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Offline Kalamazoo

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GFI Tripping
« on: May 09, 2014, 07:05:49 am »
I have the stainless original (not digital) model.
the heating element in the smoker box will works fine.
when I plug in the smoke generator it trips the gfi outlet.  I've tried several outlets/circuits with the same result.  any help?
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Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: GFI Tripping
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 01:19:51 pm »
Hi Kalamazoo;

Welcome to the forum.

Have you tried any outlets that are not GFI?

With the originals if the bisquettes burner went bad, it would trip the outlet if plugged into a GFI. If you can plug it into a standard outlet, you can then test to see if the bisquette burner is working properly.

Other possible causes can be a moisture and/or a build up in debris inside the generator that my be causing the GFI to trip.

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Offline BoxcarBetts

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Re: GFI Tripping
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 03:50:10 pm »
Did it start suddenly, or has it always blown the GFCI?
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Offline Kalamazoo

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Re: GFI Tripping
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2014, 06:14:39 am »
Suddenly this year


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Offline BoxcarBetts

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Re: GFI Tripping
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2014, 12:07:03 pm »
I think Habanero is right about your burner faulting. I just had this happen to me except instead of burning and shorting, mine just open circuited. If you open up your SG, unplug the burner and measure the resistance (if you can get your hands on a multimeter). You should see roughly 115 ohms. If yours has shorted, you'll see significantly less than that.  Also, if you "ring out" one of the burner wires to the chassis (just pick a nut or screw somewhere), then that proves your fault to ground.

Here's my thread on my issue if it helps:

http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=35062.0
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