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Old 12-26-2018, 10:52 PM   #1
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Just bought a commercial refrigerator for $100. Iím gutting it tomorrow. I wanna make this a hot/cold smoker. I have a Big Kahuna cold smoke generator, so converting it to a cold smoker is the easy part.

Where I need some ideas is installing the heating element and pid.

Yíall have any ideals?




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Old 12-27-2018, 12:42 AM   #2
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They sell the elements that start charcoal in academy. Don’t know if you can regulate the settings
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They sell the elements that start charcoal in academy. Donít know if you can regulate the settings


I can buy an oven heating element.


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Old 12-27-2018, 09:47 AM   #4
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I am not any help, but I am in to see the finished product. Good luck.
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Old 12-27-2018, 09:49 AM   #5
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Old 12-27-2018, 09:56 AM   #6
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I have the same idea in mind, and have done some research on it. Smoking meat forums has some good info over there. https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/th...-smoker.85462/
My idea was to get a generic PID controller off amazon and have it run a relay that operated the heating element. Tuning seems to be the biggest challenge, but seems doable. Good luck to you, let us know what you find
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:11 AM   #7
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Built a cerakote oven for a friend of mine a few years back. Used this:

https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Tem...PID+Controller

It worked fine, should be equally fine with a heating element from an oven. Not much to it, really. We mounted the thermocouple high in his build, I would think, that unless you are going to have more than one in there high would be best for your smoker as well.

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Old 12-27-2018, 11:04 AM   #8
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I can buy an oven heating element.


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A buddy of mine converted an old refrigerator to a smoker. He used a electric stove replacement burner that he installed in the bottom of the fridge and a replacement oven control unit he mounted on the side. Used a iron skillet to put the wood chunks on.
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:33 AM   #9
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I used a cheap hot plate. Plugged it into an outlet that was mounted to the side and controlled by the PID and relay.
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Old 12-27-2018, 05:49 PM   #10
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Find a cheap or free electric oven and canabilize the controller and heating element from it. I did the same thing but with a gas oven and mounted the burner and controller in my smoke house. Works great.
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Old 12-27-2018, 09:40 PM   #11
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An electric hot plate with a skillet for the wood to get the smoke and heat. Add a layer of sheet metal above it to keep any grease from dripping on to it. You can buy controllers tp control the temp that the hot plate plugs into.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:09 AM   #13
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The PID controllers are simple to build. They will keep the temp closer than anything else that's out there. You just push a button, and it will learn what it needs to do to maintain the setpoint. That's what the P. I. D. means, proportional, integral, derivative, control.
I built one for my Lee lead smelter, and it keeps the lead within 5 degrees of setpoint. I built it with male and female plugs and screw connections for the thermocouple, and its portable. So I can set it up on my masterbuilt smoker that has a bad temp controller, once I actually get around to it.
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