Originally Posted by CrankyBuzzard
What temps do you want to run at?
What do you want to smoke?
What is the amperage problem? Undersized wiring in the building or having to use an extension cord?
Many of the hot plates will require close to the same amperage as the electric MB.
For JUST smoking, and NOT cooking to an IT, a cardboard box and an AMAZEN smoke tray or tube will get you going.
A little history, here:
I started with a Brinkmann (ECB) in 2013 and decided we really liked smoking, but the unit didn't have adjustable temperature and it was such a pain to work with, so this spring I got a MES 30 and liked it a lot (was getting ready to get an AMAZEN). I had been using the patio outside outlet, which is GFI on a 15A breaker. This same circuit, however, services both bathrooms and the garage. While smoking one day in June the outlet just quit working. No tripped breaker or GFI. I can handle basic home wiring, but GFI is a little over my head so we brought in an electrician. According to him, even though a 15A circuit should be enough normally, a GFI circuit is a little different, and we were operating just under the max; not enough to trip the GFI or breaker but enough to slowly cook the GFIs. Had to replace 4 outlets. He said the space heater we sometimes use in the garage wasn't good, but in his opinion the smoker was the culprit. He said the wiring wouldn't handle it and there's no room for another 20A. We now use a Masterbuilt 2-door gas and have been fine with that. We still have the MES, but have promised it to a daughter in law (and anyway even broaching the subject of using it for anything is a no-no).
All I want to smoke is sausage, which I've recently gotten interested in and have noticed a couple of builds here that use hot plates. I guess 100 to 130 degrees is what most of you do with sausages.
I would like to smoke some sausage.