Started my smoke house build a couple weekends ago. Almost done, just need paint and some hardware. Built the PID controller last weekend, I'll include pictures of that when I get back into town.
~24" wide by ~19" deep. It's 120v 1500 watt, here is what I bought http://www.amazon.com/Brinkmann-812-3323-0-Smokeshop-Electric-Converter/dp/B0000AUSHQ
What I didn't take pictures of was the insulation between the 1/2" cement board and the siding - I used Roxul 23-in W x 3-in D Stone Wool Insulation Batts from Lowes - thinking I would compress the insulation into 1.5" wall. I would probably not get 3 in next time, cause they were pretty compressed when I got them and was probably way overkill.
Haven't thought that far ahead ;) I figure I'll get a metal tray, use what is typically used for electric smokers and set it on the burner.
No, I'll look into that ... thanks!
ej, evening.... and welcome to the forum..... when you fire her up, be sure to check the heat from the element on the floor.... That could catch the wood under the cement board and aluminum on fire..... I know, I know..... that sounds impossible but... once the wood and aluminun get up to 3-400 degrees, your smoker could be burnt toast..... be sure there is an air gap to stop the heat from transmitting to the wood......
I feel your pain in working with aluminum sheet metal. I am curious what thickness did you use? It looks like I am going to help a friend build one. I used 0.040 on mine and I had to score every bend to make it work. It was a pain and I used up a new ferrous metal circular saw blade by the time I was done. It looks like your sheeting is a little thinner.
As far as smoke I have both an AMTS and a frying pan over my propane burner that I burn chunks. I use one or the other depending on what I am doing. The AMTS sure is easy and provides a consistent long burning smoke. I originally only had it for low temperature smoke but I find that I am using it more and more. Todd has a great selection of types of wood pellets and he has the best customer service in the business. Definitely worth looking at.
It looks like you have a pretty good airspace between your burner and the floor, but given the pictures as S2K9K's fire I would probably opt for overkill and but some type ceramic tile covered with a sheet of aluminum directly under the burner. I have a propane burner on legs that is 6" off the floor but his pictures still made me take another close look at my build.
I look forward to hearing how your build smokes. I am sure that it is going to be great.