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BGW Electric Starter - repairable?

Hi folks,

First post.

My BGE electric starter is probably 5 years old and seems to have a short in it; it trips the outlet or breaker on the circuit when plugged in. Removing the handle doesn't show any obvious wiring issues. Anyone have any tips on whether this can be repaired? At $70, not a cheap replacement...

thanks,
Brian (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Comments

  • CarolinaCrazyCarolinaCrazy Posts: 582
    My guess is, after 5 years (a VERY good run) the element is wearing out and the resistance is increasing, thus tripping the circuit breaker. I have a GFI outlet that trips all the time on mine.

    A replacement will run you about $15 at Home Depot or Lowes. Not quite the same big design, but hell, you can buy 2 or 3 for the price.
    1 LBGE in Chapel Hill, NC
  • mEGG_My_DaymEGG_My_Day Posts: 796
    edited May 15
    ^^^^This.  I like the freedom of a torch.  No electrical outlet needed.
    Memphis, TN 
    LBGE, SBGE, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, Akorn (still in the box)
  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 805
    My recommendation would be to toss it and invest in a propane torch or something similar.  

    Exactly.....better and far more utilitarian.

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,567
    I egg on my driveway.  I light it with a weed burner.  While I'm waiting for VOCs to burn off, I'll actually burn weeds.
    Flint, Michigan
  • SemolinaPilchardSemolinaPilchard Posts: 1,147
    https://www.midlandhardware.com/195433.html?dfw_tracker=14396-195433&gclid=EAIaIQobChMItIijiuSI2wIVBA9pCh3P2QN1EAQYAyABEgJ0o_D_BwEIf you go with a torch I recommend this one. Keeps you far from any sparking lump, your shirts will be happy.
  • KchevesKcheves Posts: 82
    My guess is, after 5 years (a VERY good run) the element is wearing out and the resistance is increasing, thus tripping the circuit breaker. I have a GFI outlet that trips all the time on mine.

    A replacement will run you about $15 at Home Depot or Lowes. Not quite the same big design, but hell, you can buy 2 or 3 for the price.
    Agree on replacing the charcoal lighter, but increasing resistance of a heating element would reduce the current.  I don’t use electric lighters, but if you trip the GFI you probably have a short.

    "Semper ubi sub ubi"

    San Diego, CA

  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,211
    Replace. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,334
    Weed burner!! Lots of other uses too......weeds, ice, wasp nests, annoying neighbors, etc.
  • Fred19FlintstoneFred19Flintstone Posts: 7,567
    Got tent catapillers?  Nothing better at fixing that problem.
    Flint, Michigan
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 2,272
    edited May 15
    Folded paper towels and vegetable oil. 
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, Smobot, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,354
    At $14 a year I think you got your money’s worth.  Buy new or get a torch.  

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • GregCGregC Posts: 84
    Disappointed in this one, lasted less than a year, used it about 3 times a week. Going back to the fire starter blocks, for the MiniMax I can use half of one to get it started. Got 60 for $20 off of Amazon.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 1,949
    GregC said:
    Disappointed in this one, lasted less than a year, used it about 3 times a week. Going back to the fire starter blocks, for the MiniMax I can use half of one to get it started. Got 60 for $20 off of Amazon.
    I've had mine for several years without any problems. I did have a coupon and also caught them on sale during Memorial Day weekend at Ace Hardware so I now have a spare or a gift ready to wrap.
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,200
    Weed burner!! Lots of other uses too......weeds, ice, wasp nests, annoying neighbors, etc.
    Pics or it didn't happen :grin:
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
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