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MES heating element bad connector question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by kumatae, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. kumatae

    kumatae Fire Starter

    My MES quit working during a smoke and lo behold, one of the connector was fried. I cleaned off the element and it seems like its in good condition. The question I have is rather then getting another wiring connector, can I just solder the wire directly to the element and heat shrink it? Would that lessen the chances of failure in the future or should I just use the same wiring connection? I guess if it doesn't work, I'll order a new heating element and use the supplied connection. Would wiring upgrade be worth my time as well just to be safe? Any input would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
  2. Hard to say.  I had one that was toasted a bit but still usable.  I would try to repair it first and then replace if necessary, but that's just me.  Make sure that you heat shrink it well to prevent possible shorting.  It does tend to get pretty warm in that little box where the connection is located.
  3. kumatae

    kumatae Fire Starter

  4. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Heating appliances usually clamped,crimped or screwed. Solder would probably melt.
  5. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member