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Offline beefmann

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update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« on: May 05, 2008, 06:26:18 pm »
hey all just an update on the 900 watt heater mod. all is working  with no problems and plenty of  heat to spare been cooking at 220 f and  did push  the heat to  350 once on chicken to crispen the skin with no problem. No problems with any connections , over heating of wiring or controlls.

this is something i would recomend to any one who wants a faster  recovery on heat in the box or just additional heat capicity.

on my next smoke i am plaanning to add lava rock in the bottom of the smoker and get away  from the v tray.

as for the problems with the dripping onto the heater I think it  caaan be a good item to have happin it adds flavor to the meat  cooking and caan be  easily cleaned with a stramer like the stanley  steamer  or  stream  shark ...  takes longer to get the water to steam then to clean...ps might  have some  greasy  rags when you  get  done but  oooohhh  the  flavor








« Last Edit: May 05, 2008, 07:05:11 pm by beefmann »
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008, 08:33:53 pm »
Thanks for the update Beefmann.  Makes me wonder why Bradley didn't push up the capacity on their element on their unit? 
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008, 01:07:21 am »
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900 watt heater mode sounds good beefmann.  :)

Might be worth bearing in mind there have been a couple of reported fires in BS's here on the forum, seem to remember Chez Bubba saying they were due to inverted / missing "V" pans!  :o
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008, 06:44:39 am »
I could understand that a fire  could arise from a missing v pan that helps protect the heater,  it is my opinion  that a dirty heater could lead to the fire. only thing i can say  is KEEP THE HEATER  CLEAN! !  it doesent take that  long to clean  it.
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008, 09:33:53 pm »
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problems with the dripping onto the heater


900 watt heater mode sounds good beefmann.  :)

Might be worth bearing in mind there have been a couple of reported fires in BS's here on the forum, seem to remember Chez Bubba saying they were due to inverted / missing "V" pans!  :o

Fat dripping on a hot burner makes be think grease fire too!  :'(

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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2008, 07:10:56 pm »
Beefmann,
I wish you very well but that thing just scares the hell out of me.  Please keep us posted on your success.

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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2008, 04:53:59 pm »
Beefman, you must be related to Tim "The Toolman" Taylor. Hope you don't end up in the hospital like he did on many ocassions. ;D ;D

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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2008, 04:38:06 pm »
RRRR RRRR RRRR  ... more power more power.... next time flame thrower to make a turker a crispy critter
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2008, 08:31:04 pm »
  :D  :D  :D You Go Brother  ;D

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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008, 06:42:58 am »
I think just using a finned heating element in the same place as the original would still keep the heater under the drip pan , but still work better because you would heat the air and cause a convection current that would slowly turn the air over, versus the infrared one that heats the metal. I thought I would try it one day, right now my oven is too new, and I dont want to ruin it, yet.

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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2008, 09:10:25 am »
hooked,

when you are ready for the upgrade to a finned  heater... DO IT along  with a PID  controller  to controll the heat you would be happy that you  did... the PID  controlles  the tempture and with the 900 watt  finned  it has typically has a 5 to 8 degree swing
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2009, 09:28:20 pm »
Hooked on Smoke,

That's my plans now, I have the 900w heater and hardware on my desk.  I plan to install where the stock heater was, use the V pan, and check temps at 3 levels to see if all is well, or do I need a fan.  I have a Pid controller, and a dual probe Maverick.

I'll feed back next week sometime.
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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009, 12:10:49 am »
The heater will be nice for speed in putting out heat when it is called upon.  The PID will call for heat on a more timely basis than the standard control scheme.  The fan will move the air around inside the tower (may help use the heat off the back of the tower better) but the actual cooking temp will still be influenced by the load arrangement / the amount of meat - mass, the temp of the mass and exactly where the temps are taken relative to all of the above.

I still have not taken the modification plunge... let us know how it goes and just how much of a difference it makes.  I seem to be looking for an excuse but having trouble justify the fun  ::)


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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2009, 07:10:19 am »
My kinda guy - more power  rrrrr....rrrrrr.....rrrrrr

I have yet to do the mod myself yet.  Have the parts but not the time.


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Re: update on heater mode after 10 smokes 8 to 10 hrs each
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009, 07:16:25 pm »
I did the heater upgrade but left the drip tray intact

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