Someone recently mentioned the cost of using a CS smoker. The subject was 'which smoker' to buy and in the recommendation was a statement that 'smoker X' would be cheaper to run than 'smoker y' because the element only uses 'xxx' watts.
I got to thinking about this and decided that since my smoker (an 055) has a 1200 watt element (the largest of the residential smokers I think) that I would do some checking on the cost of the average 'smoke'.
I have a gadget that will measure the instantaneous and continuous watts in use and also calculates the cost of a period of use.
Today I did some jerky using the GLH method (where the heck did he go?) and the stats are as follows:
Time: 3 hrs
Max watts: 1,236
Watts used: 966
# of door openings: 0
Cost: 9.4 cents
It used just less than a kilowatt and in my neighborhood, watts are going for .097/kwh so it works out. It amazed me.
This weekend I will be doing 3 large slabs of St Louis spares which will go for 5 or 6 hours.
Will report on that cook as well.