MES 30 contact corroded - need to replace

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by smoke83340, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. Dear Gang:

    So I am smoking a steak the other night [using Scarbelly's coffee-cocoa rub] and I notice that my IT is not rising. MES 30 controller looks fine, but no heat!!!
    Luckily I saw it in time and managed to finish the steak in the oven.

    I removed the back and one contact was completely corroded/fried. See photo.

    Any suggestions on the best way to replace this? I am assuming I can find a brass crimp-on contact and then I can wrap it with heat resistant tape. Or I could solder it directly...

    Your collective thoughts are appreciated. Otherwise I love my MES 30. It is three years old and I live in a very cold climate, so it works extra hard in winter.

  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sand the lead to the element, or wire brush to clean off the oxidation... Put new non insulated spade lug on wire... slide the lug on the element lug... I added some no-corrode paste... NO-OX conductive paste.... I used a side cutter to crimp the lugs, TIGHT... has been working to 3 years now... soldering would be better...

  4. Thank you Dave!
    When I do the repair I'll post photos.
    Happy holidays!

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