Very nice build Dave!
Dave it's looking great. We bought the oven gasket rope or whatever it's properly known as at the local hardware store. Real cheap and works like a charm. Put it on with food safe high temp silicone (one of the perks when he works for a sheet metal company)! Anyway, get this thing done and running so I can post it to FB and Twitter!!!!!
BTW, I will have one (if I still decide I want one) before it's said and done...he just can't say no and I really don't have to work on him all that hard either!!!
Dave, I used nepas recipe for sticks... 140 for 24 hours.... came out perfect.....
We got this new computer and I can't find stuff... search, (time and temp charts non intact meats FSIS)... generally, meats taken to 135 and held for "awhile" are safe to eat.... See the charts..... they have charts for jerky also..... I'm beginning to dislike this new puter.... Too old to learn a new system.....
LOL....... Be sure to let me know when I fall into that group.......(trusted ones) that is.......
Dave, Have you tried raising the element up higher in the smoker? I am thinking that if you raise it up to 12"-18" below the bottom rack you will have an easier time getting the temp up. It's a pretty big area you are trying to heat and maintain. Also wanted to say that getting the element above the CMU will help. The CMU is absorbing a bunch of your heat up front.
I was thinking he meant the concrete was acting as an heat sink. (concrete masonry unit) Dave, also i don't know what you decided to use for airflow but those eco fans would be ideal for your situation since your heat isn't getting that high.
Yea those eco fans just aren't suited for high heat...i'm thinking the heat rating was somewhere in the range of 200 or 250....the circuitry would fry otherwise. I'll be getting one but more for the intended purpose, circulate heat not from a wood stove but a propane wall heater.
Yep Concrete Masonry Unit, your foundation. When the CMU is on the ground and filled with grout (cement, concrete, etc) the mass that is there wicks up moisture (all concrete is porous). The heat that is being absorbed into the CMU is first trying to dry the or drive the moisture out of the mass. That absorbs a bunch of energy (heat). Once the moisture equalizes then the blocks can eventually heat up and then start contributing heat the chamber. What I'm saying is your foundation is working against you. I think that by moving up the element and isolating the foundation from the smoke chamber you will have better results. I'd take a piece of durorock and cut it to fit on the lip of your foundation blocks. Run the element just above it and see how that works. If that doesn't work, then move the element up in 6" increments until you can achieve the 170*-180* or whatever max temp you are looking for.
We've been getting rain since last Friday. We have had as much rain the last seven days as we normally get in 6 months this time of year!!! So I feel your pain! Supposed to be 90* tomorrow and 97* by Sunday, Yikes!!!
Dave, I would try it with out the slate first, just to see what happens. I like to go the "less is more route", or KISS method. Also putting the element off the durock is a good idea and I meant to mention that earlier. There was another thread here where the guy burnt through the Durock.