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Big chief smoker

Electrical cord melts on to smoker. I have replaced cord, only to have it happen again. Not sure I can remove it this time. What could be causing this problem?

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  • kathosmit Sep 10, 2008

    It isn't actually the cord, but the plug-in that melts. Could something be wrong with the heating element, or is there an intermediate part between the two?

  • kathosmit Sep 11, 2008

    I replace the heating element and the cord, and from now on, I WILL keep the contact points clean. Thanks.

  • julewo Nov 26, 2008

    The plug to the smoker is partially melted, I need a replacement cord
    that works with the smoker. Standard cords do not work. Where can I buy
    the replacement cord for Luhr Jensen smoker. (front loading).

  • nickwolfe Dec 20, 2008

    Where can a buy a new element and cord?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    little chief smoker manual



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I am on my third cord. I love the smokers, and own 2 but the cord design stinks. You can clean the contacts all you want, but one always heats up, gets soft, loses its spring, and causes a weak contact. When that happens, it arcs, melts, and finally burns out. You can google "smokehouse cord" and find suppliers from $17.00 to $23.00 ( I'd like to hardwire a solution or make a replaceable head. If somebody has a good, safe design for this, let me know.

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Somethings not right, the rubber part of the cord should be outside of the unit and not touch ANY hot surfaces.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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    If you get it repared this time, clean , the contact points in the socket and the pins on the heat element with rubbing alcohol, let dry before using . Keep the contact areas clean and shiney.



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