Howdy folks... just got done with the first run of sausage on my new homemade smoker. It is constructed from a old sheet pan rackfrom a bakery with some sides/doors made from sheet steel and square bar. The walls, doors and top are insulated with high temp insulation and it's powered by a 1500w replacement brinkmann element. For temp control I put together an Arduino-based system that uses some Maverick probes and switches the element using a SSR. Some pictures are below. Here are some of the the pages I used for reference: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/fo...ow-to-for-making-an-arduino-controlled-smoker http://hruska.us/tempmon/ http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1288631058 keep an eye on things while I'm at work... And of course the end result........ The sausage was not bad... will go heavier on the smoke and seasoning next time. Overall though I am very happy with how the smoker performed. It help temps very well except for that one spike which I think was maybe some chips catching on fire. It does look like it's having trouble getting up around 160 but I'm thinking the 20 degree ambient temp is the main culprit. Looking forward to tweaking the setup and churning out more sausage in the near future.