Need Help With Electric Heating Element

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by barbasol, May 29, 2013.

  1. barbasol

    barbasol Newbie

    Hey Guys, newbie from California here. I've been reading a lot and finally registered to ask my first question.

    I have a wine barrel smoker that i have been using charcoal in but I want to use an electric element for an upcoming overnight smoke. Just feel more comfortable with electricity than a fire in a wooden barrel overnight!

    The problem I'm having is if I put any sort of drip pan or the metal tray I use for charcoal suspended over the element I cannot get temp higher than 200. The foil pan and metal tray seem to disperse heat but not to where i need it at the grates if that makes sense. Without the tray I can get close to 300.

    I dont want to have the heating element exposed and catch drips and possible flare up so I was thinking about covering the element with lava rocks.

    Any other ideas you guys might have? Should I just leave the element exposed?

    It is a Brinkman Electric Element convertor found here 

    1500 watts hooked to a variac for temp control
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    barbasol, morning and welcome to the forum.....   200 should be fine for an all night smoke...  Do not puncture the meat by injection or thermometer...  Whole muscle is considered "sterile" inside... injecting or probing introduces bacteria into the meat.... perfect place for bacterias to grow...  once the outside has reached 145 or so, a sterilized therm can be inserted to check the temp.....

    try the element without the variac... see what the temp is also....    I have used one that reduced the wattage on the output....

    Please take a moment and stop into " /Roll Call/   " and introduce yourself and get a proper welcome from our members.... Also, if you would note your location in your profile, it will help in the future when answering questions about smokin'...   elevation, humidity etc....    

    We're glad you stopped in and joined our group...    Enjoy the long smokey ride....     Dave

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