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Old 10-26-2007, 10:47 PM   #11
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Now, this is ALL wonderful!
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Anyone has a plan for a COLD smoker?!
That's what I really would like to have!
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:49 PM   #12
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All of these electric ideas work as a cold smoker, just turn the heat/energy down! The cardboard box method is especially suited for this (with low electirc element) because of loss of heat.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:02 PM   #13
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Keltin, you think they would work for really cold, long ( I mean several days) smoking of sausages ?
That is what I'm after.
Not only smokey flavor, but preserving meat.
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Old 10-26-2007, 11:07 PM   #14
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Keltin, you think they would work for really cold, long ( I mean several days) smoking of sausages ?
That is what I'm after.
Not only smokey flavor, but preserving meat.
Yep, but I'd put them indoors in like a barn or something to protect from the elements (blowing wind, rain, etc). I read about a guy that cold smoked salmon for three days in a cardboard rig once, and really, it's no different than the old smoke houses of yester-year, just smaller. Just make sure you salt cure it right. Heck, you can make beef jerky with NO heat and a box fan in about 20 hours (or less)! Room temp!
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:19 AM   #15
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Now, this is ALL wonderful!
BUT!
Anyone has a plan for a COLD smoker?!
That's what I really would like to have!
What ever size/type/style "smoke house" you use, and for how long, the last 15 minutes or so bring the sausage up to 137*-140* to finish it off!
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:59 PM   #16
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Galvanized Aluminum?

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LOL - you can also use a 30-gallon galvanized aluminum trash can.
Galvanized aluminum? What material are they galvanizing aluminum with?
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Old 10-28-2007, 04:21 PM   #17
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You guys are tough on an old guy!

Galvanized was wrong ... the way the bottom of the trash can I used was rusted out ... it probably wasn't galvanized. But hey - that was about 35 years ago!
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:04 PM   #18
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All of these electric ideas work as a cold smoker, just turn the heat/energy down! The cardboard box method is especially suited for this (with low electirc element) because of loss of heat.
Not trying to start another smackdown but are you sure this would work? If you turn the temp down so that you're below 100o will the element still be hot enough to produce smoke with the wood chips?

I was under the impression that for cold smoking the smoke was cooled in some sort of heat exchanger (i.e. a long pipe in the air) before it enters the smoking chamber to keep the temps low.

Alton Brown did this once on his show.
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:37 PM   #19
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My husband has been building a smoker using some kind of tank. All I can say is, just don't let it eat you, like it did my him. He ended up with seven staples in his head and the hide scraped off his forearm to the muscle.
My son-in-law suggested having "Man eater" painted on the side. Might be cool painted inside a shark.
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Not trying to start another smackdown but are you sure this would work? If you turn the temp down so that you're below 100o will the element still be hot enough to produce smoke with the wood chips?

I was under the impression that for cold smoking the smoke was cooled in some sort of heat exchanger (i.e. a long pipe in the air) before it enters the smoking chamber to keep the temps low.

Alton Brown did this once on his show.
Alton Brown, as far as I know, inspired the cardboard box smoker I posted. That's why I'd say it would work as a cold smoker. But I'm not a pundit of cold smoking. But yes, I'd imagine you would need to move the heat source outside the box and then channel the smoke into it to ensure low heat. Maybe Michael knows the answer?
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