Electric Smoker...

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by jimpeterson, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. jimpeterson

    jimpeterson Newbie

    Hi, Guys...I want to build an electric smoker, using an old milk refer, measuring about 2'x3'x1'. I'd like to know what everyone is using for the heat. I guess I need about 1500 watts, from what I've read. Can I use a hot plate? Just lay it one th[​IMG]e bottom of the refer? With these measurements, what size vent do I need?[​IMG]
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jim, Evening. Nice lookin' insulated box.........Perfect for smoking.........

    I have a modification to my MES that might work for you........As well insulated, as that box is, I would try a single table top heating element. They usually run about 1000 watts.

    Plugged into a 1500 watt dimmer switch, you can keep the heat output adjusted so you don't need a thermostat. Kinda like adjusting the flame on a gas burner. No on-off from the thermostat, no temp fluctuations. The AMAZNPS would be my choice for generating smoke. Cold smoke, hot smoke you name it, they are great.

    Now that I know what I do from my mods, my MES is an incredible smoking machine and I am learning more every day......Dave

    Any questions.????... PM me........Dave again....
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks like you have a great start on a quality smoker.

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