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Miscellaneous Topics => General Discussions => Topic started by: tbronder5 on June 18, 2019, 09:58:23 am

Title: Dual Elements question
Post by: tbronder5 on June 18, 2019, 09:58:23 am
I know this has been dug up and answered 1 million times. I have looked through endless posts on this but still end up confused as to what to do or what is recommended or not recommended.

Here is what my questions are.

I see that the new Digital smoker coming out has a dual 400 w setup and I have to say it is about time! Unfortunately I do not have and I don't think I will be able to justify spending the moeny on it so I will be sticking to my Digital 6 rack. I know a lot of people install a second element, which I  know Bradley does not recommend doing. I am not doing a lot of sausage smoking if I am doing any at all. The only thing I will dabble in is Snack Sticks but mostly it is jerky, salmon, turkey, chicken etc.

Is the Smoke Generator/Controller able to handle a second element if it is wired parallel to the first one?

I don't want to have to spend an additional $200+ on a PID if i don't need it.

Again I know it is not recommended by Bradley just looking for your opinion. I know some guys have done the dual element mod without running a PID.

Also if there is a better solution let me know. I am not looking to get into rebuilding my smoker just would like some extra heat for recovery times as I am in the North East.


Thanks,
Trevor
Title: Re: Dual Elements question
Post by: Orion on June 18, 2019, 12:02:33 pm
Hey Trevor, the six rack digital will work fine with a second 500 watt element wired in parallel.
You absolutely do not need a PID. All it does is reduce the temperature variation as the element(s) cycle on and off. Might be nice to have but you can easily carry on smoking without one.
Just bolt a second element in and carry on. That will resolve the heat recovery issue.
Title: Re: Dual Elements question
Post by: tbronder5 on June 18, 2019, 12:24:27 pm
Hey Trevor, the six rack digital will work fine with a second 500 watt element wired in parallel.
You absolutely do not need a PID. All it does is reduce the temperature variation as the element(s) cycle on and off. Might be nice to have but you can easily carry on smoking without one.
Just bolt a second element in and carry on. That will resolve the heat recovery issue.

Orion I appreciate the help. I have read through so many posts my head was starting to spin!   :o I believe I saw your mod on yours. You used the clamps to hold the element right?
Title: Re: Dual Elements question
Post by: Orion on June 18, 2019, 02:48:57 pm
That’s correct, I used 3 clamps and some wire. It’s been trouble free and heats well. I understand your head spinning; the topic has been beat to death. Keep it simple and you’ll be happy.
Title: Re: Dual Elements question
Post by: Orion on June 18, 2019, 09:11:58 pm
I know this has been dug up and answered 1 million times. I have looked through endless posts on this but still end up confused as to what to do or what is recommended or not recommended.

Here is what my questions are.

I see that the new Digital smoker coming out has a dual 400 w setup and I have to say it is about time! Unfortunately I do not have and I don't think I will be able to justify spending the moeny on it so I will be sticking to my Digital 6 rack. I know a lot of people install a second element, which I  know Bradley does not recommend doing. I am not doing a lot of sausage smoking if I am doing any at all. The only thing I will dabble in is Snack Sticks but mostly it is jerky, salmon, turkey, chicken etc.

Is the Smoke Generator/Controller able to handle a second element if it is wired parallel to the first one?

I don't want to have to spend an additional $200+ on a PID if i don't need it.

Again I know it is not recommended by Bradley just looking for your opinion. I know some guys have done the dual element mod without running a PID.

Also if there is a better solution let me know. I am not looking to get into rebuilding my smoker just would like some extra heat for recovery times as I am in the North East.



Thanks,
Trevor


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