Need help with element for BIG smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mjackleyjr, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. mjackleyjr

    mjackleyjr Newbie

    Hi Guys,

    I'm new to the forum but have been reading a lot of sweet info on here!  Currently I have an old steel refrigerator setup that I bought at an auction for $20...  It has the rheostat and an electric oven burner (small one) and a bunch of wiring in the bottom.  It runs off of 220 and maintains temp like no other!  This thing is sweet!  Redneck Fabulous!  Identical to a lot of setups on here...

    Here's my issue...  I smoke a ton of sausage and jerky etc...  I needed a bigger smoker.  My work was actually throwing away an FWE Plate\food warmer (an E-960 model)  This thing is like 6 feet tall, 5 feet wide, and like 2.5 feet deep...  It currently runs off of 110 and has 3 500W elements... has all the circulation fans etc...  My cost $100...

    It is supposed to hold temps of UP TO 190.  I cant get it to go over 150 in the cold (2 hrs to reach that temp)...  Can I gut this thing and use the same type setup as in my smaller fridge smoker? 

    Main question being how big of element, how many elements, do I need?  I would like it to hit the 250 degree mark max  but easily come up to and maintain temp.  I would like it to run off the same 220 source.  I am not sure how many amp breaker it is but it has never tripped with the fridgey smoker... Any ideas?

    Thanks!

    ~Mike
     

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