First cheese smoke-Smokin-It #2 + AMNPS

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May 29, 2013
Northern VA
Did it!  

Morning temps were cool.  I had a pound or so of pepper jack that has been mocking me for months now.  I was having some issues with my AMNPS in the SI#2, where the temps got a little high, the smoker went out at the two hour mark when I was testing the other day

Today I took out the smoker box altogether to promote air flow.  I filled up the drip pan with ice and put it directly below the cheese.  This was about twice the ice I had the other day.  I put a tin foil tent over the AMNPS to prevent any condensation from dripping on the pellets.

I put the cheese in for two hours, checking on it at the one hour mark.  I decided at that point to put a air pump into the drip hole to "promote" a little more air flow.  I did so more as an experiment more than anything.  

I pulled the cheese at 2 hours, and it was cold to the touch when I pulled it.  Not sure what the outside temp was, but internally the smoker never got above 56F.  One thing I noted and I think it is a result of the cold temp inside, smoke was mostly coming from around the doors and drip hole vs coming out the exhaust vent.  I think the ice had that much of an impact the air density that it would not allow the smoke to rise out of the top.  Since I opened the smoker to pull the cheese, the internal temp has risen to 70, and I am seeing smoke out the top now. So, I'm not a science major, but I am guessing my air density theory is correct.

The cheese is drying before I vac-seal for a minimum of three weeks.

Since I have the smoke going, I put in some coarse and fine sea salt, pepper and garlic just to give it a try.  Going in for a minimum of 5 hours.  I'll post pics when I am done.

At 2.5 hours, the smoke being generated. I took the air pump out a half hour ago.  Internal temp is 73F.

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