Warmer project - build it or sell the shell for more than I paid for it?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dward51, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Help a buddy out and sell him the warmer - use the money towards a MES 40?

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  2. Keep it and build it when I get around to it? (which might be a while)

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  1. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    For months I looked for a decent donor warmer to make an electric smoker from. Found a great unit with two convection fans and the heating element up top that is supposed to run at up to 220* "as is". It's a McCall single door reach in (full stainless) stationary model (it's big).

    Bumped into an old buddy yesterday who is looking for a warmer to use with his part time business (smoked meats of course). He offered me twice what I paid for the donor "as is" sight unseen even if it needs repair. I'm sort of torn between helping a buddy out or keeping the warmer for the build. I could take the money he offered and be most of the way to a MES 40 from Sam's though.

    I have not had the time to work on the conversion which is why I still have the warmer "as is". It's huge and with my time issues right now I think a MES makes more sense although it would be a lot smaller and I wanted to get into sausage smoking big time (including true fermented snack sticks).

    What should I do? (poll attached)

    This is the layout of the unit "as is". I've never seen one with the heater up top and the recirculation like this has. I was told it was nearly $4,000 when new. Note: The pellet tray and cover are all I need to add to make this a smoker if I keep the poly insulation in place. If I pull the insulation and replace with rockwool, you see the time involved.

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Depends on how good a friend he is.....  Loan it to him... If he goes out of business you get it back...  Get the keys to the place and use it when ever you want....  

    I would not change a thing.. run 220 v to it's new location.....  why change a perfectly good unit when it can be used the way it is....  

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