OK, I have been using a ECB for a few years now. I have convinced myself that I would smoke more if it were not such a hands on experience. A friend of mine recently picked up a Smokin-it electric smoker and he thinks it is fantastic. So, looking to get the ease of an electric smoker, without the expense, I wonder if I can do something similar.
According to my calculations, I need about 50 BTU to maintain 250 degrees in the ECB. A 1000 Watt hot plate puts out more than 3000 (gleaning information from the web).
So the plan is simple. Soak wood chips and put them in the ECB basin that I would normally put wood chips and charcoal in. I would then cover the wood chips with an aluminium pie tin to keep air away from them so as not to allow them to catch on fire. I would then place the hot plate under the basin and use that to heat the ECB as well as create smoke from the chips.
What bad things am I inviting to happen?