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Lil Chief Smoker trips GFI plug

I have a brand new never been used Lil Chief smoker w/250 watt element. The unit trips the GFI immedately when plugged in. There are not other appliances plugged into the circuit. What's up?

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    look for a heat element

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There is a short somewhere in the unit. Return it ASAP!

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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