I'm a bit new here, so please bear with me. I have a 40" Landman digital electric smoker that fluctuates in temp over 30-40 degrees sometimes. I bought this cheap PID
from Amazon based on a few good words from this site. Then, I realized that it has a 1100W limit, while my smoker has a 1200W element. I initially thought it might be ok as long as I don't turn the smoker all the way up to it's max heat setting (275), but I don't think that's the correct way of thinking. I think that the heating element is probably at full (1200W) every time it goes on. This seems like it would kill the cheap PID that has a 1100W limit. What do you people think?
Is there a cheap fix for this, or should I buy a PID with a higher watt limit? Maybe there is some kind of adjuster (rheostat?) that I can plug in after the PID to lower the wattage used by the smoker. Will this work, or would it run the risk of damaging the smoker?
Thanks for your help,