Cold Smoker Question.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jlhog, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. jlhog

    jlhog Smoke Blower

    I have a Char-Broil electric smoker that I purchased for $30 and the thermostat went out. New thermostat is another $30 and I really want to get a Masterbuilt 30" anyway so I will not relplace the thermostat. But, I was wondering if I could use a small hot plate in the Char-Broil for a cold smoker? Any recomendations on wattage of a hot plate? Will it get to hot?
     
  2. flipper

    flipper Newbie

    I tried using a hot plate in my horizontal (specs below in my sig) with it in the firebox and it still generated too much heat. I was trying to cold smoke salmon below 80deg but the hotplate kept the temps hovering between 100-110deg.

    I then tried this method:

    http://www.smoker-cooking.com/build-a-cold-smoker.html

    and it worked like a charm. Put the smoke generator right in the smoking chamber below the salmon and had no heat issues. I highly suggest going this route.
     
  3. I like that - that's very clever. Only problem I've never seen or heard of smoking pellets in the uk.
    I'd be tempted to try that in my outlaw if I could find some :)
    Might be a lot cheaper than running the bradley, certainly for small runs.
     
  4. flipper

    flipper Newbie

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