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PID-Controlled Oven Build

scguy

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Here's my first foray into smoking. I decided against spending big money on a smoker until I get some delicious practice in first to see how much I'll actually use it. Found an old oven sitting curbside for free, things went from there.

Details: Rewired to 1!0V, original 220V element is now calculated at ~800W. It's enough to hit 350F, although it takes a while. It'll hit 250F in less than 10 minutes from cold, so that's good enough for me.
Inkbird ITC-106VH PID controller: first one was DOA, second works well. Can probably tune better, but it holds temp +-3F.
Smoke comes from an AMNPS tray in the mailbox, then through the ductwork into the bottom of the oven. First run smoked about 10 hours off of 1 tray.
Built a rolling cart from scrap lumber and HF furniture dolly casters.

Total cost is somewhere around $80.

The oven is a 1974 model GE. One of the first to offer self-cleaning, it's pretty well insulated, also, it's a bit of a unique size at 27".

The maiden run was a small pork butt for 9.5 hours at 225F. Flavor was fantastic, but it was a pretty sorry cut of meat.

It may not be pretty or make a smoke ring, but it's working fine for me.

Yall have a good one.

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Fueling Around

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Your first foray?
You have a setup that rivals many of the home builds.

Welcome from (almost Canada) Minnesotan.
 

Steve H

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I'm digging it! Pretty darn genius if you ask me. What wouldn't work better to hold heat then a oven! Point for sure.
 

Braz

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Lovin' the 70s avocado color.
 

banderson7474

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I need to know if that beast has a nickname? Green monster? The thing? Swampy? Gary? lol the options are endless!
 

tallbm

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Here's my first foray into smoking. I decided against spending big money on a smoker until I get some delicious practice in first to see how much I'll actually use it. Found an old oven sitting curbside for free, things went from there.

Details: Rewired to 1!0V, original 220V element is now calculated at ~800W. It's enough to hit 350F, although it takes a while. It'll hit 250F in less than 10 minutes from cold, so that's good enough for me.
Inkbird ITC-106VH PID controller: first one was DOA, second works well. Can probably tune better, but it holds temp +-3F.
Smoke comes from an AMNPS tray in the mailbox, then through the ductwork into the bottom of the oven. First run smoked about 10 hours off of 1 tray.
Built a rolling cart from scrap lumber and HF furniture dolly casters.

Total cost is somewhere around $80.

The oven is a 1974 model GE. One of the first to offer self-cleaning, it's pretty well insulated, also, it's a bit of a unique size at 27".

The maiden run was a small pork butt for 9.5 hours at 225F. Flavor was fantastic, but it was a pretty sorry cut of meat.

It may not be pretty or make a smoke ring, but it's working fine for me.

Yall have a good one.

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Hi there and welcome! Wow that is awesome hahaha.
I'm thinking your pork butt might have needed more time to hit an Internal Temp (IT) of like 205F+ which would make it pull apart tender for sure.

I look forward to seeing what else you smoke, this is a fun smoker! :)
 

dward51

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This adds a new meaning to the phrase "after wrapping in foil, I finished in the oven".....
 

mooncusser

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I am digging the Big Green Cube! Not sure what I like more - the color or the stack coming up thru the burner hole? Please tell me you plan to attach a bottle opener on it somewhere.
 
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