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

    http://www.amazon.com/Temperature-Controller-TA6-SNR-SSR-25DA-Thermocouple/dp/B0087O6SCU/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_3?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1397741482&sr=1-3-fkmr2&keywords=1%2F16+DIN+PID+Temperature+Controller+%28Built-in+SSR+output%29

    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
     

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