So I’ve had my Masterbuilt electric smoker for a good 3 years.

If you’ve searched for this post, you don’t need to be told that…yes…an electric smoker works great.

Anyhow, I was going to smoke some ribs the other day.

Plugged in the smoker, set the time, set the temp and doink! The GFI tripped.

Hmm. Tried again. Same thing.

Ok, tried a different plug. Same thing.

Tried a non-gfi plug. Same thing.

Searched online for this situation and found a lot of people have trouble with their smoke plugged into a GFI outlet.

I never had trouble in 3 years until today.

I decided to call the company.

They said it sounded like I needed a new heater element (what most online said), I said OK.
I also ordered a new internal housing (I don’t remember what it’s called). Mine was well worn, plus, as I discovered, you have to remove it to take out the heating element anyway, so….

Replacement was rather easy. It might have taken 45 minutes.

As you can tell from the picture below, it was time to replace the element.

The element was about $20 and the new innards another $30 or so.

heating element masterbuilt smoker
8 thoughts on “Masterbuilt Smoker Trips Breaker
  1. Joshua West says:

    I’m thinking I’m going to have to do the same. Do you have a link to where I can order these?

  2. TheOpinion says:

    Try this place

  3. Terry says:

    I’ve had a Masterbuilt smoker for 2 years and after using it 3 times it keeps kicking out the breaker. I don’t think after such a short time it should be doing that. I’m taking it to the dump and wouldn’t recommend anyone getting that product

  4. Adam says:

    Did you have to replace your Spade connectors to when I found was my Wire burned now I need to get a new wire.

  5. TheOpinion says:

    Not sure what a spade connector is.
    I just bought the heating element replacement kit and replaced it.

  6. John says:

    my spade connector rusted and no longer made connection to the heating element. Could not find another spade connector of the same size. Ended up trying an alligator clip and attached to the wire. Unit turned on but almost immediately tripped the GFCI. Tried a couple more times but same result. Not sure if the clip is the issue or the element but element looks to be ok. Masterbuilt no help on replacement spade connector. Hate to toss it if its something simple.

  7. david kenny says:

    1 and a half years old tried 4 different plugs on 3 different breakers in 2 different boxes all tripped out some good money i will never buy ANYTHING from masterbuilt ever

  8. Diana says:

    Just plugged our brand-new Masterbuilt in to season it. Keeps popping breakers. Husband hauled it all over the patio looking for a breaker it liked. Think we found one but now we don’t trust it. Taking it back. ?? I see Masterbuilt sold, also. Not a good sign.

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