Electric Smoker Trips GFCI


The reason is, the ceramic potting inside the heating element is porous and moisture gets in and causes a small amount of current to leak to ground through its high resistance and trips the GFI. Try this, with the power removed, BE SURE all electric power has been removed, remove the back panel for access to the back of the heating element. When you can see the heating element, be sure the outside of it is not touching any of the metal on the smoker, if it is you may need to remove the heating element and with a drill make the hole larger so the heating element can not touch the metal of the smoker, just a thought, something to try

The GFI measures the difference in the current on the black ( hot ) going to the heating element and the white wire ( return ) back from the heating element. If the difference is 180 MA ( I think) or more it trips the GFI. The GFI is not made to trip from load, only from leaking current. have the same problem in my sisters new kitchen, every...

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You're the second person today to have this problem. If you're sure there's nothing wrong with your GFCI receptacle, there is a short in the wiring of the electrical side of the grill smoker.Most of it, you can visually inspect,. Look for damaged or frayed wires that may be touching the grill's steel frame. There my be a loose connection or an improperly wired connection. As I did with the other person ... I am including a link to the Owners Manual for your All-in-One Grill/Smoker. It has a good wiring schematic, that will help you trace the wiring and the connections.


You can download and print the manual for future reference.

Good luck and I hope this helps you, to further troubleshoot and solve the problem. If it doesn't contact Traeger Industries Service Dept 7 days a week, 7am - 5pm @...

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doesn't work! After I plug it in, it runs for about 5 minutes before tripping the GFCI outlet that I had it plugged into. I did have it on a 10 foot long extension cord (no electrical outlets on my back porch). I assume this means there is a short somewhere?

I have two questions:

1) Is it possible to fix this, or am I better off trying to find a replacement electrical smoker element? It looks like those are going to be about $50, which pushes this into the "maybe not worth it" territory for me.

2) Since the various Good Eats DIY smokers are powered by electric hotplates, could I just remove the burned out electrical element and shove a hot plate in there?

I have a Meco smoker, which is very similar to this Brinkman model. The element looks like...

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• This smoker is to be used outdoors only. Do not operate this smoker indoors or in an enclosed area.

• Do not use this smoker in the rain or on wet surfaces. Do not immerse cord, plug or electric element in water or other liquids.

Keep this smoker and all electrical appliances away from swimming pools, hot tubs, etc. Hazard of electrical shock if used on a wet

surface, in the rain or if appliance has been exposed to moisture.

• For household use only. Do not use this product for other than its intended purpose.

• To prevent accidental electrical shock, this smoker should always be used on a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet...

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The washer tripped the breaker

once and OR after the breaker was reset it ran additional loads with no problem then it tripped the breaker again.

Intermittent problems are always difficult to diagnose because the problem usually doesn't occur when you're making the checks.

If the washer ran additional loads the problem will not be an electrical short with one of the washer parts. If the lid switch had a short it wouldn't run the additional loads.

You don't say if the additional loads used the same cycle as previously. A timer can have an internal short that might trip the breaker in heavy duty cycle but not the permanent press cycle.

If you have access to a clamp on amp meter, see the image below, then you can check the amp draw of the washer. The washer normally will draw about 10-15 amps at start up and about 5-8 amps while running. The house breaker for you washer should be rated at 20 amps.

If the washer is running and drawing less than 20...

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Got a trimmed up beautiful USDA Prime 6 pound brisket that I rubbed last night, woke up and put on the smoker at 6 AM, got it going, went back to check on it 45 min later expecting to see and smell plenty of smoke and the damn thing had tripped the breaker, reset and tripped again, changed to an outlet on a different circuit and as soon as the heating element kicked on it tripped too. I am pissed, put the brisket in the oven and when I cool down I will go back and investigate and try to find the problem, any suggestions on what to look for?

I have used this smoker 5-6 times on the same outlet and has always been problem free

In before "should of used charcoal and you would not have this problem"


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"Electric cars are a great innovation. Electric smokers? Not so much." Meathead

By Meathead Goldwyn

Set it and forget it. That's the main attraction to electric smokers, and an important one. No lighting charcoal, no checking the fuel supply every hour or so, no messy ash to clean up. Just turn it on, crack a brew, and take a snooze in your lounge chair. Or put in a brisket before you leave for work and come home to a tender, smoky, juicy meal. Electrics need only two to four ounces of wood to give meat a smoky flavor. And if they are well insulated, they are great for winter use.

The good news is that they excel at fish and things like smoked peppers, sausage, nuts, bacon, and cheese. The bad news is that, in head to head tastings, I think the flavor is inferior to charcoal, gas, or pellet smokers for most other meats such as pork ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and beef brisket. If you already have an...

