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Can I Do Anything With This? Mirro Smokehouse

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by pokey, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    I inherited this from my ex, and for over 25 years, I thought I could actually smoke stuff with it. It's a Mirro Smokehouse. It has no controls, not even an on/off switch. When plugged in, the circular element on which sits a pan of sawdust-like chips heats up and causes the chips to smolder. They go for about 30 - 45 minutes. I used to do that to pre-smoke ribs before grilling 'em. Not bad for a beginner. It would add flavor, but it's not real Q.



    When the chips are smoldering, it's hot, when the chips burn out, it's too cool to cook anything. After getting the Traeger and some good thermometers, I now have the equipment to attach numbers to those temperature assessments, but I wonder if it's worth the trouble.

    Thoughts? Is there a purpose to which equipment like this could be put? Maybe with some mod to make it temperature sensitive?
  2. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I wouldn't bother going to any expence trying to smoke meat in that thing, but I think it could have a second life as a cheese or fish smoker (AKA cold smoker) when the weather cools off  some.
  3. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    Cold smoking. I like that. Maybe use it to house an A-MAZE-N-SMOKER. Maybe I could finally make lox!

    Thanks for the idea.
  4. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    That thing would be awesome for cold smoking, with the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER !

    You could cold smoke in a cardboard box with the AMNS, and that thing is way better than a cardboard box!

  5. bilder

    bilder Fire Starter

    That looks like a Big Chief smoker.  Lots of folks up here use them for salmon and jerky.
  6. gingersrus

    gingersrus Newbie

    I also inherited one, complete with the instruction booklet.  They say it is a "hot-smoking" unit with temp range from 170 to 250.  Instructions say to adjust the heat by partially opening the door in the front in hot weather or in cold weather insulate it by putting a cardboard box with vent holes cut over the cooker.  Includes recipes for smoking fish and meats - even a whole turkey.
  7. To Gingersrus, I very much need the instructions to the Smokehouse by Mirro.  If you see this could you please post a reply?  I have filled out all the junk to be ably to send you a reply, but this page says to check my email for instructions.  Until then, I can't send you a reply in person.  I have clicked on the resend button about 8 times, and still haven't recieved any confirmation or instructions.  Hope you see this.
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    dirtydumpdigger, afternoon and welcome to the forum..... If you do not get a response from gingersrus, maybe the very well versed members at this forum can help you out....  The members here know darn near everything...   Until then, please stop into "roll call" and introduce yourself for a proper welcome...   We have lots to offer..... Sit back, and enjoy the long smokey ride.....    Dave

  9. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    Dirtydumpdigger, If you still need the manual, drop me a PM. I scanned it. It's a 14MB pdf file.
  10. I have a "Big Chief" which is the same thing. In cool weather it makes an excellent cold smoker. With the addition of a thermostat wired is series with the heating element, and in cold weather, some heat resistant insulation around the outside it will do OK as a hot smoker. The AMNS will help with what ever smoker you end up using. Just don't spend too much to fix it up because a new Master Built Electric Smoker sell for less than $180.
  11. Thank you sooooo much Dave.  FINALLY I was able to get on this site!  The pictures of the smokehouse someone has posted show exactly how the smoker is to be set up, so that in itself, and what gingerus posted have given me enough clues to explore with smaller items.  I just bought a brisket and am dying to try it out.  I just crave smoked meat.  I don't have much time for the computer this morning, but hope to at least be able to read any responses that may be posted.  In the meantime, if anyone has any good instructions for smoking the brisket, please share.  I had some that was hot smoked at a dinner for our county fair volunteers and it was p u r  e  h e a v e n!!   The guy who smoked it said he injected a lot of broth in it, so I did buy a injector, and a oven thermometer.  I think the brisket weighs approx 3 lbs.   THANK YOU EVERYONE  I'll catch up a little later

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  12. Hi Pokey, thank you for your most kind response.  I'm new on this site and just trying to learn how to navigate the site, so everyone, please bear with  me.  I'm not sure I know what a pdf file is, but yes, I'd very much like to have it, just tell me what I need to do to get it.  Can it be posted on this site, or do I need to do something else?  Thanks you so much

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  13. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

  14. Pokey  I can't do adobe accrobat so will go to the library Tues and try it on their computers.  I just am not computer savvy.  Mainly just use it to print photo's, email, that kind of stuff.  Looking forward to getting the instructions.  I'll let you know if I get them, and a big thank you for your kindly response!

  15. Pokey I cannot figure out how to get in to your link.  I've tried to get past the sign in page but can't without posting an emai address and password etc. etc. etc.  I can't really download any new web sites as I have dial up and it takes forever, then just  stops.  Any other suggestions?  Just some basic ' how to' directions would at least get me started.  Thanks so  much

  16. I have access to Skydrive. when I logon this what I see:

    This item might not exist or is no longer available

    This item might have been deleted, expired, or you might not have permission to view it. Contact the owner of this item for more information.
  17. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

  18. will pay shipping if you still have smoker  ;]
  19. john lee

    john lee Newbie

    hi there.  I have a Mirro Smokehouse and have used and enjoyed it for years..BIG problem, I lost the instruction/recipie book.  Is there anyone here who has one that would be willing to duplicate theirs?  I would certainly pay for the copies and mailing it to Ohio.  Thanx
  20. I'm here for the exact same reason! My husband lost the instruction book too! We still have the smoker and our Christmas turkeys (our traditional food to bring to the family Christmas gatherings) have not been the same since. He now has a newfangled, electronically controlled self-feeding chip smoker. Every year my husband finds a new brine online, and it just isn't as good. I joined just because this thread is what I found, and yes, that's the smoker! Hopefully, I can find my way back to this post, and maybe someone will be able to help us out! I can see the page in my mind, but can't find the book. I've looked everywhere.