Smoke Production on Electric Smokers

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masondixon

Smoke Blower
Original poster
Just got a crazy good deal on an electric smoker that was on clearance at work. It is a Cajun Injector XL double door. I plan to use this primarily for jerky, bacon, sausage and other such goodies that need to be smoked at lower temps. I have read that at the lower temps smoke production can be challenging. I am thinking of picking up one of the A Maze N Smokers and simply using that instead of the provided chip tray for my smoke production. Do you guys think this would be my best bet for consistent smoke production at lower temps (100-145). Also, I realize that the Cajun Injector is not a widely used brand, but any other suggestions for basic mods that would be beneficial for my intended use?

PS I think I am trying the boss's patience. I am up to two smokers plus my Weber Genesis with a WSM 22.5 to be added to the family prior to summer. I think I need a bigger deck.
 
The AMNPS is an ideal choice....  It can be used with or without heat in the smoker, making it ideal for cold smoked cheese, bacon, salmon etc...    I've seen the double door smoker at my local farm store...  they look really nice having lots of room for stuff...   I'm sure you will enjoy using it......
 
Thanks Dave! I am seasoning the smoker this morning.
The AMNPS is an ideal choice....  It can be used with or without heat in the smoker, making it ideal for cold smoked cheese, bacon, salmon etc...    I've seen the double door smoker at my local farm store...  they look really nice having lots of room for stuff...   I'm sure you will enjoy using it......
Thanks Dave. I am seasoning it this morning. Can't wait to put it through its paces
 
I have not looked inside that smoker...  If there is not an area to elevate the AMNPS to allow for air flow under it, which has proven in some cases to be beneficial, I have learned from other members legs on the AMNPS does improve the burn and smoke generation..  Here's what I have done which is similar to others mods to the AMNPS....

 
Very slick....  nothing drips on the pellets...  great air flow...  pellets don't add heat to the smoker body when cold smoking...   I cold smoke below 70 deg. F...    I have found 3 each, 1" air holes works very well...  2 lower to add air to the smoke generator...   1 above to add air to insure complete combustion of the smoke AND move air out of the MB mod so there is no recirculating air..  recirculating air is low in oxygen...

 
I recently posted about my popcorn version of the mailbox mod. I've had my smoker for over a year, and the AMNPS for exactly a year. I wish I'd built this thing right after I got the AMNPS. The combination finally makes the smoke taste good, and it frees you from being a chip loader slave (every 30-45 minutes for 10+ hours when doing pulled pork). Also, having the AMNPS in an external enclosure completely eliminated all remaining issues of keeping the AMNPS lit (most of those can be solved by making sure you let it burn for ten minutes outside the smoker, before putting it inside and starting the smoke).

 
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