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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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***** is a good one. just quit.

Grilling | Answered on Jun 10, 2019


It usually means the short temperature probe in the unit is too cold or wet. Hit it with a hair dryer for a minute or two. That should solve the problem. If you live in a cold climate, this could be an ongoing, but easily addressable issue.

Grilling | Answered on Jun 09, 2019


The replacement heating element could be damaged or defective.

Grilling | Answered on Jun 06, 2019


they have always recommended rotating the food half way thru the cooking time . even baking cookies etc

Grilling | Answered on Jun 05, 2019


It would be helpful if you posted the model number. There are several types of connections. Some are threaded and usually use a gas-compatible thread sealant compound or thread tape (be certain the sealant is specified for natural gas or propane!).

Some are simply flared friction fittings, possibly with an internal gasket ring. Inspect the gasket if any, and if it is in good condition, just push it back together. If the metal is worn, corroded or cracked, replace the part.

Some outdoor grills use hoses with fittings crimped on the end. If the fitting has come off, check the hose to see if it is cracked or dried up. If this is the case, replace the hose. You should probably replace the connector even if the hose is good; the crimp is not trustworthy if it has come apart.

Less common is welded or brazed connections. If this has come apart, have it professionally repaired or buy a new connector assembly

Grilling | Answered on Jun 04, 2019


Did the regulators have an emergency shut off valve, new ones do. It shuts the flow off if you connect and the gas taps are open. They would require resetting.

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Coleman Grilling | Answered on Jun 04, 2019


Try twisting the igniter button counter clockwise

Weber Grilling | Answered on Jun 04, 2019


it's either the connection between the other 2 burners or there is a blockage?

Weber GENESIS... | Answered on Jun 04, 2019


Did the igniter continuously sparks when the button was pressed?
If it did, the igniter usually has a battery.
Try twisting the igniter button counter clockwise it gain access to a battery compartment

I fixed a CharBroiler grill’s igniter this past weekend by replacing its AA battery.

Swiss Grill... | Answered on Jun 04, 2019

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