Cold Smoker Box from Rec Tec

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rellwood

Newbie
Original poster
Jun 16, 2016
19
13
San Francisco
New to Smoking meats and just got a Rec Tec, Made great Pork Ribs. I was wondering if anyone has the Cold Smoker Box from Rec Tec and how they like it. I've read some reviews on line and not sure about the ability to smoke salmon or cheese. My thought would be to use a smoke tube in the main part of the grill and hopeful that will keep a low enough temp in the box as to not melt the cheese.

I would like to know now if any one has one of these and if it is worth it?

Thanks

Robert
 

thorn73

Newbie
Jan 1, 2012
5
10
I have the cold smoker box for my RecTec and it works great if you do what you described by putting a tube or other smoke generator in the main body of the grill. If you run the grill it gets to hot even at the lowest setting. I have smoked a ton of cheese in it using my smoke tube in the grill. It also works great as a warming area while cooking on the grill. I put trays of beans and various other stuff in there and it has been awesome for that extra room for that stuff. 
 

rellwood

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Original poster
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Jun 16, 2016
19
13
San Francisco
Thank youThorn73 for your reply. I'm still thinking about getting one. I like the idea of having extra space for warming or smoking.
 

westby

Smoking Fanatic
Jan 17, 2011
384
75
Winona, MN
Cold smoke box is a bit of a misnomer. You will not be able to smoke cheese in it - it gets too hot and the cheese will melt.
 

rellwood

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Jun 16, 2016
19
13
San Francisco
I was thinking if I use a smoking tube in the main part of the grill and then place the cheese in the Cold smoke part. If it starts getting hot I can open the main part of the grill to cool down. I think this might work.
 

dan clements

Newbie
Jun 11, 2016
7
11
Seattle Area
I really enjoy the cold smoker, and use it quite a bit. Great for bacon and cheese.

If you purchase one, a hint on the install. The circular metal piece is a backing plate the is placed in the grill behind the upper two bolts (see photo). The instructions are a bit murkey. This is also a two person job.

Good luck!

 

dan clements

Newbie
Jun 11, 2016
7
11
Seattle Area
I see several folks indicating the RecTec cold smoke box temperatures are too high for cold smoking items like cheese and pork belly. Here is a photo of thermometers about four hours in smoking a pork belly for bacon.

Air temperature was 45-50 degrees, and I used the Xtreme Smoke toggle turned on. My guess is that having the fan turn on and off, and having pellets smolder also acts to keep temps lower. Temp about 70 in lower part of box, 115 in upper section.

I have used smoke tubes in the past, and they work quite well. Have not used it since I purchased the cold smoke box.

We live north of Seattle, so the climate is more moderate than other parts of the country. The cold smoker works great for us!

 

millerspal

Newbie
Jul 14, 2014
11
11
When using the smoke tube are you simply using the smoke tube for the production of smoke and not turning the smoker on?
 

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