Electric smoke house advice needed please

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by haeffnkr, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. haeffnkr

    haeffnkr Fire Starter


    I am looking to build a smoke box/house.

    Basically a bigger version of a MES smoker.

    I am thinking about 6' tall 3' wide and 12-16 deep.

    Thinking about 1/2 Plywood construction with blue board 1 or 1.5 insulation then maybe additional 1/4 OSB on the outside of the insulation.

    I want use this for cold and hot smoking sausage. I want to load it up with 50 pounds of sausage at a time. 

    For smoke I want to use the Amazing Smoker pellets, probably in a mail box mod, this way I can easily smoke cold or hot.

    For heat I want to use a controller to run the electric element, probably 1500 watts or maybe even 2 - 1000 watt plates.

    I dont have a problem setting up the controller with a relay or scr etc to run the elements.

    My question is ... can I generate enough heat from the hot plates(s) to get the temp up to 250? 

    If not .... what other ways can I generate heat and control it to my desired set point temp?

    thanks in advance

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoke below 140 then cook the meat in your oven or steamer or simmer in water...... Don't worry about getting to 250...
  3. haeffnkr

    haeffnkr Fire Starter

    Thanks for the ideas.

    I really want to keep it all in the box until it is done cooking though.

    thanks Kevin
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2015
  4. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Good insulation and proper venting with a big enough element or 2 I don't see why not. You could even pipe smoke in from an old woodstove to supplement the heat on cold days. Honestly I think you could do it.

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