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Old 11-24-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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had grease fire at 5 am today... thank God for my WSM!! Burnt gasket on FEC and electronics wont turn on...no light ...nothing
Can this be fixed??
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:08 AM   #2
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Man I hope so. Good luck and I hope the day gets better!
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:13 AM   #3
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had grease fire at 5 am today... thank God for my WSM!! Burnt gasket on FEC and electronics wont turn on...no light ...nothing
Can this be fixed??
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It sure can be fixed , build a fire box underneath and pick up some charcoal and you will be better than new
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had grease fire at 5 am today... thank God for my WSM!! Burnt gasket on FEC and electronics wont turn on...no light ...nothing
Can this be fixed??
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happy thanksgiving!!
had two in mine, when we had it, there is a reset switch, I'll look for info on resetting, I have not need it in awhile

found it,

If you noticed the switch unit inside the pellet hopper, this is a safety switch to keep the auger from moving while you have your hand in there. What you need is a philips screwdriver and staring at the side of the hopper, you will note the 4 small sheet metal screws. When you remove those, the panel slides right out and you will see the guts of the machine. Note, you will have a small relay switch to your mid way right side. 2 wires will hang off the backside of the switch. If you reach your hand in front of it ( towards the innards of the actual control panel ) you will feel or even see this green reset switch.
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Hopefully you caught it before it spread from the pit. Good luck getting it fixed.

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I had to reset mine a couple of years ago. Here is a picture of where the reset switch is located on mine...

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had grease fire at 5 am today... thank God for my WSM!! Burnt gasket on FEC and electronics wont turn on...no light ...nothing
Can this be fixed??
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happy thanksgiving!!
There's a funny cartoon in there somewhere...I can see it! Sorry to make light of your troubles...hope you can get it straightened out post haste!
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:24 AM   #8
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had grease fire at 5 am today... thank God for my WSM!! Burnt gasket on FEC and electronics wont turn on...no light ...nothing
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Oh, my goodness! Hope no one was hurt, and that you're ok. Definitely something to be thankful for today. I'll say a prayer things get better for you.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:06 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the support and answers about the FEC...used my 22.5 inch WSM to get the 2 hams and 1turkey to the dinner table on time...no injuries and no damage other than ,Mentioned above...
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Well, praise God for that! Hope ya'll still had a great Thanksgiving day!
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Theyre built like a tank, so you will be able to fix it.

Normally the first will affect just the insides. Sometimes that means the ignitor get's fried and sometimes the temp probe. Gasked can be replaced.

What were you cooking?

Most (not all) of the fires I've ever heard of were smokers that had a build up of grease, or not level and cooking at a hotter temp.

ANY time you're cooking, say 300 or so, maybe sure you've cleand the bottom and the grease trap is holding unlevel.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:00 AM   #12
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Theyre built like a tank, so you will be able to fix it.

Normally the first will affect just the insides. Sometimes that means the ignitor get's fried and sometimes the temp probe. Gasked can be replaced.

What were you cooking?

Most (not all) of the fires I've ever heard of were smokers that had a build up of grease, or not level and cooking at a hotter temp.

ANY time you're cooking, say 300 or so, maybe sure you've cleand the bottom and the grease trap is holding unlevel.
After only 2 hours sleep, poor decision making was the culprit...took the grates inside to wash, as the outside water has been turned off for the winter...figured i would fire it up, scrub grates and get food in...after scrubbing the grates came out to see fire shooting out the side exhaust like the batmobile...opened door and the grease drain was on fire...hoping the temp probe wasn't fried...will try the reset button when i get home from work today and pray for the best
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:53 PM   #13
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I had to reset mine a couple of years ago. Here is a picture of where the reset switch is located on mine...

Found the green button and all is fine...just need to order new gasket...thanks a lot for the help
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Cool...
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for $4k there better be a reset switch. Why the grease fire? That surely doesnt sound like peace of mind or sleep!
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