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Anybody Use a Hot Plate in a Gas Vertical Smoker???

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Customer needs help with converting a Brinkman Vertical Gas Smoker to electric

Anybody use a hot plate in there smoker?

 

Pics would be great!

 

THX!

 

 

Todd

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I tried an 800 watt portable electric counter-top burner once. Even with a cast iron burner plate, it didn't convect much heat to the smoke chamber. There seems to be a need for other mass added to the burner plate which can transmit thermal energy to the air, otherwise you only get radiant heat, which isn't much. I know with my first attempt, the burner was cycling on/off pretty slowly, with more power-off than power-on, so that told me it wasn't moving much heat from the plate. I added a smaller cast iron skillet to see if the burner would cycle more, but it still didn't put enough demand on the thermostat for a steady power-on...was better, but not by much. Chamber temps in my GOSM 3405GW only climbed about 30* above ambient with top vent closed about 90%, if I recall correctly (was about 3 years ago). If something could be rested on the burner to pull heat away from it, then have fins to transfer that heat into convection with a fair amount of efficiency, I think it would work.

 

Just some things to consider...

 

 

Eric

 

post #3 of 6
I use a 750 watt Rival hot plate controlled by a Ranco temperature controller in a vertical Master Forge charcoal smoker to smoke sausages, bacon and the like.....I don't exceed 170 degrees with this particular set up, but i know that others reach BBQ temps with a hot plate or the 1000 watt element that's available from SausageMaker.
I set the hot plate on a grate with the sawdust A-Maze-N below.

I snapped a couple quick pics:

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~Martin
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don't think a gasser can hold the heat like an insulated MES......

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Originally Posted by chefrob View Post

don't think a gasser can hold the heat like an insulated MES......

 

I was thinking the same thing.

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I have... don't have pictures though.

 

I converted a ECB charcoal into an electric using two of these: http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/sylvania-single-burner/ID=prod6047661-product

 

They are easy to take apart and rewire into the smoker.  

 

I drilled two holes into the water pan and used cast iron pan for wood chips.

 

I also drilled two holes into the bottom for the main heat element.  

 

I then attached the bases to the bottom and used fire proof wire to extend the factory wires to the elements.

 

One word of caution.  Make sure you have a heavy duty extension cord and use two outlets if one of them has an internal circuit breaker.

 

All in all, the mods did the trick.  

 

 

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