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Masterbuilt smoker - burnt wiring/insulation problem

I just bought a masterbuilt electric smoker despite seeing consumers having problems with burnt wiring after X amount of uses. Are there any modifications i can make before using it that might prevent this from happening to mine?

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I am not clear how an electric smoker works but I am guessing there are two basic problems - one of design and the other of material specification.
I have dismantled many electric heaters of various sorts, lots made redundant because they were old-fashioned and expensive to run. Some of them were in excellent condition even though they were perhaps up to half a century old.

The remarkable thing about the design of these was how substantially over engineered they were. This was partly due to the fact when they were built a significant number of homes and offices were using direct current mains electricity, consequently the switches needed powerful springs to ensure a rapid connection and disconnection and the large contact area had a wiping action with a classic knife-switch design. Poor contacts from arcing generating additional heat was designed out. The switches were almost exclusively ceramic bodied.

The internal wiring was another point of interest. Where wire was used at all it was so heavy as to be practically rigid, probably an alloy of some description (possibly with nickel).
These were preformed into a shape where thermal expansion would be no problem and insulated with a woven asbestos sleeving; today's equivalent would be a woven ceramic. These "wires" would be terminated with an overly large and substantial screw and flat washer.

A significant number of heaters had no internal wiring and instead used flat metal strips, again insulated with heatproof sleeving.

Later heaters did use multistrand wiring but it wasn't copper - again it was probably an alloy and again covered with a woven insulation and even the terminals were rated for high temperature use.
Wire suitable for greater temperatures than 200 C and quite difficult to find but probably the best modification for your smoker would be a little over engineering and specifying wire capable of withstanding 450 C.
Check out the link to some wire wisdom...

https://www.anixter.com/en_uk/resources/literature/wire-wisdom/high-temperature-wire.html

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SOURCE: MASTERBUILT GAS SMOKER

Here is the link for the maunel online in pdf format
http://www.masterbuilt.com/pdf/manuals/7%20in%201%20Smoker.pdf

the main website says individual parts will be availible for sale soon, main website is
http://www.masterbuilt.com/index.html

hope this helps

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SOURCE: Need instruction on how to season masterbuilt electric smoker

soak some hickory/ oak / mesquite chips any one of these will do, soak them in water for a couple of hours then put them in the pan and turn it on this will burn out any coating on the metal and flavor the grill for smoking leave it on for a good 2-3 hrs on med then on high mke sure you keep the chips replenished

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SOURCE: My Masterbuilt electric smoker stopped heating will cooking

I just bought a new Masterbuilt Smoker by default two weeks ago I borrowed a friend’s to smoke about 30lb. of Salmon to then can. Ran the smoker every day for three day. ON my last batch the heating element would not work. Talk about Frustrated! The Smoker was only 2 yrs. old.

Knowing I borrowed I felt I had to replace. So online to Cabelas and I ordered my buddy a new smoker and had it shipped. I then found this website... GOT TO LOVE the internet. I saw many other people had the same problem. Found an Answer...

The Problem was one of the connector to the heating element was poor quality and if you don't clean your smoker on a regular basis. The heat and moister caused the small copper connector to corrode and the wire to come loose. I took a wood chisel and cut off all the rivets on the back. I was then able to pull the back off with no damage and access the small box in the lower back. I found the connector. Went to the hardware store and bought a replacement for .75 cents. A pair of wire crimpers and the problem was fixed. I also bought ½ inch Sheet metal screws to secure the back it was good as new. So I returned the smoker to my buddy and kept the new one. When it arrived I saw Masterbuilt has since fixed the problem and provided an access panel to the element and connectors.

Mike in Alaska

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Posted on Jul 03, 2010

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SOURCE: used the masterbuilt smoker only 5 times???

I just bought a new Masterbuilt Smoker by default two weeks ago I borrowed a friend’s to smoke about 30lb. of Salmon to then can. Ran the smoker every day for three day. ON my last batch the heating element would not work. Talk about Frustrated! The Smoker was only 2 yrs. old.

Knowing I borrowed I felt I had to replace. So online to Cabelas and I ordered my buddy a new smoker and had it shipped. I then found this website... GOT TO LOVE the internet. I saw many other people had the same problem. Found an Answer...

The Problem was one of the connector to the heating element was poor quality and if you don't clean your smoker on a regular basis. The heat and moister caused the small copper connector to corrode and the wire to come loose. I took a wood chisel and cut off all the rivets on the back. I was then able to pull the back off with no damage and access the small box in the lower back. I found the connector. Went to the hardware store and bought a replacement for .75 cents. A pair of wire crimpers and the problem was fixed. I also bought ½ inch Sheet metal screws to secure the back it was good as new. So I returned the smoker to my buddy and kept the new one. When it arrived I saw Masterbuilt has since fixed the problem and provided an access panel to the element and connectors.

Mike in Alaska

PSU313@yahoo.com

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SOURCE: I NEED A MANUAL FOR MY MASTERBUILT ELECTRIC SMOKER

Here is a link to the Masterbuilt Smoke House 30" Electric Smoker, Model # 20070210. Which is what I think you have. You can download and print the manual.

http://www.masterbuilt.com/pdf/manuals/20070210%20ESQ3082%20Manual.pdf


Hope this is what you need. Please let me know.

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