wood chip box distance

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by smokehouse, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Hey all. I am getting my first smoker next weekend (Brinkmann Electric Gourmet). The smoker i am getting i was told to put something over the heating element to put my wood chip box on, so it dosen't sit directly on the heating element. I am looking for the correct distance away from the element. I don't want to be too close or not close enough. Any ideas?
     
  2. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i put chips in foil pan-- i would cover with cheapo aluminum foil--
    poke a few holes in cover---

    then i set it pan directly on the heating element..

    its like putting a pan on electric stove..
    hope this helps
     
  3. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What I use is an iron skillet and it sits on top of the element. Not sure why they said to not place it on the element
     
  4. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    I was told that the cast iron smoker box would damage the element over time if it was in direct contact with it. Made sense when I heard it but is there any truth to it? Since hearing that I've been putting the smoker box on top of a pepper roasting rack that straddles the element. I squished it down so the smoker box rests about 1/4 of an inch above the element. Not sure if it's necessary after these replies though... anyone? :?:
     
  5. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not sure what the real world says about cast iron on the element but in my world I have been doing it since 2004 with out any issues.

    Worst case I will need to replace my element which I got this one at Wally world for $25 and it has been working for over 2 years now and at price I will risk it.

    If your element cost more you may want to look into it thought
     
  6. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    "Worst case I will need to replace my element which I got this one at Wally world for $25 and it has been working for over 2 years now and at price I will risk it. "

    Putting it that way makes my worries seem petty. By the way, when you refer to your element, is it simply an adjustable electric eye? If so, does it have a plastic casing and knob? Why doesn't it melt? What temps can/do you use it at?
    Thanks!
     
  7. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hello hello,
    if your wood chips smoulder on top of pepper rsck---i dont under stand the worry??????
     
  8. I was told if you get your pan/box is too close to the electric junction (where coil meets wiring) the heat can’t dissipate from the coil and cools off to protect circuit), so I just keep it toward other side, ats all! [​IMG]
     
  9. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Payson, I just purchased a electric hot plate and yes it has adjustable knobs. Which I do use in order to keep the burner on longer. Usually do not have to adjust much just once during the winter and a few times in the summer
     
  10. Hey CHeech where did ya get the hot plate from and how many watts is it?
     
  11. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I picked it up at Wally world. As for the watts, I am not sure I will check next time I get a moment. It is just a standard dual electrci burner hot plate
     

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