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Lsuhoohoo
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Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Turned on my smoker yesterday evening and as soon as the heating element kicked on, it tripped the breaker within 15-20 seconds, if not immediately. I did some google searching and apparently this is a common problem with these units although there doesn't seem to be 1 concrete solution.

I pulled the heating element out and all the connectors are still in good shape, no corrosion or creosote build up as I've read can happen. Ran the multimeter on the element which showed good continuity (18 ohms ). There was a little bit of grease between the element and the rubber gasket that sits against the smoker wall.. cleaned that up and reinstalled the element...tripped after about a minute.

A new element only runs about $22 so I'm thinking about swapping in a new one but I'm not entirely optimistic the element is my problem. Have any of y'all dealt with and solved this issue? TIA
This post was edited on 6/28 at 4:31 pm


montana
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Check to see if the outlet or plug were wet.


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Hope it is under warranty, pretty sure the control board is gone, if under warranty they will send you a brand new smoker, if not shite out of luck

Mine did it with 2 weeks left in warranty, they sent me a new one, that one did the same thing about 6 months later, I chunked it and bought a smokin tex


Lsuhoohoo
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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Hope it is under warranty, pretty sure the control board is gone, if under warranty they will send you a brand new smoker, if not shite out of luck


Nope. Its about 5 years old now. I looked into the control panel but it appears Masterbuilt discontinued the part. The site where I found the heating element does have the control panel listed but they're not carrying it anymore either so I guess if the replacement element doesn't solve the problem, I'm left with a well insulated box.

Up until now I've had zero problems with this unit. It's worked well enough for my needs. This was my beginner smoker that got me into the hobby. I just wish it would have had the decency to hang on until after 4th of July
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LSUEnvy
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Not uncommon for a GCFI outlet to go bad. I’d replace it and go from there.


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thumperpait
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Issues with mine are that you can't use an extension cord. Has to be plugged into outlet.


CP3LSU25
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet



take that GFI out an replace it with a regular outlet. GFI's are useless.


gizmothepug
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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Issues with mine are that you can't use an extension cord. Has to be plugged into outlet.


I use an extension cord every time I use mine, I do use one of those heavy duty outdoor extension cords. I don’t know if that makes a difference or not.


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CarRamrod
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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take that GFI out an replace it with a regular outlet. GFI's are useless.
while GFCI sucks they are not useless.


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MorbidTheClown
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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you can't use an extension cord. Has to be plugged into outlet.



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LSUnGA
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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I use an extension cord every time I use mine, I do use one of those heavy duty outdoor extension cords. I don’t know if that makes a difference or not.


This is the correct answer. Has to be a heavy gauge wire, ran into the same issue. A regular outdoor extension cord will not work.


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mylsuhat
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
It's the element. I have had to change my out 3 times now


Really easy to change out
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Lsuhoohoo
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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It's the element.


Fairly confident in that? I know it's not a bad outlet. I feel like I can narrow it down to a bad element or a control panel. I ordered a new element but it appears the control panel has been discontinued so I'm hoping the new element solves the problem.


andouille
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
I see a lot of praise for this brand, I bought one and it lasted a few months before the board went out. I'll never waste money on one again. Their support guy basically told me "tough sh*t".


Lsuhoohoo
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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I see a lot of praise for this brand, I bought one and it lasted a few months before the board went out. I'll never waste money on one again


I've had mine 5 years now and never had a problem until now.

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Their support guy basically told me "tough sh*t".


I have heard their customer service is a nightmare.


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mylsuhat
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Any update?


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Fairly confident in that?


In my experience it always has been. I would get the control panel to light up, set temp and time, then it would immediately trip the GFI


TXT
Member since Oct 2019
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
Sounds like the element internal resistance wire is expanding and touching the metallic sheath( ground) as it heats up. This causes a GFCI trip. This doesn't happen until you energize the element after setting temp and time. A new heater element should fix it.


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J Murdah
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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take that GFI out an replace it with a regular outlet. GFI's are useless.

It's not the outlet it's the smoker. Mine does this shite all the time. It's like 50/50 if I can get it to work some days.


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J Murdah
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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In my experience it always has been. I would get the control panel to light up, set temp and time, then it would immediately trip the GFI
Yep I find it happens more often after it rains or there is moisture in it and I even keep a cover on mine


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Lsuhoohoo
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re: Masterbuilt electric smoker tripping GFCI outlet
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Any update?


Not yet. Still waiting on the new element to ship.



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In my experience it always has been. I would get the control panel to light up, set temp and time, then it would immediately trip the GFI


Yeah that's exactly what mine did so I'm encouraged that this new element should fix the problem.


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