Bad finned element?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dwolson, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    First off, I'm an electrical novice.  So, if I sound dumb thats becasue I really am!

    I have a 1550W finned element heating my custom smoker.  It is conected using 120v.  I control it with the Auber 1800W Dual Probe PID (which I love!)

    Here's an old post on my build:

    Everythig has been going great for months.  All of the sudden it will not heat my cabinet.  I get to maybe 124F.  It used to glow a faint red. Now it's just hot to the touch.  I bypassed the pid, same thing. I tried using a heavier cord thinking it might be a resistence issue. No love.

    Has anyone had their fin heater go out bad??

    BTW this is the model I used:

    Thanks, as usual!

  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Any chance it is still in warranty.  If you changed the cable and tried another outlet then it just sounds like it went bad.  May want to call the manufacturer. 
  3. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    Well, I have had it for about 5 months.  I'll check on warranty.

    It's strange,you think it would either work or not work at all.  Not kind of work.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dave, morning..... Sounds to me, a connection on the element is bad..... can you check it ..... Check the voltage at the element too.......      Dave 
  5. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    If your voltage is good, find a friend with an Amp Probe and check amperage...should be around 13+/- amps. If little or no amperage, it's bad.  Tempco has a one year warranty and Grainger is usually good with those issues.

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