My " mini " experiment

Discussion in 'Mini-WSM' started by c farmer, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I know Case cold smokes with his mini but stacks pots.  I dont know if anybody else colds smokes in the mini.

    So I got a 6" tube smoker from Todd.  

    I didnt have another pot so I am trying it just the way the mini is.

    Air temp = 42 degrees


    She puts out some smoke.  LOL


    Hard to see out the top vent


    Probe right on the steamer diffuser.


    Kind of breezy today so I insulated her.


    The highest the temp got was 75 degrees.

    A rise of 33 degrees on the diffuser.

    Temp difference between diffuser and cooking grate only varied by 3 degrees.

    I am sure you could put frozen water bottles on the diffuser to help with the temps.

    So the mini can be used to cold smoke in the fall, winter, and spring.

    I will have to see what this summer brings.

    I will keep updating this tread as I try different stuff.

    I am open to ideas too.

    I had fun doing it, maybe it will help some of you out there.  Or maybe not.
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  2. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Good experiment and frozen water bottle would be a good idea i think.  That mini is looking pretty clean, you must not be using it much. )))
     
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your eyes must be bad.      [​IMG]

    I will try the bottles next time.
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    So how dies that smoked air taste? Shoulda thrown some cheese or hard boiled eggs in there!
     
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Show's how much you know....Adam was bottling TBS.  It's a more natural version of liquid smoke! :)
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Does that make him a TBS farmer, or a TBS hoarder.
     
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like to test run things so I dont ruin any food.
     
  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It smelled great, I just used oak pellets.

    Where do you set your vents at Case?
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For cold smoking all of them wide open.
     
  10. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had one intake vent closed. Get better smoke with both open?
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like lots of good airflow. Especially since the smoker is so small.
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok, thanks.
     
  13. texastiger

    texastiger Fire Starter

    Thanks for sharing! Good stuff! I smoked some cheese a couple of months ago on the mini with my AMNPS. I didn't use water bottles or anything to hold the temp down - it was in the 50's outside and the smoker temp stayed in the 70's. I have a terra cotta saucer as a diffuser. I also set all the vents wide open. It was my first experiment with cold smoking and I was pleased with the results. 
     
  14. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    My smoke comes from the outside in but if i used something like a amts in it i'd put a solid mass in between the tube and what i'm cold smoking. 
     
  15. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Why?
     
  16. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Just because  heat that is generated by the tube  will be shielded by a mass.  It's not gonna block and absorb all the heat but it would help. 
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  17. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I cold smoked a few things in my mini with my homemade tube smoker and noticed the same, about a 20-25 degree rise over ambient temp. I think I remember reading that the original Amazn smoker using dust puts out less heat, so maybe as the weather warms that might be the way to go. I like the frozen water bottle idea too.
     
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Adam,

    If you use a frozen water bottle make sure that you have something solid between the water bottle and the AMNTS. The bottle will sweat and that liquid dripping on the AMNTS will put it out.
     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bearcarver turned me on to putting the bottle in a pan and then it doesn't drip. I call it my Bear Cooler.
     
  20. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a plan.
     

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