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My diy cold smoker idea
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So ive been kicking around this idea of making my self a cold smoker. I do have the amaze n pellet smoker but end up running out of cheese mid summer. So im gona pick up a mini fridge with 2 racks in it. The make my smoke generator out of a cocktail shaker and fish pump. Pump the smoke into the fridge from the bottom and out the top some where. Anyone else do this before? Any concerns with this or what ever would help me out. I plan on starting this this weekend some time so i can post pics as i go
Whoa friend, let's think this thing out. First, if building a cold smoker, why would you want to pump warm smoke into an insulated box? Consider a remote firebox and cool the smoke on the way to the food box, you will have much cleaner smoke with less bitter products.
This is what i was thinking of using to put my cheese or anything i will cold smoke.
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Sorry, I am unable to download your links. Copper is a wonderful conductor but very expensive. A length of three inch single wall stove pipe is what you are looking for. It will provide the cooling area desired at a much less cost. Coiled pipe would be very hard to clean, which would be needed in time.
If your mini works as a cooler it can be used as a cold-cold smoker. I use one in the same manner for short heavy smokes only, my handheld smoke generator is generally used in its place.
Yours or any smoke generator will work just fine. It sounds yours is similar to the Smoke Daddy’s. Yes the longer your run the cooler and cleaner the smoke will be. Most likely with a long run the deposits on the inside of your cooler will be like a lacquer finish on the walls, not tacky as most of the nasty’s have been deposited on the pipe walls before reaching your product.
You will not only need an inlet but an outlet as well.
LOL The list of what I don't smoke would be shorter than what I do. If it can be consumed, it can be smoked, water to Water Buffalo.
If you can’t keep your cheese temps below 75°-80°, we need to do something different.
Before drilling holes in your fridge, let’s build a prototype cold smoker. This can be done by using a cardboard box in place of your fridge. Simply get one the size of your fridge, place a couple dowel rods in it to hold a rack and set your piping system up to it. This will give you an idea of what to expect. You may find a larger container would be more desirable.
This how I'm set up now. I use it for both hot smokes (no cardboard box) and cold smokes (box used for cheese/nuts). I plan on making the cardboard something more permanent by next year.
Also check out this link for doing something similar, but using a pellet burner. Setesh took a more scientific approach to explaining than I did, but same results for cold smoking.
I know Mr T has you covered, but let me know if you have any questions!
Ah Ha, you have something else that can be used for cold smoking, an MES. Even though they have different models, both bauch and setish have converted their MES’s to become very efficient cold smokers at a minimum cost. You may want to contact them to see how they converted them. I only suggested what they do, they did the mechanics. We can get your smoke to within a few degrees’ of ambient so, you will be fine.
Suggest you use the mini to store products rather than using it as a smoke collector.
Of course, I will be around if you have any questions or concerns.
Sounds like you have the same model as setish. Don't give up. With a little help from your friends, we will have you up and going in no time. If you are tight on space we can make one that can be disassembled for later use.