Easy mod for those that want a little more heat, without having to join the PID cult!
So after numerous times smoking with a lack of heating power, as I live in Central Canada, it's been -20 to -30C the past few smokes. I decided to get a 750 watt finned element, as the Bradly controller should have no issues running this, based on the specs I can find. I ordered mine off amazon (finned strip heater, 10.5" long).http://s1296.photobucket.com/user/trevorandlori/media/750welement_zps61ad3d33.jpg.htmlhttp://s1296.photobucket.com/user/trevorandlori/media/CastIrongrillasheatbuffer_zps9d49a2f6.jpg.html
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I needed the smoker for a big roast today, and so I did a rush install last nigh in an hour. I pulled the old element out, re-rerouted one wire, as the new element had both terminals at one end. (Had I ordered the right one, I would not have had to do that, it required removing the rear panel). I notched the splash tray that sits under the OEM element, and just laid the new element in there, supported by the end tabs, leaving the finned portion more centered and able to flow air.
I could only get maybe 200F with the OEM element, now it hits 240 in half an hour, and climbing. No more heating issues! The element was $60 or so, and took an hour to install. Would have been a half hour had I ordered the correct one. No need to use the smoke element as supplemental heat now either!
I hope this helps someone, as I have read so many internet tutorials, to my benefit, now it's my turn!