First time smoking, first time MES owner. I love it. So I'll try to make this explanation as short as possible. I was going to buy a new MES Gen 2.5 smoker per all of your suggestions, but I came across a Gen 1 on craigslist. The gentleman, who I do believe, said he used it twice, and then got a deal on a commercial smoker. I picked up the MESGen1 on Saturday morning, came home, smoked chicken wings, and it worked perfect. The model number is 20070311.
It came with a cover, so I covered it Saturday, and it rained Saturday night. I let it dry out Sunday, and was going to smoke overnight Sunday. Well I turned the unit on, and it gave 10 quick beeps and flashes and turned off. Tried it again, it would turn on for about 10 seconds, then beep 10 times and turn off. At this point I brought the unit in my basement to completely dry out.
I called MES and ordered a new control unit thinking it had moisture in the control and it had shorted. I got the new control this morning, plugged it in, and right away the same 10 beeps and flashes. I unplugged for 10 seconds, re plugged it in, and got it to turn on, light up, set temp, set time, heat for 5 min, then turn off.
Now when I'm testing it, the unit will turn on for say a half hour, jump up and down with temp, and then turn off. I'll test it again, it'll run, reach temp for an hour, then turn off.
Is it possible that the NEW control unit I received is faulty, or is there something deeper inside that is shorting out?
I am more than happy to provide more info if I can, hell even feel free to call me to walk me through some pointers. But I'm real excited to get going on smoking, only to have this fail.
Let me know what you think, I appreciate your help.