So I just wanted to check here and see if anyone might have any tips. I will copy & paste my email below to Auber, but I'm basically wondering:
1. If anyone is using the 1800 Brinkmann Replacement Element in freezing conditions (20-32F)? And how hot they can go.
2. If anyone has any suggestions on how thick an extension cord should be to run a 1800 watt element?
Thanks in advance
Email to Auber
I recently purchased the Auber WSD-1500 GPH from you guys. I am having some issues with it heating up my element. Sorry for the long story, but want to make sure you get the facts.
So I built a fridge smoker, using a Brinkmann 1800 Watt replacement element. When I first got the Auber I did a seasoning run. It was about 20F outside and the Auber got the temp up to 325; which is perfect for me!
I did a 6lb Pork butt last week, temperature outside is about 40F, and the Auber got the element up to about 225, but it took an awfully long time. Then I was running behind so i wanted to go up to 300, to speed things up. But it wouldnt't go past 250. Thinking this was a fluke or conditions or something I just let it be and finished int he oven.
Now I am doing 2 racks of ribs. It is 38F outside and the Auber will not push the element past 200 degrees; even though I have the auber set to 275. So thinking logically, I unplugged the element from the Auber and plugged it directy into the outlet, and then the temp started to rise to the 225, but now I don't have a PID, so when the temp gets too hot I have to open the door to cool it a bit and then close it again and let it build up temp.
So I am wondering if there is something wrong with the Auber? I am going to do a factory reset and do a dry run once the ribs are done , but do you guys have any tips or suggestions on what might be wrong and why the element will heat high enough on it's own, but not when it is attached to the Auber?
The only other thing I can think of is maybe my extension cord is not thick enough to transfer all that energy? If this is the case, what size/length or specifications of an extension cord should I use?
Thanks for your time.