I just got the cold plate and have used it once. I tried cheese for the first time. Used mozzarella, swiss, sharp cheddar and pepperjack. I put half the cheese through one round of smoke as per the Smokin-it forum suggestions and did the other half for two rounds.
I put about 2 oz of hickory in the smoker box. As you can see from the image, put a large try of ice on top of cold plate too.
I had a Maverick set up to monitor the internal temp but did not put a probe in the cheese. I set the smoker at about 250 and meant to only do it for 20 min but forgot and did it for 30. I had a real brain cramp because I was monitoring temp the whole time. Temp got up to about 100 and I quickly ran out and opened the door to the smoker. Guess what happened... nice blast of fresh oxygen flared the wood up and I had a nice fire. Nothing serious but could have been avoided if I turned smoker off at 20 min like I meant to. The cheese wasn't melted or anything so after temp dropped to about 85 I closed the door and let it sit in the smoke for a total of 1 hour first round.
The color changed a little. I had to nibble but it only tasted smoky without much of a cheese flavor. I then did the second batch, only watched the time and temp better. At about 15 min, temp got up to about 90 and I had good smoke coming out the top so I turned off the smoker and let it sit for another 45 minutes. Temp never got above about 90-95. I kept the same ice bath by the way as it was still pretty much ice.
The cheese on the left side was done for one round, that on the right for two rounds. I wiped the sweat off of the cheese, let it sit at room temp for a few hours then put into ziplock in fridge. My vacuum sealer came in 2 days later and so I sealed a sample of each type of cheese from batch 1 and batch 2 separately. I haven't tried them yet as most places say to wait at least 2 weeks. I plan on having my family blind taste test them to see how much smoke is enough. I will update this weekend.
It's possible that the chips you used kept on burning to give off the heat. I used wood chunks. Not sure if that made a difference. I also went back and edited this post, problem with photos loading.
Edited by db28472 - 1/13/14 at 7:27am