Needed new burner and controls for my old smoker. Thought about just buying a whole new smoker but couldn't find what I wanted for a reasonable cost. Almost bought the Amerique but decided to see if there was anything to rebuld mine and do what I wanted. Talked to Cody at Allied Kenco Sales, they have a thermostatically controlled burner kit that looked good but I wanted to hook up the plug and play temp and time programable controller. They didn't have any thing but he checked it out and a week later called me and said they could build one which I had them do. I've used it now for a couple of months and this thing is great. Works like the 8,000 dollar units. You can program six different steps in it. I just load up the smoker and go to work or to bed (that's what I did Wed. nite so the turkey's and ham's would be done thursday) and It takes care of it self. I cold smoked for eight hours, brought temp up in three different steps and the final step was set to shut off when the meat was up to temp ( has a meat probe). Could also have set to just keep warm if dinner was an hour or two away. I'm very impressed with this thing. I'm smoking more because I don't have to baby sit, and can get some work done (or play:). Just thought I would let anyone know who is building or refurbishing a smoker cause there isn't anything else on the market that I could find like this.
Take Care and have a great day!