Where do most get salvage thermostats for homemade elec

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by acs55812, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. acs55812

    acs55812 Fire Starter

    I am helping a buddy make a fridge smoker, we are wondering the cheapest/best route to get heat and thermostat. It seems a kitchen range would have all the parts we need, but for some reason the first one on the curb didn't seem to have a working oven thermostat. (or we did something wrong hooking it up!!)

    Is this where most of you get the heat and controls or are we looking in the wrong place?

  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The controls in an electric stove will work fine, you just have to find one that works...

    A good place to start looking is at shops that do appliance rebuilding and used appliance stores...

    You should be able to find what you need from free to a few buck out of a stove they plan on junking...

    Also you might want to watch the free section of craig's list and any freecycle or freeshare sites in your area...
  3. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I didn't pull a thermostat but I had my best luck at an appliance store that does repairs. I was searching for high temp wire and connectors to rewire my MES. Guy at the appliance store said "hey we have some stoves out back to be picked up for junk". Said I was welcomed to go back there and get anything I wanted before they picked it up.
  4. bud lite

    bud lite Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    From my experience when I tried it.....
    Most all kitchen ranges are made for 220 volts.
    When you run them on 110 volts, you don't get just 1/2 the heat---
    NO, you get 1/4 the heat. [​IMG]
    That's not enuff to do the job.
    Unless, you are doing some smoking at really low temps.

    Don't take my word for it. Make a temporary lashup. Hook it to 110 volts.
    See what happens. [​IMG]

    Let us know.
    p.s. Now, it you want to run it on 220 volts, that would be fine.
  5. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You don't use the burner, just the controls and thermostat, You need a burner that runs on 110v.
  6. bud lite

    bud lite Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    OK, that should work.
  7. acs55812

    acs55812 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the replies. Haven't had time to get back to this yet---we are trying to use 220 in the shop, not 110.

    Will stop by a repair shop today I hope for some advice and spare parts, still can't imagine how we hooked up two wrong--I guess some days your the bug and somedays your the windshield!

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