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During the last week many people have had this problem. I suspect they are like me who covers and stores it out side in the elements. I of course don't know that but it is a good bet. Here in Central Virginia we have had a lot of rain. Nearly 3 inches over the average in June 2.7 to be exact and in July the first week we had about 3 "  Exact data was not available but about 12 miles away they had over 3. Our average for July is about 4.5  My smoker has a very good cover and the cord is in conduit fittings.

 

It does not leak. That I would bet on. The heater element is like a sponge. It will attract moisture from the air. Well how did it get humid air get  in it you ask? Well my only explanation is perhaps through the vents.  Heck I don't know.

What I do know is the GFCI and dedicated circuit is new this past spring . Nothing else is hooked up to it and it is a 20 amp circuit.

 

  The last time I used it it ran for about 16 hours so I did not think anything bad was wrong. I tried 2 times and it tripped both times. Before I go get a meter II tried the old GFCI receptacle hooked up to a bathroom. It tripped it also. How about one more try on the first GFCI. It may not be a good idea to keep trying the GFCI but if it goes bad so be it. It held and ran at 242 for the next 6.5 hours.

Had It not held I would have connected it to a regular receptacle.  

 

At the end of the day the ribs were good

 

 

 

Just food for thought so to speak. When I put the clean racks back in I will make the vents air tight.    Jted

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Whats the brand of the smoker? How old is it? I know on my pellet cooker, if the hot rod is dying it will trip the GFCI every time until you either unplug it or replace it. I would try hooking up a vacuum to it because you know the vacuum drawn a lot more than the cooker does. If it trips, you know it's not the cooker but the hookup itself.

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During the last week many people have had this problem. I suspect they are like me who covers and stores it out side in the elements. I of course don't know that but it is a good bet. Here in Central Virginia we have had a lot of rain. Nearly 3 inches over the average in June 2.7 to be exact and in July the first week we had about 3 "  Exact data was not available but about 12 miles away they had over 3. Our average for July is about 4.5  My smoker has a very good cover and the cord is in conduit fittings.

 

It does not leak. That I would bet on. The heater element is like a sponge. It will attract moisture from the air. Well how did it get humid air get  in it you ask? Well my only explanation is perhaps through the vents.  Heck I don't know.

What I do know is the GFCI and dedicated circuit is new this past spring . Nothing else is hooked up to it and it is a 20 amp circuit.

 

  The last time I used it it ran for about 16 hours so I did not think anything bad was wrong. I tried 2 times and it tripped both times. Before I go get a meter II tried the old GFCI receptacle hooked up to a bathroom. It tripped it also. How about one more try on the first GFCI. It may not be a good idea to keep trying the GFCI but if it goes bad so be it. It held and ran at 242 for the next 6.5 hours.

Had It not held I would have connected it to a regular receptacle.  

 

At the end of the day the ribs were good

 

 

 

Just food for thought so to speak. When I put the clean racks back in I will make the vents air tight.    Jted


Your ribs have the look I try to achieve. When you can pull that off in the face of the electrical difficulties you faced and overcame, that shows you are one fine smoker, Jted.

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Whats the brand of the smoker? How old is it? I know on my pellet cooker, if the hot rod is dying it will trip the GFCI every time until you either unplug it or replace it. I would try hooking up a vacuum to it because you know the vacuum drawn a lot more than the cooker does. If it trips, you know it's not the cooker but the hookup itself.


 



Hi Big Train Thanks for the idea. My smoker is a 2 year old MES 30 2070910 Probably most sold but not the most popular. I like running the vacuum idea to pull higher amps than the Smoker. That is a easy check on the GFCI it's self. Jted
Edited by jted - 7/15/15 at 8:53am
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