I have a Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3. Works great, I've smoked lots of things, all with very good results. I left my smoker uncovered, and it rained. The pellets dissolved and dried, and it's like cement around the auger. It is frozen in place, and the only solution I can think of is to dismantle it, which means I probably don't get it back together. I've cleaned out everything I can reach, but there's probably 4-5 inches of auger I can't get to. I've tried shooting water in there, but it only got a little out. Any ideas? Serves me right, but a smoker is a terrible thing to waste. Thanks for any ideas you might have.
Help! I may have ruined my smoker
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Steve and Buzzard, thanks for replying. I guess you're right, just keeping it saturated until it dissolves is the best idea. I believe the electronics are ok, it is definitely trying to turn the auger. But the auger is so frozen, it sheared the bolt holding the motor to the auger right in two. I'll just protect the electronics with plastic as best I can, and try to let the water do its work.
I should say also, I am very happy with this smoker. I've done lots of ribs, wings, and pork butt. Also whole spatchcocked chicken, salmon, and homemade bacon. If I weren't happy with the smoker, I'd just put it out for the scrapper and get another one, instead of trying to save this one. YMMV, but this one has worked great for me. Of course, I worked for Sears, and got a floor model for half price. Hard to beat for $260!
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The auger on my pellet stove has a slip clutch... it will reset once the blockage is cleared...
Have you tried a deep bristle brush like they sell to wash the stuffer tubes with?
Like these sorta, http://www.capitalcityrestaurantsupply.com/prodDetail.cfm/2553249
Mine are about 2 ft long. Don't know what you need but might help also clean after ya get the rocks out
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Once you get it cleared out and back together, there is still a question that needs to be answered. Why did they get wet? Is the hopper not sealed well? My grill and most other pellet grills I've seen have well covered/sealed hoppers and can handle getting rained on. You should try to figure out the root cause or it is bound to happen again. Good luck.
Just learn approx. how many pellets it uses and hour, and just a little extra and always ways let it burn itself out before putting it away? Find a can about the right size and use it to load the hopper.
Sometimes its the simplest ideas that fly right by me...I've been filling my hopper to the top (just because) and always thought what a pain it would be to switch out pellets. Certainly would minimize the collateral damage if something was to go wrong.
thanks for this tip Kevin
Foamheart, I've thought about that, but it seems like a pain reloading every time. Or it used to. I figured I would just go with the same pellets every time. Now I may have to rethink that. Also, it was silly in retrospect, but I didn't think about pellets dissolving, I kind of thought if they did get wet, they'd just dry out like regular wood. Duh....