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Prevention from Shock Hazards

What is a GFCI

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) can help prevent electrocution. If a person’s body starts to receive a shock, the GFCI senses this and cuts off the power before he/she can get injured.

GFCIs are generally installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water. They are most often found in kitchens, bath and laundry rooms, or even out-of-doors or in the garage where electric power tools might be used.

What is a ground fault?

According to the National Electrical Code, a “ground fault” is a conducting connection (whether intentional or accidental) between any electric conductor and any conducting material that is grounded or that may become grounded. Electricity always wants to find a path to the ground. In a ground fault, electricity has found a path to ground, but it is a path the electricity was never intended to be on, such as through a person’s body.

Because of...

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Learn to RESTORE your Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smoker to working and like new condition.

While this Instructable is specific to the Masterbuilt brand and model mentioned, it might be able to be used as a guide for other brands and models. Read on to see the problem and solution with this smoker.

With a few tools and a few skills you can get your smoker up and running again to smoke your favorite meats.

Cost for restoring electrical circuit was only a few dollars for male and female connectors.

This is my first smoker. I have been nothing but happy with it's workmanship for several years until this past winter. This past winter I noticed that the smoker would trip the GFCI circuit in my garage after only being powered for a minute or so. My first thought was there was just too much of a load on that circuit with all the other stuff powered in the garage. So, I proceeded to use the GFCI off the deck area of the house. This worked for one more...

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I did so much homework before buying this electric smoker with glass door for $350.00. All the reviews said how easy it was to get replacement parts, how great the company was. The competition was from Canada mainly, I wanted a USA built product, so I thought we did it right. Wrong. The smoker didn't last 2 years, with under 20 uses. The unit would not heat anymore, they sent a replacement element, still didn't work. The units are only warrantied for 1 year, and by the looks of everyone else on this site, 2 years in the magic number for product failure. I almost think everyone who purchased in 2015 received faulty products.

The customer service people were very nice, it's not their fault that by the looks of it, the company they work for makes a use by date product. We recommended this unit to friends and family, they bought it also, but we will not purchase another Masterbuilt again. Too much money for a cheap product that doesn't last 2 years. So disappointed in...

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GFCI Outlet

Receptacles on the outside of your house and near sinks inside have special protection known as GFCI. If you lose your power on one or more of these receptacles, find the tripped GFCI receptacle and reset the button. GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. They are designed to prevent electrical shock when there is a difference in the currents in the hot and neutral wires. When a GFCI detects the difference in currents, it can turn off the circuit to avoid any potential danger. If you don’t have any GFCI(s) in your home, you should consult MetroPower to have them installed.

If you do have GFCI(s) in your home, it is important to test them periodically to make sure that they are working properly. It is possible for a GFCI to become damaged due to a surge of electricity. It only takes a minute to run a simple test to insure that your GFCI is working properly. We suggest that you do the following:

Testing your GFCI

Assuming your GFCI has...
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OK, my $0.02.

First, I'd like to hear back from the OP. With no feedback, we're wasting our time.

I'd have to agree with RK in that the fault lies in the Bradley. It works for a while and then knocks off the breaker. This might be due to cycling on to off causing a fault. Or, who knows what happens after 15 minutes or so.

I'd first call Bradley customer service and explain the problem. It may have been seen before. Their CS is quite good.

Other than that, bring the smoker back to Costco (if possible) and get a replacement. If not possible, call Costco customer support, explain the problem and ask them how it can be handled. Costco's customer service is also quite good.

jolt - I'm sure you weren't being lectured so don't take it that way. I'm not an electrician but I've done electronic design work for the military, aerospace and commercial computing. I knew what a GFI is supposed to do but didn't know how it worked so I appreciated the explanation...

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Waleygator Writes:

"Looking for other folks that either own or have used the Masterbuilt electric smoker. I bought one last September and absolutely love it! Since the unit is sealed pretty tightly, condensation really builds up inside. Where most smokers need constant monitoring of the water pan, there's definitely no need here. Also don't use hardly any wood chips, but sometimes want a stronger smoke flavor than I'm getting.

I would like to exchange ideas on different smoking methods with other electric unit users."


September 9, 2007 at 8:33 pm

(1) Rattler says:

I have a similar problem. It gets off to a great start and then just sits there, and the wood just dries out. Here’s how far I’ve gotten. First, I soak the chips overnight, not just for a couple of hours. Second, I keep the vent at the top open. That way the element at the bottom (hopefully) keeps working (otherwise it gets up to the preset level and shuts down). If you...

