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Hotdog
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12 14 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a great deal of information.....interesting reading!

Basically my smoker cabinet will be 2' x 2' x 4'tall. I was thinking of having the 10 gallon water tank near the top outside of cook chamber.....using 1/4in tubing running down from water tank to a smaller 1 gallon~ish holding tank....this would be between the insulation and outer shell of smoker to become a small hot water tank for hot water for cleanup and also supply hot water to the water pan that will be about 3' below the 10 gallon tank. The water pan will be about 2' x 2' x 3" deep.

My only concern with a float system is this cooker is on a trailer and will get bounced around pretty good.

Thanks for all the input guys.....Hotdog
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12 14 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hotdog wrote:
My only concern with a float system is this cooker is on a trailer and will get bounced around pretty good.


The float switch I posted is industrial, it is built for harsh environments I doubt a little vibration would disturb it.
I went with the float switch on the rail because in your first post you said you wanted something like a toilet bowl float.

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Im wanting something that will trigger the water to flow into the pan and then stop when full. Kinda like a toilet tank.

I guess you changed your mind.
Good luck with your project. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12 14 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes KAM I do change my mind a lot......just ask my wife Laughing .

I dont really know how I want to do this just yet .........still several weeks away from this point. I may still go with a float type system like you linked to.

You should have seen me re~do my door latches on the first cabinet smoker....... Did them several times over 3 weekends.....LOL. They did come out nice though....best part was a Yoder Smoker employee even commented on them.....made my weekend!

Thanks man!.....
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13 14 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over in the tech section I posted a digital water level meter that would probably work in the this case to trigger a solenoid, using only the minimum water level portion of the circuit. It's simply a wire going into the pan and another to the pan itself it its metal, the resistance change if no water is present at the sensor level is enough to trigger the circuit to open a solenoid valve to fill the pan. The rest of the circuit is a resistance network that triggers a bar display at different levels, so the majority of the circuit is not needed to just check for min level.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14 14 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another idea - How about running a tube from the tank to the water pan with a ball valve (1/4 turn on-off) to start/stop the flow and putting a hole in the water pan where you want the level to be. Turn on the valve and when water runs out of the hole the pan is full. Run a tube from the water pan level hole to the outside so it doesn't extinguish the fire. That's KISS right there Laughing
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