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post #1 of 11
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Hey all. I am getting my first smoker next weekend (Brinkmann Electric Gourmet). The smoker i am getting i was told to put something over the heating element to put my wood chip box on, so it dosen't sit directly on the heating element. I am looking for the correct distance away from the element. I don't want to be too close or not close enough. Any ideas?
post #2 of 11

Re: wood chip box distance

i put chips in foil pan-- i would cover with cheapo aluminum foil--
poke a few holes in cover---

then i set it pan directly on the heating element..

its like putting a pan on electric stove..
hope this helps
post #3 of 11
What I use is an iron skillet and it sits on top of the element. Not sure why they said to not place it on the element
post #4 of 11

Re: wood chip box distance

I was told that the cast iron smoker box would damage the element over time if it was in direct contact with it. Made sense when I heard it but is there any truth to it? Since hearing that I've been putting the smoker box on top of a pepper roasting rack that straddles the element. I squished it down so the smoker box rests about 1/4 of an inch above the element. Not sure if it's necessary after these replies though... anyone? :?:
post #5 of 11
Not sure what the real world says about cast iron on the element but in my world I have been doing it since 2004 with out any issues.

Worst case I will need to replace my element which I got this one at Wally world for $25 and it has been working for over 2 years now and at price I will risk it.

If your element cost more you may want to look into it thought
post #6 of 11

Re: wood chip box distance

"Worst case I will need to replace my element which I got this one at Wally world for $25 and it has been working for over 2 years now and at price I will risk it. "

Putting it that way makes my worries seem petty. By the way, when you refer to your element, is it simply an adjustable electric eye? If so, does it have a plastic casing and knob? Why doesn't it melt? What temps can/do you use it at?
Thanks!
post #7 of 11

Re: wood chip box distance

hello hello,
if your wood chips smoulder on top of pepper rsck---i dont under stand the worry??????
post #8 of 11

Re: wood chip box distance

I was told if you get your pan/box is too close to the electric junction (where coil meets wiring) the heat can’t dissipate from the coil and cools off to protect circuit), so I just keep it toward other side, ats all! wink.gif
post #9 of 11
Payson, I just purchased a electric hot plate and yes it has adjustable knobs. Which I do use in order to keep the burner on longer. Usually do not have to adjust much just once during the winter and a few times in the summer
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Re: wood chip box distance

Hey CHeech where did ya get the hot plate from and how many watts is it?
post #11 of 11
I picked it up at Wally world. As for the watts, I am not sure I will check next time I get a moment. It is just a standard dual electrci burner hot plate
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