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Hot plate in a gasser?

lodi dick

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    I am interested in making summer sausage or ring bologna in my Smoke Hollow 44 Gasser.  I know I'm unable to get the temps low enough to get started on it. I guess my ? is, has anyone put a hot plate in their smoker to smoke sausage and if so, what is the best way to regulate temps?  I was thinking of hot plate and sawdust.  Any input to this rookie sausage enthusiast?
 

dirtsailor2003

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What you need is a needle valve for your gas control. I can control mine anywhere from 120 to 500+. Search here for needle valve and you''ll fine numerous threads.

A hot plate won't get your smoker up to the higher temps needed for sausage. Also hit plates have auto cut outs to limit the power.

You'd need a minimum 1500-1800 watt element and a PID controller to make electric work.
 

pete mazz

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I've used one for years with a cast iron skillet. Get the wood smoking first and then regulate temp with the burner. On my current smoker I installed an electric element with a thermostat that gets plugged in from the exterior of the smoker.

 

lodi dick

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   Thanks for the input.   I understand about the needle valve to lower the flame, however I'm paranoid about the wind blowing it out  (outside)  and dumping gas inside.  1500 watt hot plate with a thermostat attached should work IMO.  I've been thinking about the bulb on a capillary tube type controller I've seen used in hvac  systems just don't know where to get one yet.
 

murraysmokin

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I started using a hot plate in my propane with tbe amazen smoker for summer sausage. I was just struggling with maintaining consistent temps that low with the propane.
 

lodi dick

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Thanks Murray, what size hot plate are you using?  Also will it get up to 170 degrees to finish?
 

murraysmokin

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I found a old school double hot plate would have to check actual size but one side on low & the other on med low it kept 174 - 176 yesterday in michigan for about 6 hrs no problem cooler temps peior to that for a 10 hr smoke. I was thinking a PID controller & i would be good to go for sticks & ss.
 

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