Originally Posted by dustyslaw
Cold smoke in the one I have built at the moment so now I was wondering the difference between running your smoker with dust, chips, pellets or wood acquired and chipped or shaved myself. I really like the idea of the amaze smoke box I'm assuming that it would mean I would have to use pellets only.
Regarding the end result there will be little difference - it is more about what wood you have readily available and the reliability of the specific smoke generator that you are using. Over the years I have tried sawdust, shavings, chunks and pellets and I have found the pellets to be the most reliable for me. Others though prefer sawdust. Both are readily available in a number of different "flavours" here in the UK.
The simplest way of creating smoke is to light a pile of sawdust and shavings under your meat/fish - and I knew a commercial smokery in Dungeness that used to do just that. Unfortunately that can be a little hit and miss when it comes to reliabiltiy and can produce fairly erratic smoke with lots of heat.
You can also use sawdust in something like a ProQ spiral. I have one of these but found that it gave relatively little smoke and was unreliable. Others on here though I know have had success with them
There are pumped air generators too, This was one of the first generators I imported from the USA. I had some success with it however its reliability over a 24 hour smoke was not very good
You can also get electric smokers that use pressed wood "biscuits". These are very reliable however the biscuits are proprietary and it can worl out quite expensive to run.
The one I use now for all of my smoking is a pellet smoke generator. The most popular ones on the forum here are the AMNPS and the AMNTS. Both are used in slightly different situations but I have found both to be very reliable - with the AMNPS being the generator I now use in preference.
AMNTS and AMNPS
If you would like to try out either a ProQ or an AMNPS or AMNTS then please let me know and I can arrange for you to borrow one for a couple of weeks.