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by Anonymous

I have a 2003 Flagstaff 23 fbs trailer

All electrical appliances are turned off.

Plug into house electrical outlet and trips house GFCI. Works fine when plugged into campground outlet. I read somewhere that the problem is trailer electrical ground.

Where is the ground? On the tongue, electrical box? Camperland want mucho dollars just to diagnose problem.

ANSWER: Greetings thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

You are correct in stating that a bad ground or even reversed polarity in your travel trailer could be tripping the

GFCI Receptacle

. GFCI Receptacles look like normal 15/20 amp plugs except that they have a built in circuit breaker. The GFCI plugs are very sensitive to bad grounds and reverse polarity in electrical systems. They will blow when a normal circuit breaker will not.

First I normally do not recommend that a do-it-yourselfer mess...

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Smoking has been popular for years because it allows you to cook food (most commonly cuts of meat) using the smoke from a controlled source of heat. This gives food an entirely unique flavor, which many people find deliciously irresistible.

Now that you’ve decided to get an Electric Smoker, it’s time to decide exactly which model you want. This can be overwhelming. There are several different companies out there who want you to believe that their brand is the best, but who is right? Let’s take a look at the top sellers and compare them based on customer feedback.

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The National Electrical Code requires GFCI protection of receptacles located outdoors and in bathrooms, garages, and spa areas. This GFCI circuit breaker provides protection against overloads, short circuits, and ground faults. It detects very low levels of electrical current leaks (ground faults), and acts quickly to shut off power, preventing serious shock.

Most GFCI protectors have a spring-loaded breaker button. When the GFCI senses a problem, the breaker button is “tripped.” The breaker button needs to be manually reset in order for the power to be re-established to the outlet. The breaker button will trip again if the electrical problem still persists. Continuously tripping breakers indicate that there is an electrical problem. Call an electrician if the GFCI continues to indicate there is a problem.

Basic Troubleshooting

There is an electrical malfunction in whatever is plugged into the outlet.

Remove all electrical devices from the GFCI outlet....

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I recently got the same model Pit Boss, I picked it up at a trade show direct from the manufacturer. They had used it for 3 days as a demo unit. I dont know what pellets were initially in there but the heat did creep on me the first time or two I used it. Which did prompt me to actually read the directions and find this thread. ( I had not adjusted the 'P' setting). I also had no idea what pellet type was in the hopper when I got it.

I then loaded it with a Cherry and Oak mix I hand blended from stock Traeger pellets. Couldn't be happier. It has been holding smoke temperature great and not had any significant drift. Had no problems doing Salmon, Cheese or 3-2-1 ribs. Best ribs I've ever made.

My only desire really is that the 'P' setting not default to 4 every time you turn it on, or just have a dial instead of a recessed micro button.

Not to over analyze but I grill at 7,000 ft altitude, and perhaps the oak slowed down and evened out the temps, but...

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I just bought the Pit Boss 820 yesterday from Menards. I have a Traeger Grill, and am fed up with it. I have had the Traeger for two years. It came with a three year warranty, and so far, I have had the body replaced, (paint peeling, inside and out), the heat rod twice, and the drip pan, (paint peeling). The quality is so poor. The pellets as they go down into the auger, stick up onto the sides of the pellet box, thus you lose your heat, and there goes your cooking.

I cooked ribeye steaks on the Pit Boss last night, they turned out great! The Pit Boss heats up so much more and quicker. The pellet box is huge, and holds an entire bag of pellets, the drip pan is so better designed and easily fitted. The price I paid for this model, was 450.00, compared to 399.00, :yahoo:I paid for the Lil Junior Traeger. For 50 dollars more, I get a 820 sq. inch cooking area vs. 292 square inch cooking area of the Traeger. I also get a dome thermometer, and digital thermometer display, and a...

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A 14-year-old girl from Texas died Sunday after being electrocuted in a bathtub while using her cell phone.

Madison Coe’s mother and grandmother told KCBD that she was in the bathtub and either plugged her phone in or simply grabbed her phone that was already plugged in. The tragic accident happened at her father’s house in Lovington, NM.

Donna O’Guinn, Madison’s grandmother, said, “There was a burn mark on her hand, the hand that would have grabbed the phone. And that was just very obvious that that’s what had happened.”

This sort of thing could happen to anyone, and Madison’s family wants to try to prevent anyone else from suffering this kind of loss.

“This is such a tragedy that doesn’t need to happen to anyone else. And we want something good to come out of this as awareness of not using your cell phone in the bathroom as it is plugged in and charging,” O’Guinn told KCBD.

People on social media have been sharing Madison’s story. Her...

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