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post #61 of 69

I smoked a few chicken breasts with the MES and CSK last night, and it went fine this time.  I guess the key is having the MES on.  It was nice not having to go check the smoke every 20-30 minutes to add chips.  I put a few handfuls of chips in the CSK, and it smoked an hour.

post #62 of 69

A suggestion, if you know anyone with pecans grab some shells. They work FANTASTIC! Just get most of the nut meat out.

 

The buckets are where I started

 

 

The up side......

 

 

Now I am keeping the shells in a 31 qt storage bin. BTW mention to all those friends who always stop by when they see smoke rising. You'll be surprized how many folks will bring you....LOL

 

Anyway, pecan shells are great smokers.

post #63 of 69

That sounds great!  I use pecan and maple chips most of the time, so that sounds really good.  Thanks!

post #64 of 69

It Came! It Came!

and I couldn't be happier. Pulled it out of the box and grabbed the dimmer extension cord I made up for the Christmas tree. (you'll be suprised how long those twinkle lights last if you dim them just a touch) I stuck it on the kill-a-watt meter and checked the wattage. Mine pulled about 130W. So I dialed it back to 75W and attached it to the smoker (after burning it in of course). Threw in a piece of bread and let it smoke at 150 degrees for about 30 min just to get a flavor profile. 

 

It's fantastic. No bitterness, just nice smoky flavor.  So the main difference between this thing and my DIY paint can/soldering iron is that the airflow is through the unburned chips to the element and into the smoker. With my DIY setup, the airflow was heating element, burned chips, unburned chips, smoker.  (hope that makes sense)

 

-J

post #65 of 69
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It Came! It Came!

and I couldn't be happier. Pulled it out of the box and grabbed the dimmer extension cord I made up for the Christmas tree. (you'll be suprised how long those twinkle lights last if you dim them just a touch) I stuck it on the kill-a-watt meter and checked the wattage. Mine pulled about 130W. So I dialed it back to 75W and attached it to the smoker (after burning it in of course). Threw in a piece of bread and let it smoke at 150 degrees for about 30 min just to get a flavor profile. 

 

It's fantastic. No bitterness, just nice smoky flavor.  So the main difference between this thing and my DIY paint can/soldering iron is that the airflow is through the unburned chips to the element and into the smoker. With my DIY setup, the airflow was heating element, burned chips, unburned chips, smoker.  (hope that makes sense)

 

-J


Most people probably don't have the room to put on a 2'X3"  $1.99 aluminum extension between the CSK and MES to give it a little more time to condense volatiles before getting to the product/cooking chamber.  Even several feet.  You'll definitely be able taste a higher quality smoke especially cold smoking.  I'd be very interested to hear if somebody tries it.

-Kurt

post #66 of 69

All you had to do was ask.

post #67 of 69
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All you had to do was ask.

Looks really nice. 

post #68 of 69
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Originally Posted by miatawnt2b View Post
 

It Came! It Came!

and I couldn't be happier. Pulled it out of the box and grabbed the dimmer extension cord I made up for the Christmas tree. (you'll be suprised how long those twinkle lights last if you dim them just a touch) I stuck it on the kill-a-watt meter and checked the wattage. Mine pulled about 130W. So I dialed it back to 75W and attached it to the smoker (after burning it in of course). Threw in a piece of bread and let it smoke at 150 degrees for about 30 min just to get a flavor profile. 

 

It's fantastic. No bitterness, just nice smoky flavor.  So the main difference between this thing and my DIY paint can/soldering iron is that the airflow is through the unburned chips to the element and into the smoker. With my DIY setup, the airflow was heating element, burned chips, unburned chips, smoker.  (hope that makes sense)

 

-J


Most people probably don't have the room to put on a 2'X3"  $1.99 aluminum extension between the CSK and MES to give it a little more time to condense volatiles.  Even several feet.  You'll definitely be able t 

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All you had to do was ask.





Looks great!
-Kurt
post #69 of 69

just wait till you see the next mod.

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