MES 30 Cooking Rack Problems with Q-View. Anyone else experience this?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by teeznuts, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    I bought my MES 30 digital, model #20070910, in May. I use it several times a week but it's not even a year old. I clean with a sponge, dish soap and warm water. A while back I noticed some discoloring on one of my cooking racks and I called Masterbuilt.

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    At first I thought it was rust but looking closer it appeared that it was a copper colored metal and maybe the original coating had worn away??? Anyways Masterbuilt sent me a free cooking rack to replace it.

    A few months later I noticed more of my racks doing the same. I called Masterbuilt and since I was no longer under warranty they couldn't replace the racks for free but they sold them to me at 50% off. I now have 9 cooking racks for my MES.

    Problem is now more of them are starting to discolor.

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    Am I the only unlucky person? Has anyone else had this issue? Is it a major concern for contaminating food?
     
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Them dang chinese is trying to kill us..

    I like to keep a big coating of smoked crud on mine...

    Craig
     
  3. Its copper probably. the copper plate the racks prior to chrome plate.
     
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Stop it Craig.  That is not crud, it is seasoning.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  5. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Is copper an issue? dangerous?
     
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I don't scrub my racks after every smoke . wipe of any stuck bits and leave the seasoning on them .
     
  8. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit


    I think I'm gonna get em nice and black and start doing the same
     
  9. I'm going to have to take a look at mine...i also scrub mine after each smoking.[​IMG]
     
  10. hiram

    hiram Fire Starter

    I would think that the Chinese chrome is very thin to say the least and doesn't take much scrubbing to take it off. I use frog mats under my meat so I don't get a lot of crud on the racks untill about the third smoke, at that time I stick them in the dishwasher and they come out shiny and clean, I suspect the scrubbing is taking off the chrome.
     
  11. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I usually hand wash the racks in my MES30 before each smoke. But last weekend I was busy, so I scrubbed off most of the gunk and put them in the dishwasher. I popped it open immediately after it was finished drying, and my racks look very much like the ones above. I still think it's rust, but I've never seen rust hit anything so quickly before. 

    Has anyone else had this problem?
     
  12. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I brought this to the attention of customer service at Masterbuilt in an email. They were mum about the rust issue, but offered to sell me some more racks at $8 apiece, + shipping. I'm not too pleased.
     

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