Just to clarify, I an NOT saying that to make the smokers operate as designed, you need to drill holes. I would agree that they will operate as designed with NO modifications.
What I am saying is that if you want to operate them OUTSIDE of their design parameters, then you most likely need to make some very minor modifications. The use of the AMAZEN smoker and/or a PID controller are my definition of using the smoker "outside of their design parameters".
The simple design and robust build quality of these smokers lend themselves to modifications for which they were not designed.
Cold smoking in the Midwest during the winter by setting the chamber temperature to 60*.
Ramping up temperature on beef sticks or salmon in an unattended manner based on time.
Consistent, reliable, thin blue smoke for up to 10 hours
Shutting down or going to a KEEP WARM temp. if you happen to be away.
Tight temperature control when you don't want fat to render.
I could go on, but readers will get my point.
I just don't want the folks reading this thread and contemplating a purchase of one of these smokers to think that they might need to drill holes to make them work as designed. You don''t need to do that, as I believe they are great smokers just as they are right out of the box.
Hopefully this clarifies my position on the matter if there was any misunderstanding.
Edited by smokinjoe52 - 1/20/13 at 9:14am