I currently have a bigger smoker that a buddy helped me build. Its great for large amounts of sticks and summer sausage but, it's just to big for those smaller smoking tasks. Not to mention it runs off of 220 and that becomes difficult at times. If I ever move etc, ill have to have 220 to operate it.
The fridge build I am thinking about is a single door build. (Mine currently is double door) The guy that im getting it from believes it to be 30" x 30' at least (assuming that is width x Deep). He has it in storage so I haven't been able to get a look at it and get true dimensions.. I am wanting to get a list of materials that will make this smoker awesome and efficient!
Questions I have for you fellas...
What size 110v heating element would you recommend ( with smoking in cold temps in mind, I live in Iowa)?
What size exhaust would you use for the smoke stack/damper?
I also want to be able to use sawdust (hickory) as I can get 40lb bags all day for little to nothing in my hometown. Its cost efficient to use the sawdust. Therefore, I want my build to be able to use sawdust. Any suggestions?
Would you guys wire up a PID controller? If so what model brand?
Another thing that my build currently lacks sometimes, is when drying out jerky the air flow doesn't circulate very evenly. Would you guys recommend some side holes/fans or whatever to get that air moving through better?
I am also OPEN for any suggestions and will post pics of the exact unit once I can get over there to check it out. Right now I am going off of what he has told me. Thanks in advance