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    Cold smoking

    Anyone got any experience of using the Pro Q cold smoke generator?

    I started my cold smoker project last night and with the help of the kids we knocked this up out of offcuts of ply and timber I got from work. Got some hinges and padbolts to create a door, a sliding vent to go in the panel above the door and some stainless tube and brackets for hanging and supporting the wire racks.



    I am torn between creating a seperate firebox piped to the smoker box via 4" ducting & baffles which is cheap or paying for the Pro Q smoke generator that would keep things nice and compact, but doesn't allow for much variation in heat or smoke.

    Oh and I've never cold smoked anything before so any tips are greatly received too!!

    Stratts
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    I did a lot of smoking with one when I first started. Great wee tool. If you get one you won't regret it Longest I ever had mine burning for was about 15 hours on one fill.

    That cabinet looks to be just the job, mate. You'll find after a few uses that it starts to discolour & take on a gorgeous aroma. I have a Bradley now, but you'll probably find you can eventually leave cheese in the cabinet for a day or so and it'll flavour it without any actual smoke.

    For cold-smoking meats & fish, get yourself some Cure1 (or Prague Powder1.......same thing) and add this to your brines in the recommended quantity. In our climate, the chances are temperatures could get into the danger zone of 25-30C & this case)n promote botulism. The use of cure (or nitrites) prevents this completely..........DON'T listen to any crap about them being bad for you. It's all complete & utter bilge.

    Have a read up on the use of cures and brines? There's a shedload of info' out there, but if you get stuck just ask
    Last edited by Woodsmoke; 16-01-2015 at 14:59.

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    Thanks mate I've had the powders and other bits and bobs for ages just never got round to doing it! Someone bought me a smoking and curing kit for xmas and it kick started things off again!!

    One of my aims this year is to actually get off my arris and do the things I keep saying I'm going to. Next project is a clay pizza oven for the garden ready for summer!
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    Oh where to begin? Smoking meat/fish is a passion throughout parts of the US. Asking specifics is much like asking favorite caliber or make/model - a hundred right answers.

    Personally, I prefer a warm/moist smoke - but then I mainly do pork. When doing wildfowl I always brine first, go with a much lower smoke temp, and prefer to use a fruit wood. For fish (oily fish work best, flaky fish just falls apart), I sugar brine, then use a "soft" hardwood.

    for a cold smoke, I prefer a fruitwood and an indirect fire pit.

    good luck with it, not much creates more epicurean foreplay than a good smoky aroma!

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    I built a cold smoker many years ago.

    I had a remote firebox, with ductwork to the smoke chamber, and used a mix of oak and apple sawdust.

    I dry salted, and smoked, trout, pheasant, woodcock, woodpigeon, mallard, cheese, hard boiled eggs.

    This has bought back very fond memories. I may just build another one.



    Steve.

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    I just did a search for smoke generators and it seams that a cheap in box solution is a soldering iron in a tin can of saw dust. some people were suggesting that results were on a par to the one you mentioned.

    Quote Originally Posted by stratts View Post
    Anyone got any experience of using the Pro Q cold smoke generator?

    I started my cold smoker project last night and with the help of the kids we knocked this up out of offcuts of ply and timber I got from work. Got some hinges and padbolts to create a door, a sliding vent to go in the panel above the door and some stainless tube and brackets for hanging and supporting the wire racks.



    I am torn between creating a seperate firebox piped to the smoker box via 4" ducting & baffles which is cheap or paying for the Pro Q smoke generator that would keep things nice and compact, but doesn't allow for much variation in heat or smoke.

    Oh and I've never cold smoked anything before so any tips are greatly received too!!

    Stratts

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    I picked up a 'Cold Smoke Generator' at the CLA Game Fair last year and it is very good at what it does. It does cost a bit to buy but is well built and should last a long time.

    Building a smoker box is on my To Do list for this year so I think I will get on that next week, having been inspired by your creation.

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    Got it finished today and had a quick experiment with some oak shavings but couldn't get them to stay smouldering very long!! They may just be a bit damp after being in the garage so long!!





    Just need to get some wire racks to go on the brackets and I used some stainless steel pipe and munson rings for hanging from.



    I think I'm going to try the remote box 1st to keep costs down. My mentor told me about a sawdust fire he used to have in his workshop so we're going to try and make a mini version to create the smoke using an old calor gas bottle cut down. Will post the progress and results,

    Stratts

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    If you build one in a garage or workshop make sure you can get it out when it's done!! I only have a single door now and had to remove the roof to get it out!! Luckily the rest just fitted through but it was close!!
    Last edited by stratts; 17-01-2015 at 18:48.
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    That looks great! To be honest, you could save yourself a lot of pain & just buy the Pro-Q straight out? Speaking from painful experience, it'll save you a lot of hassle!

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    Strats

    PM me your address I have a load of Walnut Shavings I will ship you some, you can try it sometime. Took a Walnut tree some time back and these are the remains from the shaping in December.
    Gary Beechener

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