Howdy, are you plugging the element into the PID controller or directly into the wall?
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The pictures I posted are of the 'unfinished' controller. But when its done, it will have a male plug, into the wall, and a female plug.
The smoker will plug into the PID controller, and the controller will plug into the wall. Basically an in-line temp regulator.
To hook a PID to an existing element in the MES 30.. yes you will have to take the back off and get to the wiring and bypass the stock electronics...
The Brinkmann electric I have now, has a 1500 watt element, and I bet I can probably only get it up to about 250° as a temp it could hold. Are you implying I could find a 1500 watt element that actually put out more heat than this one?
That would be fantastic if so. I'd rather have hotter, and then regulate it back down, to what I need for each smoke run.
I will guarantee that you'll be able to get higher than 250. The newer models of the MES have the same 1500 watt elements and the digital controller tops out at 275. I'm going to guess you'll be able to maintain something close to the 350 Jd has talked about. Remember that wasn't him maxing it out.
YOU NEED TO TEST. It's the only way to know.