Hi all. New here. I have been reading posts about hot plates and such. For myself I parted out an electric stove and rigged one of the largest elements using controls from the stove. It is 220 but I plug it into my welding outlet in my garage. Works great. For my chip pan I use an 80 cast iron skillet. My most recent smoker I built from a 55 gal drum and insulated it with a water heater blanket. So far temperature has been easy to maintain and has been working well. I am currently working on building one from the stove that I gutted. I will let you know how that works out. Might have gutted the stove too soon. Lol. But old electric stoves are in good supply!