GFCI Issue with old smokette

I have an old Smokette.  It sits in the back yard under a ********* cover.   I only smoke every month or two (or longer).  When I start the smoke, it trips the GFCI for the first hour or so.  Once the smoker is warm, the problem goes away and the smoker will run for the next few hours.

Do I need to start storing my smoker inside?  

Do I need to replace the heater or something else in my smoker?

Thanks

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If a unit sits very long the humidity can settle on the back of the element and cause it to trip a GFCI. We do recommend running it at least once a month to keep that from happenings. In most instances you can run it on a non GFCI outlet for a couple of hours and it will correct the issue. If it does not run on a GFCI after that then you would need to replace the element.

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