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  1. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    I want to PM you but like some others I so far can't figure out how to do it:emoji_disappointed:
  2. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    That is a great idea. We will work on doing something similar.
  3. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    Question: when you say "..a second diffuser" where is your other one? Is the water pan acting as the first diffuser?
  4. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    Thank you so much for the suggestions! Will give them a try for sure.
  5. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    Okay, we finished our smoker, got rid of the rubber hose inside it, and smoked some "Wisconsin Venison Wieners." All went well, but need to figure out why so much difference in temp throughout. Maybe need to hang differently? the smoker.
  6. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    Great info, thanks guys. We are in the process of replacing the rubber hose as I don't need to worry about a problem happening so near my house.
  7. hydrostan

    Propane Hose in Homemade Smoker?

    We just completed our homemade smoker. We are running the propane hose inside the smoker to the burner. The hose is a stock rubber hose, is it okay to run that inside the smoker or should we get a braided hose?
  8. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    Do you have any pictures posted of the interior of your smoker? That is an impressive looking structure!
  9. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    Yes, I use a digital thermometer for both internal temp of the meat, and the temp of the smoker. Now I use a Smokey Mountain smoker for my share. The guy who makes sausage with me now has both his own smoker. He asks what the smoking schedule would be for 10 lbs. of kielbasa in a 40" MES smoker???
  10. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    Yes. Again, we are very happy with the end result, and get lots of compliments from our friends who we share the sausage with. It just bugs the hell out of me why I can't figure out the smoking times.
  11. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    I usually hold the temp 120 - 130° for the 1st hour, and then bump it up to at least 185° after that. I never get the chips to burn at lower temps. The texture of the sausage was good...got a lot of compliments on the taste. Good comments....appreciate the advise!
  12. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    I'm in Oregon, low elevation...700 ft. the last 2 smokes have been with the outside temp in the mid 40s.
  13. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    I always grind with the "middle" plate...not fine nor course.
  14. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    Yes, I always use a water pan
  15. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    -------------------------- Yes, thank you for correcting my error.
  16. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We did 12 lbs. of summer sausage, 12 chubs. Kielbasa was 9 lbs, and I only smoked 6 links. So, I had more summer sausage in the smoker than I did kielbasa, and yet the summer sausage took a shorter...
  17. hydrostan

    Time in Smoker?

    This is perplexing to us: When we smoke summer sausage, usually 2 to 2.5" casings, we get the internal temperature to 152-157° in about 3 hours. When we smoke Kielbasa, to get to that temperature it takes almost 6 hours. This is using 35-38 mm casings. Why would the smaller diameter casings take...
  18. hydrostan

    Prick Summer Sausage Casings

    One of the fears I had was that I once read somewhere that if you don't prick them, all the fat will run to the bottom of the casing. I didn't notice that happening on our last batch
  19. hydrostan

    New Hog Pliers Great!

    Yes, I'd like to see them also. We have been using the cheap-o ones from Sausage Maker. I'm about ready to toss them, as they are a PITA to use!
  20. hydrostan

    Prick Summer Sausage Casings

    We always prick natural casings, however we are not sure about collagen etc. casings. We used to prick them before putting them into the smoker. We tried smoking without pricking them, and I did not notice any difference. Should we or shouldn't we
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