Has anyone done a mailbox type mod for a smoke vault 24? I have tried putting my AMNPS inside the smoke vault but it does add some heat and it is tough to keep the pellets lit. I want to cold smoke cheese and salmon so I want the vault to stay as cool as possible. I was thinking that I could rivet a duct flange over one of the side vents without having to cut a big hole in the smoker and attach the hose from the mailbox to it with a clamp. This way I could remove the hose if I wanted to and smoke as usual. I live in Virginia and it is quite warm now so I may have to wait for cooler days.
Has anyone done something similar or is this a waste of time?
One other question, I smoked a brisket on Saturday and after preheating my smoker, I put the brisket in at 4:00pm and turned the burner down to smoke at 225 degrees. I had my Maverick 732 hooked up and went inside for a bit. After a while the low temp alarm went off so I went back out and found out that the flame had gone out but the gas was still flowing. I waited a bit to relight it and it did not go out again. This seems quite dangerous to me. I was hoping to do an all night smoke but was concerned about the burner so I pulled the brisket out at 10:00pm and put it in the oven at 225 overnight. I pulled it out of the oven at 10:30 am and wrapped in foil and towels and left it in a cooler for three hours. The brisket turned out awesome!
Is there any type of mod that I can do to add a pilot light protection valve that will keep the burner lit or shut the gas off if it goes out? I have a gas homebrew system that uses honeywell standing pilot gas valves and pilot lights that are controlled by PIDs to regulate temperatures in my vessels. I was wondering if something similar could be done to a gas smoker.