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If it tripped the breaker it's probably more than just corroded wires although that is a possibility along with loose connections.
My guess is one of the heating element wires burned off at the connection and shorted to the frame.
It's definitely worth looking into if you had no other major issues prior to this problem.
Hi, a lot of MES30 owners have had your problem. Some replace the corroded wire connectors some opt to do a entire wiring upgrade. You should follow Dave's instructions and look for noticeably burnt wiring. The odds are it is going to be a fairly quick 15.00 dollar fix even if you have to buy the tools to do it.
Sometime back a Poster named Texacajun posted a great set of pictures during his wiring upgrade. I am not advocating the upgrade but look at his pictures.
You will see pictures of the connectors and some other views to help you identify your problem. Often one of the wires just burn off the connector and shorts out the smoker causing the circuit to trip. That is what the other posters are pointing to.
This has been a common problem for some time since the manufacture used a sub par connector. Normally a high heat nickel steel appliance type connector is used as a replacement. It will not be available at a big box stores (Lowe's or Home Depot) You will need to go to a appliance repair shop or a good hardware store. I found mine a a large ACE hardware. They were .50 cents each and look like the ones in Texacajuns pictures. Don't throw away or give up on your smoker till you check it out.
Report back and you will get the help you need to fix it better than new.
L.J. Try to get electrical Solder it is pre-fluxed a small el cheapo solder gun from Harbor Freight
If you have to get plumbing solder,you will need flux also.
Check HF they may have the soldering kit, solder,soldering iron. No need to break the bank for something you may never need again. Google how to solder a wire.