Originally Posted by BAMAFAN
I would be very careful how you mount it. Were you going to put it inline in like a 4x4 metal box, or mount it on the unit? That dimmer should handle it but if it is the one I'm thinking of there is also a heat sink that comes with it that you will need to install. Your heating element at max should only draw 6.66 amps of current if my math is right. If you hook it stright inline with the power cord not sure what you are going to do to the electronics on the unit with the voltage drop.
I am thinking of putting the rheostat in an exterior type box on the outside of the smoker.
I would break the wires at the heating element.
I am not sure of the name of the switch but I think it is a double pole/double throw.
The power from the controller would go to the switch and I could switch between the factory element or run the power thru the rheostat.
With that configuration, low temps could be on the rheostat and high temps would be factory configuration.
High temp wire and connectors would be used.
I have not pulled the cover on the wiring yet. Still thinking. I probably would run flex from the cover to the top of the smoker where the new box
and rheostat would be installed.
Does this make GOOD sense? I know enough about electricity to be dangerous.