- Joined Nov 15, 2013
I am in the design stage of my smokehouse. I want to built it 3x3x6 inside dimensions. I plan on using durock cement boards on the inside with insulation and plywood exterior. I have an old MES that crapped out on me (was my primary smoker for the last 4 years) that I am think about using this for my smoke and heat chamber. I am going to connect it to the main smokehouse with a insulated tube and use a fan motor to force the heat and smoke into the smoke house. This way I can turn off the heat if i want to cold smoke. My question is, what size heat element would I need to heat the smokehouse quickly to temps around 300 if I needed it? I looked at the design on sausagemaker.com and they use a 220v, 5000w element to heat a chamber half the size I want to build. I have read on another post that you could use a TSI tubular heating element (I think he recommended a 1000w element for this size), but would this be enough to do what I need? I controlled my MES with a pid from Auberins and would like to use something similar in this build. Thanks for any suggestions!