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HELP!! My electric smoker told me to go F myself, need a new one

Old 02-15-2019, 04:30 PM
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Default HELP!! My electric smoker told me to go F myself, need a new one

need recommendations on a new electric smoker mine is dead and I have a fridge full of chicken and ribs I'll have to freeze...F me

My smoking background: quit Marlboros over 12 years ago never touched the other stuff...
oh wait wrong smoking: broke in on a propane smoker, ghetto mod-ed that bitch for years, was dialed in and cooked great, sadly we had to put her down one day, she was a great smoker and still missed
Once the mourning was over we opted to adopt an electric, took quite some time to get used to it, but grew to like the set it and walk away convenience

We use it quite a bit but mostly chicken, some times ribs or small pork stuffs, random fish etc. It will only see a big piece of pork or brisket once per year so keep that in mind

I don't want a box store quality, budget like to be under ~750 ish

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Old 02-15-2019, 04:46 PM
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masterbilt?

the control panels are known to go bad, and a cheap, easy repair fwiw
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
masterbilt?

the control panels are known to go bad, and a cheap, easy repair fwiw
yes masterbuilt, already replaced that twice, once their dime, once mine...its something else, I popped all the service panels off, rusty goo leaked out from the one on the bottom where all the wires congregate. Jumped the thermocouple out also with no luck...its just time for a new one
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:54 PM
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Sounds like a DYI project.

If you have some fabrication skills $750 will go a long way towards a real smoker. If you don't just go home depot ceramic with a heating element.
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:00 PM
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How often do you use the grill?

I have never had good luck with outdoor electric cooking appliances.. I'm a LP gas guy on the Weber Genesis, Right now, there is a Boston Butt pork roast roasting that should be ready in about an hour or so.
If you were to get a grill like mine new, you would hit that price point, but your electric bill would go down and your LP tank expenses go up.
Great factory support, too.
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:28 PM
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I’d look at either a 22” Weber Smoky Mountain or a Traeger, leaning toward the Traeger for the easy to use factor.
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:38 PM
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Big green egg or Kamado Joe, smokers shouldn't be plugged in
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:11 PM
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Look into a Rec Tec before buying a Traeger. I have 2, a Bullseye and a Mini (new model is the Trailblazer). Love them both. The Bullseye is a grill that can smoke. The Mini is a smoker that can grill. I find cooking hot and fast is easier on the Bullseye. I'd also recommend investing in Grill Grates regardless of which manufacturer you choose if you go the route of a pellet grill/smoker.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:20 PM
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I know you said electric, but how about a PBC instead? I own one and I absolutely love it; it is as close to as "set it and forget it" as it gets.

https://www.pitbarrelcooker.com/



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Old 02-15-2019, 09:49 PM
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Cookshack

even small ones work awesome
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:56 PM
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Here's another recommendation for a Cookshack... it's a little over your budget, but it really doesn't get any better for an electric smoker. I've had the Cookshack SM025 since October of '13 or '14.
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:02 AM
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Check out the "Orion Cooker". Cooks with charcoal. $150, at Bass Pro. I love mine. Best ribs I ever had.
Ribs cook in 1hr. 15 min. Fish 45 min. Whole turkey 2 hrs. Brisket or pork shoulder 2 1/2 hrs.
Totally foolproof cooking. Works by convection, no carcinogens touch the food.
Read the reviews. I found this on an elk hunting forum, and some guys that got this have sold their big green egg.
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:23 AM
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wood need s to be your heat source. forget the gas and electric as it turns out a lower quality smoke.
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:25 AM
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if you want set it and forget it when smoking I'd have to recommend looking into pellets. I smoke on an egg and can see how someone would like that although once it's set I usually dont have to touch it for hours
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I've had a cookshack amerique for around 15 years. Great smoker and very well insulated.
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:35 AM
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I build my own UDS smokers. If you look on youtube there are thousands of videos on how to build them. Or you can buy one already done from the pit barrel cookers link above. Once you get it running at temp mine will cruise for hours with no adjustments. I have smoked for 12 hours plus on one basket of charcoal. Turns out competition quality Q. I have built a couple of dozen of them and they cost me around $150 to build. You can build them very cheap or very expensive. I know there are companies that make a fan system that hooks onto the air intake and is controlled by your computer or smart phone and regulates the temp making it "set and forget".
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by MistaBobDobalina View Post
yes masterbuilt, already replaced that twice, once their dime, once mine...its something else, I popped all the service panels off, rusty goo leaked out from the one on the bottom where all the wires congregate. Jumped the thermocouple out also with no luck...its just time for a new one

Rusty goo sound kind of strange.
do you store the smoker outside in the weather?

What did you hope to accomplish by jumping the thermocouple?
it is a temp measuring device not a switch
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:42 AM
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If it's a MasterBuilt drill out the rivets on the back aluminum panel. If I recall close to the center there is a wire that gets burned, it is very easy to see and to fix it. Also check the wires on the element ( I would do this first) they are also a know problem. Disclaimer I have never had a problem with mine. The one with the broken wire in the back was a friend of mine that I fixed it for him. It was an older unit.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:29 AM
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Smokin-It is a very nice quality unit at a reasonable price. Ive had a Model 3 for quite some time and have been very pleased with the performance
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:36 AM
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I second pellets. I went with a Pit Boss (I know... it's not a Treager, no need to flame me... )

To be able to set temp and forget it, with no hot spots anywhere is great convenience, without needing to open and move anything at all. It will smoke in 7 different programmable ranges between 200 F and I forget what... 250? Then it's set temps up to 500F.

Love it. Clean, convenient, and dead-nuts accurate on settings.

Just my $.02
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