I have a CS SM025. I've had it for nearly ten years and use it frequently. While smoking some belly for bacon the other day (4# piece, 7-day wet brine) I noticed the temperature indicator for the heating element running much hotter than it perhaps should be. I was working in the yard nearby so I had more time than usual to sneak peeks at the readout. I had the temp set at 175F but noticed the readout going to 245F for quite some time. I realize the temp may go up to heat up or maintain heat but this seemed too hot for too long. With butts, ribs, and brisket I usually set the temp and walk away, for the most part, checking every once and awhile. Bacon is a bit more critical and I don't want it too high for too long to render out the fat. For the last year, I've thought the unit may be running hot so I have an oven thermometer inside to double-check. I'm wondering if I need a new thermostat or similar and yes I did not have the probe in the back blocked. Any thoughts?
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If your oven thermometer verifies the readout of the unit, then you probably have a controller problem. The routine advice here is to call CS - they're very good at helping you troubleshoot.
Thanks. Over the past year, it seems to have been running hot sometimes. I think I'll load up a Butt and really monitor the readout/temp. This past weekend when I had my issue with the bacon, setting it at 175 and it shot up to 245 the oven thermo read 250 so it may well be a controller issue.
The older SM025 units had a twenty minute lock on feature to help the wood start to smolder. If you run a lighter load that can cause a larger overshoot. If it gives you any more problems give Cookshack a call and we can assist in trouble shooting the unit.
I'm used to it heating up to get the wood going and fluctuations around the set temp during a long smoke but this was 2 hours in on the bacon I was doing and it shot up to 245F which I thought quite high and the oven thermo I had inside registered the same. During most long smokes I just ocassionally glance at the readout. I've had a sneaky suspicion that it might be running hot. I'll just put a Butt in and really watch the readout throughout the smoke.