My MES 40 just died

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mike johnson, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Im so bummed out. I got up at 5:30 this morning to start smoking  2 nice pieces of pork for dinner tonight. Everything was working great when we left for church and running our errands for today. I just got home and the heating light was on, and the inside temp was 73 deg. with a cold element inside. Not sure when it stopped working but I now have to throw away almost 40$ worth of pork and try to find out what happened to my smoker. i feel like crying.[​IMG]
     
  2. tjwheels

    tjwheels Fire Starter

    Sorry to hear that, how old was your smoker? Have you experienced any problems in previous smokes prior to its failure?
     
  3. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Its about 3-4 years old and I have never had a problem before this one.
     
  4. Is it repairable?
     
  5. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm not sure. I'll need to check it out thoroughly but I didn't feel like it after all that happened. I hope it's fixable though.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  6. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Sorry to see this. Best of luck in getting it figured out
     
  7. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What you experienced is the primary reason I stay home and monitor every smoke. You never know what will happen. Mechanical, electrical, and electronic components have a way of breaking down without prior notice at any time.
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    It might or might not be repairable but there are some good threads on here for installing aftermarket elements and controllers that could get it running again for less than a new one. Sucks to have to throw away food because of a malfunction.
     
  9. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    There are You Tube videos showing how to install a new Masterbuilt heating element. I've watched them and they're very good.
     

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