Little Chief Electric questions

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by pne123, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    I was thinking of picking up a hot plate so i could do some cold smoking. I found a slightly used little chief on CL for $25. I know nothing about them. Would this be much better than a $7 hotplate in my GOSM or USD? Is it worth $25?

    Thanks for any input. I would do more searching but may be gone by time I find my answer.
     
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I dunno that the Li'l Chief will let you get down to cold smoke temps. The hotplate in a UDS would seem more likely to get warm enough to generate smoke from a coffee can type pan, and the drum big enough to dissipate enough heat to keep it in the 100° or so range...

    Any Li'l Chief users have input?
     
  3. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    unless it's real cold or windy you'd have a hard time keeping the lil chief down to cold smoking temps. Maybe with a few modifications like drilling some vent holes in the side you could do it, but as-is it'll be too hot for the most part.
     
  4. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The little cheifs come set for around 140 or 150 degree temps.....If it is the top loader model you can use it for cold smoking by using a couple 1 by 2 boards across the top and then set the rack assemble on the 1 by 2's and put a box over it then.... Thats how the owners maunal shows to do it.......Just a thought..........
     
  5. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    I was also thinking I could use it as a smoke generator if did not get cold enough
     
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL "get cold enough" Sorry engineer here. Yea, you could do that.
     
  7. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    yea, i realize that is not right but was typing with one hand, had a 2yr old on my lap (hitting keys) and a 4yr old pulling on the other arm. you should have seen how it came out the first time....

    quite a few enginerds on these pages. mechanical background myself but i am doing civil now. BORING. but i do get to live in my home town and not San jose.
     
  8. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    POINTS for typing like that! Good man!
     

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