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Sorry about that. I was more focused on the fire pictures than the author. Who ever's fire it was it made me take a close look at my smoker.
I use the AMTS for both cold and hot smoking. With just it running and outside temperatures in the 60's my smoker ran in the 70's so it does not put out much heat. I also have a lot of venting so that helps. I like having it mounted on the door. But as someone pointed out the unit does get pretty hot so be sure that you have enough insulating material protecting your door. I have ceramic tile and hardie backer and it works great. I would also put it at very slight angle (1/2 " higher at one end) to help keep the pellets in the tube.
I am sure that I should have done more research on the type of tile but I had some cheap ceramic tile from HD so I just used it and so far I have not had any problems. (keeping fingers crossed). I had not thought about using high temp silicon to hold it in place. I think that would work fine. The tile in my smoker is all held place with a lip of metal at the top or free floating on the floor.
I am not sure that you need un-glazed tile. I used a simple beige colored tile 18' x 18" that sold for $0.88 a square foot. I have not had any problems at all. No cracking or breaking and I have run up to 335 degrees. I did a little research and the general consensus on the internet is that almost all ceramic tile is fireproof. So I am not sure that you really need anything special. I know there are some other smoke houses that have been shown here that also used tile in the firebox and I don't think they used anything special. I could be wrong but right now ignorance is bliss.
Based on Todd's recommendation, I ordered the AMNPS ... I might have to put in some additional air vents on the bottom, but I'll first see how it works as is and they will be easy to add later on if need be. Ordered some adjustable clamp latches that should get here by Friday and bought a 16"x16" ceramic tile at Lowes that they had on sale, so I'll install that on the bottom. Should be able to finish this project Saturday if everything comes in on time ... I'll probably paint it some time later - right now I'd rather tryout the smoker versus watch paint dry
Couple of questions about your controller.
Why do you have the digital temp gauge? Doesn't the PID show the chamber temp?
Is that red round thing a light?
Is the front of the PID weatherproof?
I'm kicking around ideas of what kind of enclosure I want to build my controller into.
I use the digital temp gauge to display the internal meat temperature with a second temperature sensor. The red round thing is a lighted alarm that I have wired to the PID ... not sure I'd need it, but its there if I do. I don't know if the PID is waterproof, I have the enclosure mounded on the smoker so that it's removable ... I'm thinking of making an outdoor enclosure around the PID just to make sure.
I ended up only putting a single 16x16" tile under the element kit. I had to cut a square on one end of the tile for the element cord and one square on the other side for the air vent. This element kit comes with a round sheet metal plate with a support platform that the element sits on, so there is air space between the element and the metal plate. So on the bottom of my smoker it's element-> 1" air space->metal plate->1/2" ceramic tile->aluminum sheet metal->1/2" concrete board->insulation->siding.