I need some advice on how big of an element I will need. The house will be 30"X30"X72" (inside dimensions), it will be lined with Durock (concrete backerboard) and well insulated. I was going to go with a 1500 watt element but the PID controller I'm looking at (Auber WS-1200-CPH) is only rated for 1200 watts so now I am wondering if an 1100 watt element (taken from a hot plate) will be big enough to heat the house. I am only planning on smoking sausage and jerky in it so I only need a maximum temp of about 170*. I am also planning on having a thermal mass mounted a few inches above the element for better heat displacement, will probably use a 16"X16" unglazed ceramic tile or slate tile.
Any advice on if the 1100 watt element will be greatly appreciated, also if anyone has any experience they can share about the PID I will appreciate that too.
I plan on getting started on building the house this weekend so I'm asking this now so I can adjust the size if needed but would like to stay close to this size.
I have read and read and read about this but can't really find anything on how big of an element for how big of a chamber. Two weeks ago I knew nothing about electric smokers or PID's and Thanks to SMF I have a pretty good understanding of them now!