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post #21 of 22
Originally Posted by CFLBob View Post

That's an interesting setup!  Can't say I've seen anything quite like it. 


I never got around to getting the cold smoker because ever since I smoked our first fatty, that's what my wife wants to have the most.  Of course, you smoke those hot, like a pork butt, and I do them with my MES set to 235. 


Basically, in that setup your MES is doing nothing but allowing the smoke to expand and cool off a bit more, then diffuse into the upper box.  You could replace the MES with another, bigger, cardboard box, or a galvanized trash can, or just about anything.




Thank you Bob, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to use another chamber instead of the MES.

I do want to make sure to mention that I use this setup (minus the cardboard box) for hot smokes too. It cleans up the smoke before it touches the meat during long smokes, what is reverently referred to as Thin Blue Smoke. However, on shorter hot smokes I'll remove it to use without pipe or just the chip tray for immediate exposure to a lot of white smoke. Its two different techniques (strategies) I've learned on this forum.

I recommend reading the following threads if you are interested in different "smoke" techniques. A lot is personal preference, but you cannot ignore the science!


Smoke Color Chart


What is going on with smoking cheese?


AMNPS & Smoke Daddy Myths?


Understanding Smoke Management - updated 12/08/14


Mr T's "Smoked Cheese From Go To Show" w/ Q- View


New to smoking or have a new smoker? -- "How to optimize your smoke"


Thinking outside the box - Mailbox that is.


My Cold Smoking Options w/Q - View


Smoked Bread,Crackers and Snacks


Good luck! Let me know if you need anything!

post #22 of 22

I have the MB Cold Smoker attachment for my MES 30 and use it for Hot Smoking. I wanted something where I did not need to feed the chip tray every 30 minutes and it seems to work well. Actually a little too well. If I fill it it with chips, it goes through the entire tube in about 2 hours -- a long way from the 6 hours it claims. In addition the smoke it puts out is quite heavy which sort makes sense given how much wood it is going through but the food is getting a little over smoked.  So my question is for those who are using this, how do you get 6 hours? I called MB and they said I should try soaking the chips and I am going to try that this weekend but just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I switched to the Cold Smoker from AMNPS mostly because I like the flavor of the real wood chips better than the pellets. Thanks



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