Smoker Died

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cruiser rod, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    My 30" Masterbuilt electric smoker just died in the middle of smoking deer kielbasa. I need to replace it fast! I want to go to a 40" smoker but I'm wondering if I should got electric or propane. Any advice would be appreciated.

    As far as fixing my smoker I do that later and sell it or keep it as a second smoker.
  2. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    If you are already used to using the MES I would go that route if you have time to get one. How far into your smoke were you? If you were half way there you could poach them in 170 degree hot water to internal temp to finish. If you used cure you would probably be O.K. to take them out and refrigerate until you can finish smoking also. Did your recipe include cure #1?
  3. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    I used Praque powder no. 4 and probably only smoked the kielbasa for one hour and then it died. It wasn't for about 4 hours later I moved it back into the fridge.

    I think I might go with MES. I just got off the phone with a guy from Craigslist with a brand new still in the box 40" MES.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2015
  4. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    That's the same one I have, generation #1. I love mine and have had it for going on 4 years. If the price is right go for it. 
  5. barnesski1

    barnesski1 Smoke Blower

    I went from a 30 to 40 about 4 years ago in regrets!
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2015
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    You may want to check the terminal connections in the back, seems like a few people have had to replace them, recently
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  7. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    Well, the guy thought he had a 40" MES but it turned out to be a 30". Still in the box with the SS front door and remote control, I couldn't wait too long, I had to finish the kielbasa. For $220 I have a brand new 30" MES. I'll have to fix the other one when it gets warm out. I was looking to move up to a larger smoker but I can't complain with this one, the remote is a very nice feature. I didn't think I would use it at first.
  8. That will be good then you will a backup

  9. I don't understand why you would get the same smoker that died on you mid cook. I wouldn't trust getting another one. I'd find one a bit more reliable and with a longer warranty.
  10. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Mine died too a couple weeks ago, connection on back had burned up over time. Easy fix with crimp terminal., took 15 mins to fix.
  11. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    My old MES was about 12 years old. A brand new one I wouldn consider the same!
  12. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    I hope mine is that simple. I didn't see anything obvious, when it warms up around here I'll break out the volt meter and trouble shoot it. I'm guessing it is the heating element. I didn't have the luxury of playing with it and waiting for parts ordered.
  13. Hopefully that's all it is.

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