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Smoking cheese questions

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone I have a mes 30. I bought a amps to do cheese and bacon with. My question is do you turn the smoker on at all. Or do you just light the amps and let it produce the heat. Thank you
post #2 of 10

Of course with cheese you don't want any heat or it will melt.

The inside of the smoker needs to stay below 90 degrees.

In the summer you probably will  have to put a pan of ice in the smoker to keep the temp down.

So obviously you wouldn't turn on the smoker.

For bacon, personally I cold smoke mine, so in that case you would not turn on the smoker either.

If you hot smoke your bacon you would use the smoker heat, but keep it very low.

There are all kinds of threads on here on bacon & cheese.

Just use the search feature & start reading.



post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you al believe me I've read and read. Before I joined I searched alot that's what made me get the amps. I just didn't know if ppl were turning there smoker on or just letting the amps create the heat
post #4 of 10

Do not switch on the MES 30 - you just need to light the AMNPS. As Al mentioned you may need to keep the smoking chamber cool on hot days.

post #5 of 10
I'm afraid to smoke cheese at any higher than 70, but then, I've never tried it and Al's been at this longer than me. No heat for bacon with me, either.
post #6 of 10
Some hard cheeses you can go above 70, but 70 is pushing the limits for some soft cheeses. Butter needs to be kept below that.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you guys a million that helps alot. I'm going to go try my hand at smoking cheese now
post #8 of 10
Let us know how it goes, please.

My first attempt at smoking cheese in my MES was a catastrophe. I posted the 'fail' here several years ago. I did have some success later but it was limited. I think the mailbox mod is the best way to smoke cheese because it keeps most of the heat from burning pellets out of the smoke chamber.

Qview of your results will be appreciated!
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I think it's just to hot here. I had to frozen bottles and ice water. The temp in my smoker was still 85 inside. So I'm going to wait til the weather cools down. Instead I'm doing a mac & cheese fattie.
post #10 of 10

Sometimes you have to be patient and wait for the weather to cook. I used to be restricted to smoking overnight during the summer but now I have put a small air conditioning unit in the shed that I have converted into my smokery and it now keeps the air temperature low enough in there even on hot days. I still need to put a tray of ice in though when I smoke butter to stop it from softening too much.

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