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Old 08-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Lookee what I found.

I was on my way to work this morning, and saw this guy on the curb with the trash. Now I have 2! The element is burned out. I may have left it because of that, but I decided to throw it in the truck and take it home, hoping one of you guys here had a bright idea what I could do with it. I figure I have a few options:
I could buy the replacement element, but the cheapest I could find it was $30. this kind of defeats the purpose of a free smoker.
I have an element from an old pos electric smoker (I also found that in the trash, and my char-griller. I found that one in the trash too.) This element works, sort of. It has a temp controller on it that cuts out every now and then. I could use it, but I would have to cut a hole for it to fit.
I could convert it to charcoal, But already have a charcoal smoker that I really like, I would probably not use this one much in that case.
I can always put it back on the curb for someone else, probably a scrap metal guy.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Go buy a cheaperoo hot plate and your good to go! Good score!
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Bigwheel will check in and tell you how to electrify it. He likes this kind of stuff.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:06 AM   #4
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Nice get, I'll be anxious to see what BW suggests.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:00 AM   #6
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Well..a person might clean up the element and take it to Academy Sports and start acting all indignant and raising the voice about what junk they sell. They will most likely give you a free one. Now if they threaten to call the cops..it might be a good idea to give up and leave. The hot plate replacement might work. They also appear easy to convert over to charcoal. Keep us posted.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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Well, we don't have an academy sports here. And I don't think that will work at home depot. I actually thought nick was making fun of me with the hot plate idea.
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You said the element was no good. That sounds to me like its electric. If that be, its only a heating element which is a hot plate. Hot plate with a pan of wood chips on it will work! Tell him how to do it Jeff!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #9
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Well think the first step would be to separate the heating elements from the heat control mechanism. Not sure how a cooked controller would work out. It would look to me like a person could just splice a couple of heat resistant wires to the element and leave the electronics on the outside. Now I aint never done it of course. Would think maybe one WW hot plate element would not get hot enough to do any cooking even if allowed to run unregulated. Now I have a high dollar 1500 watt hot plate which could do the job..but it costs more than a new Brinkmann. Bet Pigs might know.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:25 PM   #10
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I'm sure I could figure it out, but If I end up having to use a nicer hot plate, or two of the 15 dollar ones, then I'm getting to the same cost as the replacement brinkmann element. Even if I have to spend the 30 bucks, that's a smoker for 30 bucks, still not bad.
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