Pros: Great Idea, and Made in USA
Cons: Just Plain Doesn't Work Worth a Darn
Saw this Big Kahuna, while searching for ways to cold smoke. Checked out the Smoke Daddy Web Site, and watched a few videos of it in action. You have to understand this was before I knew anything about there being such a thing as too much smoke, and creosote forming on your food, due to an improperly working smoke generator. Well, in the videos I could easily see it could put out a huge amount of smoke. I did not know heavy white smoke was bad, so I laid out close to $100 for a Big Kahuna, with an aquarium air pump to help it burn & push smoke into my MES 30. When I received it, in order to test it, before drilling a big hole in my MES 30, I set it up in a garbage can (Very fitting place) first. I tried every mixture of pellets & chips, pellets an a small chunk, just chips, just pellets, etc, etc. I tried no air flow, light air, medium air, and heavy air flow. Nothing seemed to make this thing work properly. It was easy to get to light, but it would get real heavy smoke, then it would stop, and I'd have to jam a big screwdriver in it to bust up the hardened creosote & tar that had formed in the unit, and was keeping the fuel from getting to the fire. I had to be with it almost constantly to try to keep it going. I went back numerous times to watch the videos. Each time I tried it, I had to spend an hour scrubbing the thick black hardened sticky mess that had formed in the bottom of the unit. I also had thick brown/black runs all over the trash can lid, even though I kept the lid open 2 full inches while testing this thing. I found the stuff on the lid to be very bitter, because it was mostly creosote.
I figured I was just not understanding something, or it was just a piece of junk, so I chalked it up as just another gimmick that got some more of my money. At this point I was just glad I hadn't drilled any holes in my MES 30 for mounting this thing.
About a year later I heard about a modification they were making to it. I watched some more videos, and I was all excited that I could get this thing working, but I wasn't in the mood to drop any more money to ship it back to the company for the change over. I showed my Son, who does a lot of that kind of work, how the new "Back-draft" design works on video. He called Smoke Daddy, and talked to the boss there.
He was very nice, and explained to my Son exactly how to do the change-over.
My son went out & got the parts, and did the change-over. We hooked it up, and tried all the different things I had tried with the original set-up. We got the same results. Nothing but a creosote creator. I totally gave up, and struggled to get my MES 30 to put out just the right amount of light smoke consistently & continuously, but it wasn't until I found the another smoke generator that I could finally relax, and produce the right amount of smoke easily. It is hard to believe how one Smoke Generator can be a hunk of junk, and another one can be so "Amazing".