Originally Posted by FloridaSteve
I am so embarrassed! I took all the racks out of my smoker this evening to clean it for my next smoke. As I took rack #3 out --- there is was. The toggle shaped sensor that Bear told me was there. If only I'd had moved that grate even an inch, I'd have seen it. My apologies to Bear and the rest of the readers.
No problem Steve!!
You just had me going until Mummel posted the inside of his Gen #2.5. Then I saw how they changed position of the sensors, and I knew where to look closer at yours & I saw where your little Toggle looking sensor was. No Biggy.
Originally Posted by daRicksta
I've been told the hi temp limit switch is designed to shut down the heating element (or controller--one and the same?) when interior temp hits between 325-350°. So even if the blocked temp sensor kept calling for heat the limit switch would shut it all down--theoretically.
I can't visualize, though, how the rack above the temp sensor but below the hi temp switch could be blocked. Without seeing the inside of my MES I can't picture where the sensors are in relation to the racks. I will be able to see it tomorrow and perhaps get the idea.
If the sensors were in the wrong position, this could happen. Below is a notation I made on my Chicken Thighs Step by Step that shows how the heat can be blocked from getting to another part of the smoker. If this blockage would have been below the Temp Sensor, but above the Safety Sensor, it could have gotten hot enough to shut down, because the Temp Sensor would have kept calling for the heat that couldn't get above the blockage:
** I noticed during the smoke, my Maverick above the Thighs (left side) was averaging 160* to 210*, and the Maverick below the Thighs (right side) averaged 240*, then 260*, and then 290*. At first I thought it was either the upper probe being close to the cold meat, or the 2 Foil Pans on one rack was trapping the heat below them. Once the thighs got hot, I realized it was definitely the Pans trapping the heat. They take up nearly the whole depth & width of the Smoker. Normally the thighs would have been done by 5 PM, but they were only at about 142* IT at that time. When I removed the Taters, I moved one of the Foil Pans to the top position. This changed both of the Mavericks to the 270* to 285* range. The Thighs were all between 165* and 172* at 5:50 PM, and I removed them. They were still Awesome!!!