Smoker caught fire

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by lpaciolla, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I am new to this forum and so happy I have found it.  There is a lot of good information on here.

    I own a Master built 40" Electric Smoker.  I have had it for about a 1 1/2 years.  It has worked great with no problems, until one day I was smoking ribs and I noticed puffs of smoke coming out of the hole where you put the wood chips in, and it was making a poofing noise.  I immediately looked in the hole where the wood is inserted and saw there was a fire in there.  I got the fire out and now the smoker will turn on, but it doesn't heat up.  Can I order a part to be replaced that will heat it up or do you think it's shot and I'm better off just buying a new smoker.  Has anyone ever had this issue with this particular smoker? 

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Depends what the temperature was inside the smoker... In the floor, left side, back half, there are electronics buried in there.... if they got overheated, it's more than likely toast.... At least, that's where they are buried in the MES 30.....
  3. Thanks for your fast reply!

    I think I will purchase a new one.  I would hate to buy parts and find out it still doesn't work. 
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Save the body for cold smoking.. OR, there are ways to add a heating circuit that is much better than Masterbuilts electronics... You can go PID or
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic


    Before buying a new unit or replacement parts, you should check to see if your model matches up with any of the Masterbuilt models on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall advisories due to fire hazards. To see the most recent recall on file, click the link below.

    Good luck.
  7. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Couldn't find a (official) wiring diagram. I'm pretty sure they all have (or should have) a thermal cut-off switch. What I'm not sure of is whether they're auto-reset or manual. Just guessing here..... do to the fire, temperature inside the smoker could have reached the cut-off switch's limit and opened up. If that switch is not closed for whatever reason the heating element will not get energized.
  8. Thank you everyone for all the ideas and info.  I am going to get a new one but I will keep the body, thank you Dave for the idea.  dls1 I did check to see if it had been recalled and it wasn't the same model number.  I think I will go with a charcoal smoker instead of electric. 
  9. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Check out a WSM(weber smokey mountian)there great smokers!

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