Moving a post over here from the the Wood Smoker section as I have questions on how to add an electric heating element to my Lang 48" Patio
The main reason to do this is so I can smoke sausage in the 120-170 range. I think building a fire with wood/charcoal would be too hard to keep these low temperatures.
I will fire away:
- I was thinking of using a 1500w Brinkmann element (http://www.amazon.com/Brinkmann-812-3323-0-Smokeshop-Electric-Converter/dp/B0000AUSHQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top#customerReviews) for the heat. My plan was to place this under the reverse flow plate on the smoker. Do you think this would be enough to get the smoker up to 120-170?
- I know a lot out there use a PID controller but I am really trying to keep the cost down. I found this router speed controller (http://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9410-20-Amp-Router-Control/dp/B001NIK6PC/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1421862470&sr=1-1&keywords=router+speed+control+20+amp&pebp=1421862493260&peasin=B001NIK6PC) that I also think can do the job. I know I can't input a specific temperature but I could at least dial it into the range I want. These together are around $85 total...the range I wanted to spend.
- Assuming both of the above would work ok together - can i simply put the heating element under the reverse flow plate and run the plug out the firebox to the router speed controller setting outside of the firebox? Would there be an issue with the cord from the heating element being inside the smoker (prior to it leaving through a damper wheel on the firebox)? I know the heat is going to rise but was concerned about melting the cord.
- I plan on using my A-MAZE-N for smoke generation. Would you put that under the reverse flow plate or set it on the bottom grate in the smoker?
- Anything else that you would recommend?
Thanks in advance for any input!