Drum Smoker Build- I need help from the electronics wizards

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Original poster
Jul 24, 2008
Las Vegas
I have a double 55 gal drum build with one being the smoking chamber and the other as a fire box.

I just bought an Auber Ins. PID Controller, All in One:


and hooked it up to a Grainger (Tempco) Finned Strip Heater:


using PFA Glass Insulated High Temperature Heater Hook-up Wire:


I cannot get the heater past 122 degrees. I have 120v coming from the controller to the tips of the wires then when I connect the wires to the heater I drop to 112v

I have reversed the wires on the heater, as originally I didnt think there was a positive or negative, but it didnt change anything.

The heater, in theory, should be glowing red/orange. Any idea what I am doing wrong???

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