Thank you for your interest in the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse. We do not recommend using this unit with a small generator.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Masterbuilt Tech Support
A smoker will use a lot of gas as you're cooking for hours upon hours.
A generator would be no problem.... however, it would need to be capable of handing the 800w load easily.
What may happen with a small/basic generator (let's say 1000w for sake of explanation) is when the unit is heating the power requirements will be a little over 800w.
To supply this load the governor on the generator will open up to supply the heavy demand..... no problem, yet.
But now when the smoker reaches temp the load suddenly drops to near zero, the generator's governor cannot react fast enough. This results in a momentary spike in generator RPM and output voltage.
This voltage spike will likely destroy the digital electronics.
If you are going to use this on a generator, you have two choices..
A. use a generator that protects against such surges (e.g., High dollar honda's, et.al.,)
B. use a generator rated much higher than 800w, say 3500w or greater.
Hope this helps,
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Not sure if this would work or not. Even if it did work, the temperature fluctuation would affect cooking time and may produce uneven smoke.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
It has an 800w element so the generator would need to handle 800w continuous current draw.
answered 3 years ago
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