Does outside temperature affect an electric smoker

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by unclebarney, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. unclebarney

    unclebarney Newbie

    I'm new to this. I got a Mastercraft 30" electric smoker. I wanted to season it today but it was only about 5 degrees outside today and after an hour, the smoker never heated up. Is that because it was so cold out or could there be something wrong with my smoker? Thanks in advance
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF. I'm in Florida so it's a little hard for me to imagine 5 degrees. Yes the outside temp will affect your smoker. Do you mean Masterbuilt? If so the insulation should help a little and make sure you don't use an extension cord.

    I'm sure someone from the frozen tundra will chime in with a better answer.

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    The smoker has a safety switch or something stupid that won't allow it to start if it's cold out...  Take a hair dryer and apply heat to the 2 sensors on the back wall...   The element will come on...   keep the hair dryer going until the unit itself gets up to above 40 deg. or so...  then it will operate normally......

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
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  5. northofdallas

    northofdallas Newbie

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually if an MES is out in the open, any kind of wind, cold or warm is a bad thing.

    The cold is taken care of pretty much by the insulation, but the wind can suck the heat right out of the top vent, unless you do something to block it.


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