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Smoker for bacon

robrpb

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Currently I have a gas grill and a Weber 22" kettle. I would like to start smoking bacon and I would like a smoker for it. What are some suggestions for smokers? What features should I look for in it? Thanks. Rob
 

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If you want to use a garbage can to cook in find 1 that's not galvanized or put down something to keep the heat from leaching the zinc out of the metal, don't want nobody sick , I would rather have a MES so I have a choice of temps and not a 1 horse show, coarse the garbage can can be used for other stuff also, like garbage lol
 

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Rob-
Your kettle is a fine smoker.
Search snake method to use charcoal for a low steady heat. A smoke tube or tray adds the extra flavor for a smoked bacon.
You can skip the snake for a cold smoke.
 

bill ace 350

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If you want to use a garbage can to cook in find 1 that's not galvanized or put down something to keep the heat from leaching the zinc out of the metal, don't want nobody sick , I would rather have a MES so I have a choice of temps and not a 1 horse show, coarse the garbage can can be used for other stuff also, like garbage lol
Cold smoking, not cooking.

I don't recommend cooking in one either.
 

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If you want to use a garbage can to cook in find 1 that's not galvanized or put down something to keep the heat from leaching the zinc out of the metal, don't want nobody sick , I would rather have a MES so I have a choice of temps and not a 1 horse show, coarse the garbage can can be used for other stuff also, like garbage lol
Naw, for cold smoking he's fine galvanized steel doesn't start to off gas until it reaches 392F.

I'd start looking for a 55gal drum to make into a UDS then you can hot or cold smoke with it using a smoke tube or a charcoal basket for hot smoking.
Around here drums can be had for as little as $20 on Craigslist.
 
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Honestly you can cold smoke in a large cardboard box with an Amazon tray or tube. The bacon can sit on grates, or you can hang it.
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Use your Weber. You don’t specify where you live or if your interested in warm/hot or cold smoke. In the dead of a Canadian winter to cold smoke anything you will have to add heat to keep cabinet temperatures above freezing. If you live where winter isn’t an issue then all of the above suggestions will work. I use my MES 30 to cold smoke year round, A remote digital thermometer is a must, you monitor the pit temperature so you know when to add heat or ice depending upon your pit temperatures. I have been thinking of trying a incandescent light bulb for a heat source when ambient air temperatures are around 0C(32F). I just realized you posted in Cold Smoke-Bacon so whatever you use you will need to monitor pit temperatures and adjust temperatures accordingly.
 

robrpb

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Thanks to all who have replied. I appreciate it.

Murray Murray I live in southeast Florida in Royal Palm Beach. The temperature is usually in the 80's and 90's in the summer time. I didn't realize that I posted in Cold Smoke-Bacon. I saw bacon and posted there. I don't know the difference between cold or warm/hot smoked bacon. I will have to do more research. What is the preferred method to smoke bacon? Thanks. Rob
 

Murray

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Thanks to all who have replied. I appreciate it.

Murray Murray I live in southeast Florida in Royal Palm Beach. The temperature is usually in the 80's and 90's in the summer time. I didn't realize that I posted in Cold Smoke-Bacon. I saw bacon and posted there. I don't know the difference between cold or warm/hot smoked bacon. I will have to do more research. What is the preferred method to smoke bacon? Thanks. Rob
So adding heat isn’t a concern, you are one of those poor guys that relies on weather to cold smoke. MY preference is cold smoked bacon. Frozen water bottles will be your friend. For my first few bacon smokes I did Buckboard Bacon. Pork shoulder is cheap, it allows you to practice on an inexpensive piece of meat plus you have to figure out what you and your family like. My first bacon smoke was Bearcarver Bearcarver step by step, an excellent starting point, from there you can tweak the procedure to suit your taste.
 

bill ace 350

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Honestly you can cold smoke in a large cardboard box with an Amazon tray or tube. The bacon can sit on grates, or you can hang it.
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I smoked my first cheese in a cardboard box, with a soldering iron in a peanut can filled with hickory chips...

Hooked after that....
 

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Honestly you can cold smoke in a large cardboard box with an Amazon tray or tube. The bacon can sit on grates, or you can hang it.
Al
I smoked my first cheese in a cardboard box, with a soldering iron in a peanut can filled with hickory chips...

Hooked after that....
I tried cold smoking in my Big Chief. I had to keep unplugging or it got warm.

Cardboard cooking? I've had many cookies from a cardboard box and a tray of charcoal for heat. One of the basics that used to be taught in Scouts.
 

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