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Offline Aether

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Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« on: May 15, 2010, 04:29:42 pm »
Took me about 30 minutes to add the 2nd element following the excellent directions posted by Habs (Thanks!).  Ran the smoker last night to see how fast it would heat up.  Went from ambient (65F) to 262F in 12 minutes!  WOW!  30 pounds of butts going in tomorrow.  If you have been hesitating to do this mod, get off your butt and JUST DO IT!!!

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Re: Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 02:47:51 am »
That second element makes a world of difference, and really cuts down on the time of a long smoke.

The thanks has to go to Mr. Walleye (Mike) for coming up with the idea and letting us post it on the recipe site.


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Re: Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010, 05:33:22 am »
I have everything I need to do mine now. Just got to get around to doing it.  :D

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Re: Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2010, 07:09:46 am »
Mr. Walleye---THANK YOU!!!

When I put the 30# of butts in the smoker this AM (took 10 minutes to preheat from 52F to 230F!) I used boiling H2O in the pan, the butts had an IT of ~45F. The temp dropped to 203F and recovered to 230F in 14 minutes!  OAT is currently 57F.  Pensrock---DO NOT delay on this mod!  I have not yet used the PID to control the temps.  That is the next project.

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Re: Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2010, 12:28:16 pm »
FWIW - I would NOT run two elements without a PID.
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Re: Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2010, 01:07:19 pm »
Be careful running it without the PID. Without the PID or other temperature controlling device I would not leave it unmonitored.


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Re: Finally added the 2nd 500 watt element
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2010, 02:07:19 pm »
I agree that the PID is essential for this mod to be used safely.  I will be using the PID from now on, just finished going through the instructions.  I finished the butts and did a load of ABTs in my first run without the PID.  From now on, the PID will be used.  Thanks for your help and concern.