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Drum Smoker Build- I need help from the electronics wizards

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by frank621, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. 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???