AMPERES: Check with "clamp-on" type of ammeter amprobe. Clamp around one of the "hot" power leads going to the kiln from your power supply. Some kilns are equipped with a flat type power cord including two power #6 wires and a #8 ground wire. Separate one of the outside heavy gauge wires away from a section of the cord sufficiently to allow the "clamp-on" ammeter to be properly clamped around this "hot" cable. Take care not to penetrate the insulation exposing the copper wire. Make sure power is off when separating. The amperes per section can then be measured: Add readings together to obtain total amperes and compare to the nameplate amps. The above data may indicate the problem area. If cord supplied is of the round type you can do the above separation on the intermediate cord that goes between the Dawson Kiln Sitter and the instrument panel.
The next generation of smokers are known as reverse flow offset smokers. These smokers position the smokestack between the firebox and the cooking chamber instead of at the opposite end of the cooking chamber. What this does is force the heated air to travel to the far side of the cooking chamber and then reverse back to the firebox where it can finally exit through the smokestack. Requiring the smoke to travel both directions over the meat doubles the length of time the meat is absorbing smoke, producing meat with a much richer smoke flavor. The Longhorn Reverse Flow Offset Smoker is not just a reverse flow smoker. It comes with removable baffles and a large charcoal basket which allows you to customize the heat and smoke levels.
Our customer came to us with an engineering drawing of a large 20 x 20 x 8ft rectangular pressure vessel with strict review requirements. This structure is part of an emissions treatment system handling noxious, pressurized gasses so it was important that they see no failures in service. The structure was modeled using surfaces in FEMAP and then meshed with plate elements in quarter symmetry. The first pass showed the structure did not meet the ASME Section VIII, Division 2 stress classification requirements. Design iterations were performed to find a solution that would work within their manufacturing limitations. With these modifications in place, linear static analysis showed that the structure would pass. As a follow-up, the customer wanted assurance that the pressure vessel would handle the operating pressure without failure. Running the model with nonlinear material properties and inspecting the plastic strain allowed us to say with confidence that the structure was safe.