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I will up date the progress as I go along!
Not sure what kind of spray adhesive you're talking about. I would use food safe red RTV, but that's only because I happen to have some.
u will be fine with the spray adhesive! it wont be in the inside box! if u r worried drill a couple of holes on outside the diameter of a couple of SS screws so after your first couple of test runs you can put the screws in! the adhesive will have gassed by then!
I would avoid the brinkman element, 2 would heat it no problem, but you have to put a hole in the bottom of the house because of the design of them.
I would look at 2 finned strip heaters, one on each side. If you can access the bottom area under the smoker then you can put a couple of 1.5" sink drain flanges under a finned strip heater, it acts as air intake directly below the heater and also as a drain. just keep a few pans under it for any drippings, roil it over a drain or outside to spray it out.
I have great success with the finned strip heaters through Omega supply. The key is to use a really good digital controller. I recomedn the Auberins dual pid plug n play 1800w. This controller will allow you to decrease the power to the element so it doesn't run at full power and burn out.
The strip heters can only be under 100% power with forced air, in an oven with no forced air they over heat and burn out if ran at 100%. That's an issue ive read about several guys having with them, but they were unable to control the power output to the heater so they burned out.
ive had good success with finned strip heater in my last buil;d and using the same on again in a friends current build. Its a smaller house though, just a regular vintage fridge.
The finned strip heaters cannot be used with full power to them unless they have forced air moving across them.
You have to buy one rated for a still air oven that falls within the dimension and temps required for the space.
The other, and easier option, is to buy a digital controller that will allow you to decrease the total power output to the element, like the dual controller from Auberins. http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14_28&products_id=381
The smd-100 is almost the same, but where it differs is that it is just a 12vdc power out that controls a solid state relay that switches the element on and off, it doesn't allow you to change the output power settings.
The dual probe is only for 1800w elements, but you can still run a 220v element with it and with the required decrease in power needed for a still air smoker you likely will have to drop what ever finned strip heater you get to 1800w or lower anyways, ! large one or a couple of 16-17", one on each side, will be plenty to heat that bad boy up.
The oven element will work at full power. use any controller to run it.
I suggest the finned strip heaters because they are the easiest to mount in the most central locations for the most even upward air flow and heat distributions., they require a much smaller footprint and are easier to adjust your height off the bottom, easier to clean around and easier to install and wire. work very well, available in far more options to find the best one for application,
but that's just my opinion. theres so many ways to build it. go with what works for ya.
you should be able to run 2 x 110v 1800w elements off the controller if everything is wired correctly with the right power supply.
ill talk with a friend of mine you is an electrician and makes sure I am wiring this kind of stuff right.
BOTH CONTROLLERS USE A SOLID STATE RELAY, which means full output or no output THE ADVANTAGE TO THE SMD IS YOU ARE NOT LIMITED TO 1800 WATTS
The difference is that the dual probe plug nhave a small dc output to control a play is self contained and doesn't output a small DC charge to opn and close the SSR.
The PID he is considering requires a separate SSR and because of the way it operates there is no way to decrease the power out put through the SSR. The dual Probe allows for this because it can control the current passing through the controller to the element.
Its a fairly big difference between the two.