I have a small, 4-burner gas BBQ with a hood that I'm thinking of setting up as cold-warm smoker. As a heat source, I'm thinking of using an old, old, old Sunbeam deep fryer, which looks very similar to the pale deep fryer shown in the attached image.
It also has a deep fryer basket (which I may or may not use), very similar to the basket shown in the second picture of the more modern, black deep fryer, but the handle is gone.
I'm thinking of filling an alfoil pouch with Red Gum sawdust, wrapping it up tightly, punching a few small holes in the alfoil, then putting it in the deep fryer with the thermostat set to a very low setting, then lowering the BBQ hood. There is no doubt it will generate smoke, but because the deep fryer will be under a hood, the plastic handles and electrical cord will also be under the hood. Firstly, would this most likely give cold, warm, or hot temperatures, underneath the BBQ hood? And since it will be on for hours, this has me worried about the potential for a fire/electrical hazard, even though I won't be using gas as a heat source.
Is there anyone with some experience or expertise with this sort of thing that can offer me some safety advice please? Please understand I'm a newbie here, so if for some reason the pictures don't display properly, please let me know.