First Run Using New Smoker

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by jeffesonm, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower

    Howdy folks... just got done with the first run of sausage on my new homemade smoker.  It is constructed from a old sheet pan rackfrom a bakery with some sides/doors made from sheet steel and square bar.  The walls, doors and top are insulated with high temp insulation and it's powered by a 1500w replacement brinkmann element.  For temp control I put together an Arduino-based system that uses some Maverick probes and switches the element using a SSR.  Some pictures are below.  Here are some of the the pages I used for reference:

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/fo...ow-to-for-making-an-arduino-controlled-smoker

    http://hruska.us/tempmon/

    http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1288631058

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    keep an eye on things while I'm at work...

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    And of course the end result........

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    The sausage was not bad... will go heavier on the smoke and seasoning next time.  Overall though I am very happy with how the smoker performed.  It help temps very well except for that one spike which I think was maybe some chips catching on fire.  It does look like it's having trouble getting up around 160 but I'm thinking the 20 degree ambient temp is the main culprit.  Looking forward to tweaking the setup and churning out more sausage in the near future.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like you can handle a lot of sausage in that bad boy for sure
     
  3. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Now thats just cool.Ibet you could stack a few pounds of meat in that bad boy.....
     
  4. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower

    For anyone else that comes across this and is trying to estimate what size heating element they need...

    The 1500w element is having trouble keeping temps any higher than 160... fine for sausage but not for butts.  Ambient temp is around 30 F which I suspect doesn't help.  The element is currently at the top of the bottom half of the smoker, so I'd guess the internal volume it's heating is 28"x18"x30", just under 9 cu f if my math is right.
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Well your sausage looks awesome and the smoker looks great but I might think about maybe using a gas burner for the higher temp smokes that you want to do.
     
  6. I'm going to attemp the same project that you have done, is there any tips you can give me on the code? I would like to be able to setup a sausage program that will increase the temp slowly up to 160 and then shutdown and posiibly alarm when the meat reaches 152. Also I have ordered some parts from sparkfun but asynclabs did not have the wishield, any suggestions?
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking build! Great looking sausage!
     
  8. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower

    Some updates here...

    Smoker has been working well overall.  It's getting a bit warmer here and the smoker gets up to 200-210 or so when the ambient temperature is around 70.  I'm going to try and seal things off better and hope that combined with another 10+ degrees of summer will put me into the 225 range for butts.  We may be re-doing our kitchen this summer so if I have the electrician around I may just go ahead and run a 220V outlet so I can just use an oven element and be done with it.

    Guess I can't upload attachments so I'll post my current code in case it helps anyone.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  9. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower


     
  10. Okay it just got way to Sci-Fi for me! [​IMG]  LOL
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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