I want to build a stainless steel cabinet smoker, for either hot or cold smoke. Build the cab myself, but I need a good source for an electric element and thermostat, etc.
So maybe a sales place on the internet or mail order place?
I currently have a Royal Oak electric cabinet smoker. I've used it for about a year with overall great results. It has always been a little difficult maintaining the temperature, but I keep a good watch on it and haven't ruined a thing. Recently, the thermostat quit working completely, and the unit comes on full heat at any switch adjustment. Royal Oak has not been helpful at all even though unit was under warranty. Since I never was happy with the factory thermostat, my idea is to use the existing heat element with a "real" thermostat with a capillary tube installed inside the smoke box. The smoker operates on 110 voltage. Anyone with any ideas as to thermostats? I'd probably not bottom-mount as it is currently, but mount it on the side of unit for more convenient location.
Does anyone know what the diameter of that Brinkmann electric element is? I'm hoping I can use it in my uds but can't find any specifications on this site or the greater internet.
Also, a pizza place closed by me recently, and I salvaged a long straight heating element from the garbage. What are these elements made of? Would it be possible for me to bend it into a coil or would that destroy it?
I find electric grills in thrift shops all the time. I am modifying a Brinkman charcoal smoker to be electric fired. You can get a variable frequency control unit made to control the speed of electric motors from Harbor freight for cheap. A lot of DIY coffee roasters go that route. I have a 20 Amp Variac picked up at a garage sale and an electric grill element. It takes a lot of tending. The next iteration will use a T stat out of a toaster oven possibly the element as well. -$10.00 from a thrift store. But I am looking for a DIY smoke generator design. Because at low temps my burner doesn.t make smoke It works fine for hot smoking. I have 2 objections to buying a smoke generator. 1 I prefer to build or modify. 2 I have Alder and maple for heating my house and have access to apple wood from a friends orchard. Also cherry and peach.