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upgrading my smoker (need help)

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Well I have reconstructed a warming cabinet into a smoker.  I posted some pictures on here some time ago.  Anyhow I have run into a problem with the heat, or lack there of.  My cabinet only gets to a temp of about 160*F max on a hot day.  I need/want the temp to be higher somewhere around max temp 250-275*F.  I am using the element that was in the warmer.  My question is can I still use the same element maybe with a PID to increase the heat? can I bypass, or modify the thermostat that is in the cabinet.

 

if not what do I need to do.  Start with a new heat source.  If so any ideas on a set up for the heat.  I would like to stay with the electric heat if possible.

 

Thanks

Doug

post #2 of 3
Lab,

Can you give us an idea on size? Construction? Some pictures would be great. Take a look at the element...is there any info on it? Watts volts amps that info will help determine whether it is properly sized.

RG
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Warming cabinets are made to keep food hot. 160 is the max they run, usually food is held at no more than 130
Y
You'll have to see if you can switch out the electrical for a higher watt one or retro fit a new element in it.

Pics would help us.
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