look at the specs of the controller,, if it is rated at 120 volts . 10 amps or higher your safe. also directly wire from the controller to the heater bypassing the over temp on the back of the smoker as the heater will eventually burn it up. also if you havea slide controll on the front dont use it as the digital controll will handle the heater
Beef, I set-up my 900 watt heater, and I think I burned out my temp sensor from what you said??? Can you tell me a way to diagnose it? This thing was working great after about 3 runs (5-8 hours each run). I don't have a PID. Is there a different way to bypass??? Do I need a PID???
Thanks for your help!
plug the tower directly into an outlet... " Not through the smoke generator" and see if the element warms up.. if not .. check to see if you have any power at the element,... if no power there .. it could be the temp sensor or the fuse able link on the back of the unit...
if the heater does heat up with the tower directly plug into the outlet then the issue is inside the smoke generator... check the fuse and for loose connections...
if you find any bad items .. replace as necessary
yes i do recommend a pid with the use of a 900 watt element.. along with a ssr that can handle the load of the element.. typically a 25 amp ssr would do,,, or you can buy one prebuilt that can handle 1800 watts and your good to go