I'm new to the forum but have been reading a lot of sweet info on here! Currently I have an old steel refrigerator setup that I bought at an auction for $20... It has the rheostat and an electric oven burner (small one) and a bunch of wiring in the bottom. It runs off of 220 and maintains temp like no other! This thing is sweet! Redneck Fabulous! Identical to a lot of setups on here...
Here's my issue... I smoke a ton of sausage and jerky etc... I needed a bigger smoker. My work was actually throwing away an FWE Plate\food warmer (an E-960 model) This thing is like 6 feet tall, 5 feet wide, and like 2.5 feet deep... It currently runs off of 110 and has 3 500W elements... has all the circulation fans etc... My cost $100...
It is supposed to hold temps of UP TO 190. I cant get it to go over 150 in the cold (2 hrs to reach that temp)... Can I gut this thing and use the same type setup as in my smaller fridge smoker?
Main question being how big of element, how many elements, do I need? I would like it to hit the 250 degree mark max but easily come up to and maintain temp. I would like it to run off the same 220 source. I am not sure how many amp breaker it is but it has never tripped with the fridgey smoker... Any ideas?