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post #1 of 15
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Hi all, I'm from CT and I will accept your scorn as I tell you I use a Masterbuilt electric smoker. I know I know. My dad always cooked on charcoal so I have nothing against it and have grilled on charcoal many times. But at least to start I like the ease and consistency of electric.
post #2 of 15
Welcome to the forum.

By the way. Many great cooks here have MES smokers. Nothing wrong with using one.

Check out Bearcarver. A awesome cook that has step by step cooks all on a MES.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Truth be told. I have been using mine for a couple years now. It's been working great until about a month ago when the temp started going screwy. Won't shut off. Seems like it's not that uncommon a problem and and external controller might fix it. That would be a cheaper option than buying a whole new unit.
post #4 of 15
Make sure your temp probe on the back is clean.
post #5 of 15

:welcome1: to SMF!

 

Glad to have you with us!

 

Al

post #6 of 15

welcome to the forum

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by afiggis View Post

Truth be told. I have been using mine for a couple years now. It's been working great until about a month ago when the temp started going screwy. Won't shut off. Seems like it's not that uncommon a problem and and external controller might fix it. That would be a cheaper option than buying a whole new unit.


Welcome afiggis!!  :welcome1:

 

Like mentioned above, the first thing I would do is clean the little heat sensor real good. It looks like a little toggle switch, and is located on the interior back wall of the MES. If that gets all black & covered it could effect it's accuracy.

If that doesn't help, you could see if you can get a new MES control to replace your old one, or like you said maybe an external controller would be another option.

 

Once you get it squared away, here is a whole bunch of things that are really easy to do with an MES:

 
Just click on "Bear's Step by Steps".
 

 

Bear

post #8 of 15

Welcome to this great site.

 

                     Ed

post #9 of 15
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Cleaning didn't help😕.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by afiggis View Post

Cleaning didn't help😕.


Then I would call Masterbuilt & tell them everything it does wrong.

It sounds to me like it's the controller, so maybe since it's a couple years old they'll sell you a new controller---Cheap.

Have your model number ready---It's on the plate on the back of the smoker.

 

 

Bear

post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
It's worth a shot. Thanks
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
I turned the unit off and went to go have dinner. I came out after to put the unit away and found that the unit hadn't in fact turned off. It was reading over 300 degrees! It wasn't until I unplugged it that it finally shut off. I'm thinking it's not fixable.
post #13 of 15

Take Bear's advice and call those folks.

Like he said it's almost certainly the controller.

Everything is repairable.

 

         Ed

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by afiggis View Post

I turned the unit off and went to go have dinner. I came out after to put the unit away and found that the unit hadn't in fact turned off. It was reading over 300 degrees! It wasn't until I unplugged it that it finally shut off. I'm thinking it's not fixable.


Yup---Must be the controller.

I've seen them come on as soon as they are plugged in, instead of waiting to be turned on & timer set--->> Also Controller.

 

 

Bear

post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ordered a controller. Found out it's on back order. They don't know WHEN it's going to be in stock. Oh goody.
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