Need more heat??

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by brohnson, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Well the element that I got from an Old Smokey Smoker that is electric is working fine when it gets to temp but I've noticed that like doing ribs and stuff (when I open the door) it takes a while to get back to temp as I think it takes to long and I'd like it to go faster so do you think I could just get another element and double it up. Would this help me out or not. I'm thinking if I had 2 elements I could get to temp faster than kick one element back when I got to the temp I needed. Thanks

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  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now I cann't see any reason why you couldn't use more then one of those elements for I have heard of many folks here using double hot plates in smokers before.
     
  3. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sure ya can add another element. Ya can also add some thermal mass in the form a concrete pavers er bricks, I did that in my gosm an made recovery lots faster when ya opened the door fer somthin.
     
  4. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Never thought of that, great idea on the bricks.
     
  5. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    People using the Brinkman Electric, which has an element like yours, often put a few pieces of charcoal near the element.
    If you've got a heavy pan under the element, just toss a few pieces of lump charcoal or all-natural briquettes in there about 1" from the element and that will give you some heat and you might like the flavor too -I do this every time for those reasons.
    It might take a little more air intake to get the charcoal going.
     
  6. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I put some pave stones wrapped in tinfoil on the bottom of my smoker. It recovers much faster now.
     

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