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Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by afiggis, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. afiggis

    afiggis Newbie

    Hi all, I'm from CT and I will accept your scorn as I tell you I use a Masterbuilt electric smoker. I know I know. My dad always cooked on charcoal so I have nothing against it and have grilled on charcoal many times. But at least to start I like the ease and consistency of electric.
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    By the way. Many great cooks here have MES smokers. Nothing wrong with using one.

    Check out Bearcarver. A awesome cook that has step by step cooks all on a MES.
     
  3. afiggis

    afiggis Newbie

    Truth be told. I have been using mine for a couple years now. It's been working great until about a month ago when the temp started going screwy. Won't shut off. Seems like it's not that uncommon a problem and and external controller might fix it. That would be a cheaper option than buying a whole new unit.
     
  4. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Make sure your temp probe on the back is clean.
     
  5. smokinal

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

    [​IMG]  to SMF!

    Glad to have you with us!

    Al
     
  6. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    welcome to the forum
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome afiggis!!  [​IMG]

    Like mentioned above, the first thing I would do is clean the little heat sensor real good. It looks like a little toggle switch, and is located on the interior back wall of the MES. If that gets all black & covered it could effect it's accuracy.

    If that doesn't help, you could see if you can get a new MES control to replace your old one, or like you said maybe an external controller would be another option.

    Once you get it squared away, here is a whole bunch of things that are really easy to do with an MES:

    Just click on "Bear's Step by Steps".

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016
  8. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Welcome to this great site.

                         Ed
     
  9. afiggis

    afiggis Newbie

    Cleaning didn't help😕.
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Then I would call Masterbuilt & tell them everything it does wrong.

    It sounds to me like it's the controller, so maybe since it's a couple years old they'll sell you a new controller---Cheap.

    Have your model number ready---It's on the plate on the back of the smoker.

    Bear
     
  11. afiggis

    afiggis Newbie

    It's worth a shot. Thanks
     
  12. afiggis

    afiggis Newbie

    I turned the unit off and went to go have dinner. I came out after to put the unit away and found that the unit hadn't in fact turned off. It was reading over 300 degrees! It wasn't until I unplugged it that it finally shut off. I'm thinking it's not fixable.
     
  13. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Take Bear's advice and call those folks.

    Like he said it's almost certainly the controller.

    Everything is repairable.

             Ed
     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---Must be the controller.

    I've seen them come on as soon as they are plugged in, instead of waiting to be turned on & timer set--->> Also Controller.

    Bear
     
  15. afiggis

    afiggis Newbie

    Ordered a controller. Found out it's on back order. They don't know WHEN it's going to be in stock. Oh goody.
     

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