diy smoke generator

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by monoxide, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    does any one have any plans on how to make a smoke generator? also i was thinking since a cardboard box is safe to cold smoke in what about a 35 to 55 gallon plastic drum? i know it wouldnt be good for hot smoking but what about cold smoking cheese? i was thinking i could use a coffee can for a smoke generator. i just dont know how to light it and keep it lit. i want to get a a-maze-n pellet smoker but right now my funds wont let me. "funds being my girl and her daughter" lol. i have a little box i welded up in school but it is to small to use unless i put it in a coffee can and used that for a smoker. lol. so any ideas and if it is safe to use this drum i have?
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You can use the Soldering Iron in a can of Chips...Lots of guys do...The Plastic Barrel should be fine as long as it was food grade...As far as Hot smoking if you use an Electric source for heat and keep temp below 250*F, I imagine the plastic would handle that low heat and not melt...[​IMG]...Use it for your cold smoker build and save any shavings that come off from drilling holes...Heat the shaving in an oven at 200-225-250 and 300*F to see if there is any change...That will give you a definitive answer...Heres more info...JJ

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/101226/soldering-iron-and-cold-smoking
     
  3. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    ill look into the soldering iron and can method. i wonder if my soldering iron would work.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If your iron has solder on the tip... Don't use it.... It could be lead... buy a new one for $9 at w-mart...... Dave
     
  5. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  6. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower


    yea that was a give in the tip on mine is clean but has like melted off from use. i will grab another one one of these days. what about using a hot plate or some thing? and just setting it low
     
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Or for a few $ more you could go here http://www.amazenproducts.com/  and get something designed to do the job. This product is used by lots of folks here and has rave reviews  
     
  8. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    i am gonna get one of those as soon as i can. but right now its not in my budget.
     
  9. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    What kind of can would you recommend using? I was thinking a coffee can or some thing.
     
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I pulled these pics from Chef JJ's post... #2 in this thread.... This should give you an idea... Dave

     
  11. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    I'm working on a cold smoke generator made out of an O2 bottle. When its complete I will post the pics and it should give you some idea's
     
  12. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    I will have to try that one. I have that same soldering iron bad thing is it has solder on it. I'll have to grab a new one.

    Can you cold smoke burgers or a steak? Like not cook it but just get that strong smokey flavor all we have are propane grills except for at my dads house and I love the smokey flavor.
     
  13. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You definately should NOT cold smoke Hamburger...As far as Grills go, a double or triple thick HD Aluminum foil pouch with Wood Chips and some holes punched in, placed just touching but not directly on a burner will make plenty of Smoke for Burgers and Steaks...JJ
     
  14. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    Thanks jimmy. If I do foil over the chips do I just build a box or do I cover fully with holes in it for air and smoke
     
  15. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    here is the smoke generator i made. my soldering iron had soulder on the tip of it so i cut off about a 1/4 inch of the tip and it is clean down there so idk if i should still use it or not. i plan to get a a-maze-n smoker but right now i cant afford it all my money is going to fixing my truck up so its safe to drive. lol let me know if i even did it right.

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  16. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    Did I do every thing right on that?
     
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Monoxide, evening,   Hey, looks good... Are you happy with the smoke ???  It should burn chips, pellets and sawdust just fine.... Get it going.. creat smoke... take pictures....  We love pictures you know.....  Dave
     
  18. monoxide

    monoxide Smoke Blower

    I haven't been able to try the smoke I wanted to know if I set the can up right. I don't think there is any lining on the inside. It was a can of peas from Walmart if that helps any. Also my soldering iron had solder on the tip so I cut the tip off to where no solder was but I wanted some input from the experts if it is safe to use now.
     
  19. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Monoxide, morning.......    Put the iron in the can about 1/4 full of chips... plug it in.... watch to see what kind of smoke you get.... how long it lasts.... if it catches on fire.... if you are happy with the way it works.... take pics.....  If it starts to burn (flames), close the flap on the end of the can to reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the chips..... take more pics..... we all can learn something here....

    Lots of folks who have not used this "soldering iron" method are checking in to learn something....  GO FOR IT !!!! ... become a shining star on SMF and teach them how to do it....  If you have a failure, that will be a learning experience for yourself and others as a "how not to do it" lesson....  It is all good... do not worry.... I report my failures on here to try and save others from errors in judgment (or lack of knowledge).......   Now, your next post should be a complete tutorial on how you made the can... size hole... etc.... amount of chips... how long it burned... and what you would do different the next time, so we have a valuable learning experience from your cold smoking tin can soldering iron build...  It is all good.....

    Your friend in the long smokey ride....   Dave
     

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