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In Reply to: Pellet burner question posted by Charles in SC on December 02, 2010 at 21:55:26:
Your biggest problem is going to be the controller. If the damaged heater has one that works, it probably won't work in the low and slow "smoking" range of a pellet cooker (180-300). Traeger digital controllers are available aftermarket but I don't know if they'll hook up to the Northern tools auger and sensors. Pellet cooker manufacturers go though extensive testing to get reliable pellet feed and temps and you'll have to do the same.
I don't want to discourage you, but you are in for a daunting task (a fun one if you like tinkering and experimentation, though). If you get one working, do be careful and use cooking pellets not heating pellets. Heating pellets are cheap but have a lot of stuff in them you don't want to get into food.
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