Well, here I go on a complete re-wiring project for an MES40 that the leads to the heating element burned up. Thanks to TromaRon (who graciously parted with the used smoker for free). I'm hoping to include a bunch of step-by-step pics to help anyone else looking to do the same thing for theirs. I'm also going to provide pics (and links, if they're allowed) to the various parts that I used so you can get a full shopping list before starting. I've done lots of research on this, and I'm doing this with a buddy who's an electrical engineer (I'm a mechanical engineer, so the electricity part is all magic to me) who's going to help me with the actual wiring to make sure it's hooked up correctly. Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong are of course appreciated...so that I don't electrocute myself in the process. Without further ado:
Here is a pic of all my parts (except the solid state relay (SSR) and heat sink, which hadn't arrived when I took these pics):
I ordered 25' of 12-gauge high-temperature wire ($24):
High temperature female tabs to attach wires to heating element ($11):
I also added a PID controller that came with a thermocouple/thermometer ($23):
I'm going to be using an on/off switch ($2):
I'm going to put these components into a project box that has flanges so that I can secure it onto the top of the smoker where the original controller was located - and feed the wires through the original hole. Project box ($8):
First step is to open up the back of the smoker to get access to all the components there. To be continued shortly...