Today I smoked my first cheese. I used a brand new soldering iron with tip removed (don't use 1 that you soldered with it is poison) and a tomato can with apple chips not quite half full. I was going to use a can from the store with pineapple in it but it looked galvanized inside to me, and that is a no no. The tomato can looked gold inside so I took a torch and burnt it up. Plastic coating inside for anyone doing this. Got it all burned out, wire brushed, then went on.
First I let the cheese sit on the counter for 1 1/2 hours before putting on the smoker. The beginning temp inside the smoker was 79F* in about 6 minutes the temp went up to 83F* and I got scared and filled my water pan with ice. 20 minutes later it read 78F*, an hour later outside air cooling down and it read 76F*
The plan was to smoke 2 hours, a buddy stopped by for about 30 minutes and the chips burnt up, so after he left I added more chips and smoked a bit more, a total of 3 hours 15 mins.
The color is not much different , I was expecting it would be different, I threw in 2 Moz sticks just to taste and yea it had a lot of smoke,,,wife looking at me like I may have left it on too long. I sealed it up and will wait 2 weeks to try.
Any comments what I did or didn't do appreciated!
Oh by the way the soldering iron was glowing red when I pulled it out of the can, tipped removed, so it may not work again,