This is my "El Cheapo Cardboard Box Cold Smoker"
** Updated 10/9/10 **
I've been thinking about this for awhile, and found over 30 hits Google for "Cardboard Box Smoker", so I decided to make my own. All of the "Cardboard Box Smokers" I found, used dowels & wire racks, and you had to load/unload the food from the top. It made more sense to me for the cover to be removable and the racks stay stationary. Picked up some cheese at SAMS and loaded it up. It was either smoke the cheese or the kids fruit snacks......
Started one end and smoked for 4 hours with cherry sawdust. Came out with very nice color and cheese sticks tasted GREAT. I pulled the Cheese & Kielbasa at 4 hours, but left the Kosher Salt in until the sawdust burned for 8 hours total. Vac Packed the cheese and "Napping" in the fridge for a week or so.
75* outside and temp in box got to 82*. Did not add ice. Cheese did not melt, but just started to sweat.
1st attempt on yesterday, was really a test run, and it went great, so I decided to do a real cheese smoke today.
Here's my 2nd attempt at it.
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Sharp Cheddar, Cheddar, White Cheddar, Pepperjack, Cheese Sticks, Kielbasa Sausage & Kosher Salt
$9 Stackable Cooling Racks, Wife's Cookie Sheet, and a 6x6 AMNS With (1) Side Started
El Cheapo Cardboard Box Cold Smoker Loaded and Ready To Go
16"x16"x16" Cardboard Box with Exhaust Vent...Can You See The Cheese?....Nice Cherry Smoke!!
Cheese & Kielbasa Finished after 4 hours on El Cheapo Cardboard Box Cold Smoker
Cheese & Kielbasa Sitting On A Pretty Plate......Vac Sealed and Will Rest for a week or so
OK, I know it's LAME, But what do you really want from $9 Cookie Racks and a free cardboard box?!?!
Yesterday, I had my first trial run, and it far exceeded my expectations. Today, I loaded it up for a real smoke. Very inexpensive and easy to use. Obviously, I'm going to use my A-MAZE-N-SMOKER, but a can with a soldering iron and chips or pellets would work good. So, for someone who does not want to invest alot of $$$ to cold smoke food, this is a cool way to do it.
A hotplate would just get too hot and I would be concerned about "Fire"!!!
Tried to find a box that was both fireproof and can survive a flood, they were plum out-of-stock!
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