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Unread 10-23-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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As hard as this might be to believe I could not get my Brinkman above 198 on a fall day in Florida. The smoker was in the shade and there was (always is) a steady wind. The wind was robbing my smoker of the heat so that the PID (thermostat controller) could not achieve a preset value and cycle on and off. Here are two links to my set up and how I fixed this.

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http://www.usefulramblings.org/?page_id=4401

I hope that this helps others who are going down the same path.

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Unread 10-23-2013, 08:20 AM   #2
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Nice thinking.

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What about rain? It would not effect the Reflectix but electricity and water?! I don’t think so.
I think just a patio umbrella would suffice for the rain ;)
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Interesting test since those are pre-set at the factory to max out at 225ish degrees?

Im guessing the reflective material is giving you a higher reading? Was the unit empty for testing?

Whats the can for? Have you tried chunks resting on the lava rocks? Works much better with ideal smoke!
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Unread 10-23-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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bubba,

The unit did not contain any food, but I had a full water pan. The Reflectix material is trapping the heat and holding against "the can". Thats why I could achieve 300 degrees. If I had let it heat for a longer period it might have gone a bit higher. I did not use the PID in this test. I was interested in what high temp I could achieve knowing that the pid would control at 225 as long as I could achieve it.

The can is for wood chips/chunks. I had placed the wood chunks between the element coils but cleanup was more work then I believe it should be. I have not yet tried the can but got the idea from another guy on some other forum.

While the element is factory set to 225 if you smoke in July/August in direct sunlight you can achieve "over the top" temps and have no way to control those temps without a PID because the electric is always "on" to the coil.

One thing I should point out is that I use a 25 foot extension cord rated at 1800 watts. The Brinkman coil draws 1500 so the extra 300 watts handles any additional load by the PID. The PID is accurate and holds/cycles within 2 degrees of set temperature. The proof will be the Thanksgiving turkey.
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