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MES 30 contact corroded - need to replace

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Dear Gang:

So I am smoking a steak the other night [using Scarbelly's coffee-cocoa rub] and I notice that my IT is not rising. MES 30 controller looks fine, but no heat!!!
Luckily I saw it in time and managed to finish the steak in the oven.

I removed the back and one contact was completely corroded/fried. See photo.

Any suggestions on the best way to replace this? I am assuming I can find a brass crimp-on contact and then I can wrap it with heat resistant tape. Or I could solder it directly...


Your collective thoughts are appreciated. Otherwise I love my MES 30. It is three years old and I live in a very cold climate, so it works extra hard in winter.

post #2 of 5

Check the MES Group site there was some info on that.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/groups/show/8/masterbuilt-electric-smoker-mes-owners

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you Tropics, here is that thread - it was a bit tricky to find:
http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/162596/failed-electrical-connection-at-heating-element-any-opinions-on-cause-and-or-use-of-dielectric-grease-to-avoid-future-failure

The consensus seems to be that any looseness will lead to corrosion, but also corrosion may be a fact of life in colder climates.

I will take the advice and probably crimp AND solder the connection.

I don't know if I linked the thread correctly...
post #4 of 5
Sand the lead to the element, or wire brush to clean off the oxidation... Put new non insulated spade lug on wire... slide the lug on the element lug... I added some no-corrode paste... NO-OX conductive paste.... I used a side cutter to crimp the lugs, TIGHT... has been working to 3 years now... soldering would be better...
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thank you Dave!
When I do the repair I'll post photos.
Happy holidays!
Adam
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