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Questions on heating element in smoker build

Canadagrown

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Hi there. I’m currently building an electric smoker out of an old fridge. I know there’s a fridge smoker section but I just wanted to post here as well to get more input. I’m struggling to figure out the proper heating element for my smoker. I would like to have something powerful enough to get up to 400°. I plan on using the Auber PID that is 1800W rated. The brinkman 1500W element that gets mentioned often on here is $170 up in Canada and that is a bit pricey. Is it possible to power my smoker to this level using 120v? Or would I need 220v? For portability 120 would be better, but whatever works. I’m also concerned about the element being too hot where it exits the smoke chamber, where the insulation will be.

I’m not an electrician and don’t wanna die. Any and all help with getting this thing wired up and heated up is appreciated.

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Winterrider

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This may work for you. Not sure if your going to get 400° ? Doubt it
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JckDanls 07

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Myself.. I think it's going to be tough getting 400` out of a 120v element... I doubled up on elements (800w & 1500w) for my smokehouse (3x3x4)... I don't go over 180` with it though.. I just wanted it to recover quicker after opening the door ...

I think I read somebody's post where they found a 1800w , 120v element somewhere... but I'm thinking a 220v element... I used two elements from a stove (bake, broil) for my big smokehouse (6' tall)...
 

Canadagrown

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Myself.. I think it's going to be tough getting 400` out of a 120v element... I doubled up on elements (800w & 1500w) for my smokehouse (3x3x4)... I don't go over 180` with it though.. I just wanted it to recover quicker after opening the door ...

I think I read somebody's post where they found a 1800w , 120v element somewhere... but I'm thinking a 220v element... I used two elements from a stove (bake, broil) for my big smokehouse (6' tall)...
Ok well not a huge deal if i gotta go 220v. I have a plug outside my garage. Is there anything fancy I gotta do for wiring a 220v element? Also, I’m concerned about the portion between the smoke chamber and the outer shell, where the insulation goes. Most of the elements I’ve seen have a portion of the element that would extend into this area. Not sure how to address that problem. Doesn’t seem practical and potentially dangerous.
 

Winterrider

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Also, I’m concerned about the portion between the smoke chamber and the outer shell, where the insulation goes. Most of the elements I’ve seen have a portion of the element that would extend into this area. Not sure how to address that problem. Doesn’t seem practical and potentially dangerous.
Maybe cut out and use some type of metal box insert,( similar to electrical outlet box ) if able to cut out decently ? Mount burner to backside of box. High temp silicone around box ?
 

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