Smoke is a personal prefrence.
My 10 lb butts I smoke at 210/220, they usually take from 18 to 22 hours. I don't normally smoke that entire time. I am now experimenting with what I have read about the smoke having a sweet spot. So far I can't deny it. If you apply smoke from say, 100 to 140 or 150 IT its make a huge difference. Below that and above that I starting to believe I am just smoking to cover anything that has somehow missed the sweet spot. 100 to 150 is the big absorption.
Now I have also used an aux snoke generator also. Both an AMPs which I am sure has been brought to your attention already (pellet type) as well as the Masterbuilt cold smoker.
I think I will like the cold smoker more when I use it as it was intended ... as a cold smoker and not an aux. smoke generator.
As to pull timeI too normally pull at 203+ IT, OR when the toothpick test tell me its ready.
I usually just set mine of the kitchen counter to cool. I usually cover it with a dish towel to keep accidental pieces of bark from being knocked off. I think it makes a better bark that way than foiling and I have never had a moisture problem.
I have read more than one board post from people adding a varible reostat inline to the cold smokers power cold and it working to slow the smoke. I am working at using a tin foil gasket around the top plate were it sits down. That slightly elevated the lower screen from sitting directly on the heating element. Can't say I have achieved perfection yet though.
Oh, and thank you for your duty.
Set up like this?
The inner tower either need to be slightly raised or the power needs to be adjustable. Since I don't like electricity, I am working the raise tower idea.
I use crumbled up foil under the tower plate when it sets on the box plate. It allows me to still seal the chamber and I can adjust it down by just crushing it harder against the foil.
One other thing I found. Its the only time I have found that wetting the chips seems to matter. Don't drown them but it does slow the combustion. If they are dry the heat is massive straight up the tower or chimney.
I have no real answer, only what I have tryed so far. And right after I got the MES40 and the cold smoker life knocked on the door...LOL
I hope some of that helps you.
BTW Pecan shells work great in MES's and the smoke generator! Its a beautiful color with the sweetest smell. if you could bottle it, it would out sell all the after shaves.
Edited by Foamheart - 10/10/14 at 9:28pm