need help puting a pid on a electric smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by john kelly, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. john kelly

    john kelly Fire Starter

    i have a basic electric smoker with a dial that goes from low to high,  im trying to put a pid on it and ive never done anything with a pid b4.   heres 1 ive been looking at

    does it look like a good 1 if not can u give some links to  better ones ill spend up to $50

    i need step by step instructions on how to hook it up i have a few Qs

    1 what other things do i need to make it work

    2 where on the cord do put it

    3 are they water proof or do i  need to build something to keep it dry
  2. Hi, John. I don't have a lot of knowledge on PID, but I got rhrough it with a lot of help from Forum members, notably Keith. The unit I have is from Auberins.  I don't believe you can do it for $50, probably close to $100. I built a small plywood box for mine. I will definitely try to keep mine dry. I ran a 12 guage cord with a plug into the box , did the wiring inside the box, and put a receptacle on the box. This way I only hook it up when I need it. I simply plug the cord on the box into my extension cord (also 12 guage ), and plug the smoker into the receptacle on the box.  By the way a relay is also required (SSR) between the PID and the smoker.  SSR is also available from Auberins. There probably other units available, but I only have knowledge of the unit I have. If you think it would be helpful, I could TRY to post pictures of my setup. Ernie  P.S. I expect to use it for the first time this weekend. I tried it ,and it holds temp where I set it, but have not actually smoked with it yet.
  3. john kelly

    john kelly Fire Starter

    ty for replying but i gave up on my electric smoker and bought a propane smoker.   im not sure but is there away to my propane smoker digital? 
  4. I'm pretty sure it could be done, but it would be complicated and expensive. Ernie

Share This Page