is a 40" glass door bought about 3-5 years ago.

Thanks

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 16

Try calling Masterbuilt, their service dept is great.

Richie

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Knew if forgot  to add something.

Called Masterbuilt and they told me they couldn't help as I would have to buy the whole body, whatever that means. They couldn't/wouldn't sell me just the plugs.

post #4 of 16

My thought would be that they could at least tell you what type of plug it is. But to be honest, I'd probably strip the jackets off of the wires and simply hard wire the matching colors if possible. Otherwise, you could always wire up a PID controller for less than $50 to control the element.

post #5 of 16
Has your neighbor ever complained about you smoking up the neighborhood...

Look in McMaster-Carr or Grainger for a plug that matches.... or get new plugs.. male and female to replace those with... the one 2 wire plug, will need to be thermocouple compatible... they are all low voltage plugs... there are relays in the bottom of the smoker body...
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

What is "thermocouple compatible"?

Ya think someplace like Radio Shack or...?

 

dave

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by dave from mesa View Post
 

What is "thermocouple compatible"?

Ya think someplace like Radio Shack or...?

 

dave

It is worth a try.

Happy smoken.

David

post #8 of 16

Dave try taking this part to radio shack or any computer store they may have it.

 

Richie

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by dave from mesa View Post

What is "thermocouple compatible"?
Ya think someplace like Radio Shack or...?

dave


Thermocouples use wire resistance to measure temperature... and usually, any connectors need to match the resistance of the wires used for the measurements...
post #10 of 16

Just an FYI, I got a message from Darryl the other day, he has been 'repositioned' and is now located in China at the plant.

 

Soooooo........ The way it sounded I am thinking he may not be cruising the boards much. If you want to gather his attention, send him a /PM thats how I got my message to him.

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks Foamheart. Saw you post that on Darryl's thread. Am going to pm him.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by rgautheir20420 View Post
 

 But to be honest, I'd probably strip the jackets off of the wires and simply hard wire the matching colors if possible. Otherwise, you could always wire up a PID controller for less than $50 to control the element.

I did a PID and it eliminates the controller. Something to consider and it makes your MES even more set it and forget it!

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

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Originally Posted by azbohunter View Post
 

I did a PID and it eliminates the controller. Something to consider and it makes your MES even more set it and forget it!

Don't know how I missed the post from rgautheir20420

So what is a PID?

 

thanks

post #14 of 16

 

Do a search using the search bar at the top Dave and you will find many threads explaining PID use with electric smokers. I used this. There is a lot of stuff available on the internet and you will find many options when you do your search.

In simple terms it replaces the controller on the MES and instead of having a on/off cycle that may allow your temp to swing (20 to 30*) when cycling. It will keep it within 2 or 3 degrees.

post #15 of 16

There are a number of ways you can go if you wanted to set up a PID controller for the smoker. Auber is a more expensive (some say reliable) brand to go with, but you can just as well make by some equipment from Amazon cheaper PID controllers and get it done around $50. Here are a few links to the equipment you'd need along with a small project box from Radio Shack. as AZ has said though you should read up a bit on there function and uses.

 

PID, SSR, and Heat Sink:

 

http://www.amazon.com/IMAGE%C2%AE-SSR-25DA-Auto-tuning-Temperature-Controller/dp/B0087O6S2A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1413214972&sr=8-2&keywords=pid+controller

 

Thermocouple:

http://www.amazon.com/8-8ft-Thermocouple-Temperature-Control-Sensor/dp/B00843IKWK/ref=pd_sim_indust_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1X4BBGCB5Z90PNQJYQ0T

post #16 of 16

Dave,

I just ran across this on another site. Pretty informative..........http://smokintalk.com/controllers/electronic-controller/

The PID used in this example has two probes smoker temp/food temp. I use only one probe which controls smoker temp and time (in steps if programmed to do so) and a Maverick 732 for watching my internal temp of food.

Dick


Edited by azbohunter - 10/13/14 at 12:39pm
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