Anyone ever gotten an Electric Smoker Wet?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by trece, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. trece

    trece Fire Starter

    We have a Masterbuilt and keep it on the end of the deck. If it looks like rain we move it under the awning. But I'm just curious, what happens if it did get wet from rain, has anyone had it happen?
  2. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I keep mine and also use it in a shop/shed that I can ventilate well....If you need to store yours on the deck I would invest in a slip over cover that is water proof...The electronics box at the top should be protected from water in my opinion[​IMG]

    Sounds like you are enjoying your MES from the posts I have read

    Take care
  3. Trece
    My cousin (bbq bubba) has an electric that spends a lot of time outdooors,(usually forming a steady smoke ring around the neighborhood) that does get wet....As far as I know he has'nt had any problems with it, But I would suggest a cover when its not in use.. just to be on the safe side...DB BBQ
  4. keywesmoke

    keywesmoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Down here everything I own gets wet one way or another. I just leave stuff out in the hot sun if it stops working for a day or two and most of the time it comes right back.
  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Unless you are sure it's not wet in the control box it could go poof! I would think (I don't know - I don't own one for that reason) that knowing it will be used outside they'd waterproof the controls using gaskets, high temperature expoxies etc. Might be a good question to ask the company.
  6. hawgheaven

    hawgheaven Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hope you are plugging into a GFI (Ground Fault Interrupter) receptacle... that way, if it does get wet, that will keep you from turning into Q... [​IMG]

    Never used an electrical unit, but electricity and water don't mix well. My advice; try to keep it dry.
  7. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    my mes has gotten wet from time to time while being used, kinda hard not to here in the seattle area you know. I've never had a problem, however like stated earlier make sure it's plugged into a gfci circuit. When not in use the unit sits inside nice and dry......
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I was hoping you'd chime in here Smoked! Do they insulate the control box or something? I gotta say that's the main reason I've never used the electric wand thingy that came with my All-In-One ECB. It's just a HUGE toaster coil and a zip cord.
  9. trece

    trece Fire Starter

    I like to put it on the end of of very big deck when in use in good weather. If it starts to sprinkle I move it under the awening(sp?), not an easy task but dooable. When not in use its under the awening. It is pluged into a GFCI and I also have one in the main power box in case the deck GFCI fails.
    I was just curious, I feel much more comfortable w/an electric unit so for me a its a small price to pay for even heat.
    Thx all,
  10. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When this thread started it got me to thinking, "Why not seal the control box to the unit?" It will be safe and unharmed as long as you wipe off the exterior after the smoke.

    I either set mine under a garage eave or I have a gazebo (4 seasoned screen house) that I use if it is raining or snowing. But I do think for the digital control modules long term life sealing it with caulking would be an added extra preventative to having future problems; unless condesatin could pose an electrical problem?

    I will be sealing mine with clear caulking tomorrow.....
  11. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If it gets wet and you use it you will let the smoke out and it will never work [​IMG]
  12. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have some "canned smoke" that I put in mine when it gets wet.[​IMG][​IMG]
  13. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yes, the control unit is fairly well sealed, I would not let it sit out in a downpour, but with the typical "mist" we get here often it is not a problem whatsoever.

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