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Instead of a smoke pistol.....

post #1 of 63
Thread Starter 
I had looked at getting a smoke pistol but have read that they don't perform quite as reliably as what I was looking for. I really don't want to mess with tapping the pellets down in order to get it to smoke.

I did find a similar unit on eBay that appears to work off of the same principle but might be a bit more foolproof then the pistol. I ordered one today and will give it a try once received. Almost all of his recent feedback were people who purchased this unit so hopefully that's a good sign!

Here's the link ----> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=160176035313

Griz
post #2 of 63
I worry about this type unit producing alot of the "unthinblue" smoke... eg incomplete combustion products, creosote being among them. Preburn the pellets a bit? I dunno... but check out that fog coming out of that puppy.
post #3 of 63
Thread Starter 
I understand where you're coming from. I wonder if it's simply a difference between burning real wood chunks vs pellets? He has a website here ---> http://porkypas.spaces.live.com/Pers...x?_c02_owner=1 That shows the smoke etc. He, according to his site, does the catering thing professionally so I would like to believe the results are good. I reckon there's only way to know for sure!

Griz
post #4 of 63
Nods... but as far as the catering... he'd prolly get away with it till he happens to serve an SMF member grin!
post #5 of 63
That's interesting. I wonder how hard one of those would be to make.
post #6 of 63
Not to hard, go down to your local hardware store and go in to the plumbing section, you should be able to find every thing you need.
Ron
post #7 of 63
If anyone figures out how to duplicate these, please share your knowledge.

I would add a caution.....it would be all too easy to try one made from materials w a zinc coating. This, I'm told, could be bad.

If I went to my plumbing supply place, I might try to use black iron pipe. I wouldn't know where to get the stuff in aluminum.
post #8 of 63
Thread Starter 
I figured I could spend $15 trying to make one or spend the $40 and get it already done. I know, where's my sense of adventure....well, with 4 kids my sense of adventure left a long time ago....along with my sanity!

Actually, I had contemplated it until I read one of his feedbacks where the guys states that he could not have made one this well. Anyways, I just received notification from USPS that I have a tracking number. So, hopefully I will be able to tell you first hand if there is blue smoke.

Griz
post #9 of 63
If I would have had one of those things back in the 70's...........never mind. Better not go there. LOLicon_biggrin.gif
post #10 of 63
Nice Dreams...that "smoke pistol" Hmmm either Ferris Bueller's principal, or Stacy Keatch had...yeesh... Fire up the 'wayback machine, Sherman!"
post #11 of 63
I tried a smoke pistol for the first time last weekend. I could not get it to work like I thought it should. It stinks having to open the door every 5 minutes to see if it's working, especially when it isn't!
The aquarium pump thing is interesting though......I was thinking about some way to get just a little forced air into it, and that just might work.
post #12 of 63
Heres a smoke pistol fer ya.







post #13 of 63
Heck it only looks like a 6 inch chunk of fence post and two post caps, one hose clamp and a threaded nipple. Probably has a screen of some sort to hold the chips in place and a small hole in the bottom with a barbed fiting to fit the pump hose on. Of course you still have to buy the fish pump.

Hmmm are those things galvinized? Maybe it's aluminum? Maybe it actually SS?
post #14 of 63
Thread Starter 
I just received an email from the maker of this unit. He is a member of this forum and goes by the name Fiddler252. I thought I would post the email as he describes how the unit is made:

Griz
post #15 of 63
The pictures show the air going into the bottom, but one has the outlet on top, while the other is on the bottom. I am wondering what the difference is?
post #16 of 63

Cold Smoke Generator

In response to your question about the position of the smoke outlet tube- it doesn’t really matter too much’ but I found that It’s less likely to become blocked by pellets when positioned at the top. I recommend cleaning it after each use. Overall ,I’m satisfied with the unit, but am always thinking of ways to improve upon it.
SMOKE ON
Porky Pa http://porkypas.com
post #17 of 63
Well there ya go!
post #18 of 63
Maybe Im a little old fashioned but isnt this just one step away from pouring liquid smoke on your meat and calling it smoked meat???
post #19 of 63
It's not that different in concept from using a smoke can removed from your smoker connected by a long pipe, and that's pretty traditional. Looks like a new take on the idea.
post #20 of 63
Thread Starter 
I don't see it that way. Pellets have long been used for smoking. From what I have seen, this box is no different then putting a cast iron pan with wood chunks in with your fire. It's an offset box design only the box is smaller then normal.

Griz
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