Arrrgh! My MES 40 burst aflame...

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by wbrian, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    So yesterday I was making ribs. At the 2-1/2 hour mark I went out to foil them. My A MAZ N was out so I was relighting it. While doing so (outside the smoker!), I heard an electrical buzz and the flame appeared in the back left bottom corner of the smoker! Glad I was there when it happened, as I saved the ribs from the burning rubber smell. I immediately Unplugged it and closed all the vents, etc to choke out the fire. Any ideas what might have caused this? Could it be fixable?
    I miss my smoker already!!!

  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Personally I would call Masterbuilt's 800  number and talk to tech support. Very first thing.

    They are pretty good at what they do. Try 'em first.
  3. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Regardless as to what caused the problem this is a safety issue that Masterbuilt should be made aware of immediately.

    Foamheart and I are on the same page with this one!

    Good luck,  John
  4. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Will do. I'll call them today and post back what I hear...
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you have anything in the smoker that blocked the heat from rising and out the exhaust vent... like a foil pan that covered the full rack, or a glazing tile to move heat, or a pan of lit briquettes to add smoke for a smoke ring in the bottom of the smoker....

    All of the above will concentrate heat in the bottom of the smoker.... In the lower left bottom, there is an assortment of electronic controls to operate the smoker functions..... They have just been fried.....
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015
  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And here's another one. Hope people take notice, I see a lot of people leaving these things for hours and hours in garages and on porches. This is the 4th or 5th fireball MES I've seen.
  7. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Are you referring to leaving a running MES unattended for hours and hours?
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is why a Smart Bear will never do an all nighter & sleep with his smoker on the front porch!!

    No Way !!!

    I've said this a number of times, since I heard of an MES door flaming up.

    It Aint Worth Losing Your House!!!

  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I personally haven't read many stories about a MES flaming up but I wonder how common an occurrence it is not only with the MES but with any electric smoker--especially those made in China? Just wondering.
  10. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    First, what generation is your MES 40?

    Second, it's not like the the AMNPS (if that's what you have) to go out after only 2 1/2 hours especially if you had filled the rows. Something's going on with your smoker as the fire attested to.

    Did you call MB customer service yet?
  11. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yep. I use mine in my garage and always smoke on days that I am home (and awake). 
  12. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    This should be a wakeup call to anyone who uses their smoker close to combustible material. As a somewhat newbie (2nd year) and brand new to electric smokers I'm guilty of this myself, I do use my smoker in the garage. I haven't yet left it unattended for more than an hour due to the fact that I need to add chips every hour and now I never will. Good luck with your outcome.    
  13. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The primary reason why I never use my smoker in my garage is that I don't want everything inside my garage smelling like wood smoke, including our vehicles. I don't smoke as much as many other guys here because I wait for the good, warmer weather to come around. Since smoking can be an all-day exercise, why not do it on a nice day?

    And there's the thing that if my MES 30 burst into flames it's outside and shouldn't set anything else on fire.
  14. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Hi All!
    Haven't been in touch with Masterbuilt, yet. I will tho. Been busy.
    To answer somebof the questions, nothing in it to disturb air flow. I smoke right on the racks. No stones/tiles, etc... the unit is almost four years old. Fairly lightly used, overall. I keep it outside on my deck covered with a patio chair cover and a LG plastic bag under that. I did notice that there was a tear on the cover when I took it off. That may have had something to do with it, but that'd be weird 2.5 hours into the smoke, no? I only smoke when I'll be able to be home with it the whole time (or else someone else might drink my beers and smoke my cigars!!!).

    Might just be "one of those things"- you've heard of Murphy's Law? I'm the Murphy they wrote it for!
  15. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    I'll be calling MN in the next couple days...
    I'd only under half filled my AMAZN, and lit both ends, so it was working right.

    Don't remember if it's a first or second generation mes40. I think it's 2nd... but I'll check before I call them, obviously...
    Thanks for all the input!
  16. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    MB not MN... dopey autocorrect!
  17. wbrian

    wbrian Smoke Blower

    Oh, don't know why I wrote back left corner. It was the back right corner. (Same side as the door hinges are on...)
  18. smoky mike blu

    smoky mike blu Fire Starter

    Wow! This is a wake up call for me. I left my MES on Saturday on my deck for two hours alone. Kind of scary now when you think of it. I guess we all need to be more careful with these. I was thinking of doing some all nighters during the week, but Bears right, it's just not worth it.
    What sides the best side to place the AMAZN? On the left back side or the right back side? I thought the left back corner was the better place to place it?
    Sorry about this Wbrian
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If your door hinges are on the right side, it is a Gen #1 MES.

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  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Since yours is a Gen #1 MES, you should put your AMNPS on the little support bars in the bottom, to the left of the chip burner assembly. The AMNPS was designed to fit perfectly there in an MES 30 Gen #1.


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