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propane temperature contoller

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by kenny chaos, Nov 27, 2008.

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  1. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos Minister of Fire

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    I'm building a smoker with all the bells and whistles and want to have an automatic temperature contoller, of some configuration, for the propane burner. Temps need to range from 40-300 degrees. Any ideas?
    Thanks

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  2. Redox

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    I've never seen anything off the shelf, but an old oven thermostat might work. 40 degrees is hard to achieve without refrigeration. :coolsmile:

    Chris
  3. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos Minister of Fire

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    Not when ambient is 20.
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    You may need two thermostats, one for high temp and one for low. Not sure I've seen anything that would do the wide range that you'd like.

    A thermostat/alcohol bulb gas valve out of a propane oven and one out of an old camper trailer would give you the high/low. Then you'd have to tee in the two gas valves into one burner. Just simply use which gas valve that you want for whatever range you seek.

    Just be careful!
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    Okay, I just thought that was a typo or something.

    I'm going to guess that you need something that modulates and doesn't snap on and off. It would be real easy to hook up a cheap thermostat to an electric gas valve, but not very steady.

    Chris
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