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Cold smoking when it’s hot, hot, hot.

Discussion in 'Fish' started by cooker613, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. cooker613

    cooker613 Meat Mopper

    I have my new amazen pellet smoker ready, got a nice side of salmon, ready to make lox. But...it’s been about 109 here in Phoenix and is expected to stay in the 100+ degree range. Are there any special steps or techniques I should employ to keep my temps in proper range when it’s so hot?
  2. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    All I've read is filling the water pan with ice. Which If it's over 90 I'm not sure will do much good, was wondering this my self!
  3. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ice by itself could lead to moisture. I usually use frozen quart soda bottles.

  4. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I use frozen 1 gallon jugs, but in that heat I doubt you will be able to keep the smoker temp under 90 degrees, which is where you need to be for lox.
  5. cooker613

    cooker613 Meat Mopper

    Thanks guys. That was just the kind of help I needed. I think as next week it will be in the mid 90’s and in the 70’s at night, there could be a late night smoking in my future. I’ll try to remember to document my efforts.
  6. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I'm some how guessing my brain sidelining to 'Hey Dry Ice' is a bad idea LOL
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pellets create quite a bit of heat.... Dust doesn't create near the heat as pellets...
    Try turning your pellets into dust... I have done it and it works very well... The dust gives off less smoke but it burns longer so #/# I think the smoke is close to the same...
    With dust, you can start the smoke about midnight and let it go through to the morning... I have done that... waiting until the evening temp drops...
    Below is how I made dust from pellets....

  8. cooker613

    cooker613 Meat Mopper

    Excellent idea. But I’m not sure I could talk my wife into letting me use the food processor.
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wet dissolved pellets break apart in the water.. Tell her it's time for a new blender... use something old and keep it... Get her a new something....