The PID I picked up is from Auber Instruments. Not the cheapest but works great holds temp within 1 or 2 degrees. You can save up tp 6 smoke schedules. Each schedule can be configured for time and temp. Sach as for snack sticks you can build a schedule that will control each time temp phase. Turn it on and it runs the schedule. Away to save some cost is to pickup a used mes that the buner still works. You will be bypassing the OEM PID anyway. To finsh off my MES, I added a Smokedaddy cold smoker and placed a ceramic floor tile over the buner to disipate the heat. Both my MES’s have hot spots back right corner. Vent is right over the buner pulling heat straight up that side. I like how my setup works so far.
Just threw in a batch of summer sausage and ring bologna in the smoker at -15°F…Brutal. Question i have is on fibrous casings. Does the smoke really penetrate the fibrous casing to get smoke flavor on the meat or should i just skip the smoking part? This time i got the prestuck mahogany summer sausage casing, it is an absolute mess with the meat oozing out of the prestuck holes. I will stick with the non stuck casing from now on. Also for the ring bologna i used the fibrous 18"×40mm. Very nice casing!
You should get good smoke penetration though fibrous casings. I would not skip smoking or you will miss out on a big part of the traditional summer sausage taste profile.
As far as pre-stuck casings go, I avoid them.
The bigger issue for you may be maintaining temperature in the smoker at these low outside air temps. Is your smoker insulated?
processhead yes, insulated well from the factory. Temp isnt an issue besides me working out in it. Actually not terrible, sun is shining and no wind. Ive been going out with no jacket.
That looks like a fine unit. No worries, just keep your tender vegetation covered up when you step out. lol
I’ll use up the pre-stuck casings I have and will probably not use again. Didn’t have a problem with meat leeching out but it doesn’t look the greatest. I’ve actually never had an unstuck casing burst.
Haven’t had an issue with fibrous not taking in smoke.
-15… Yeah, this sucks. Showing -4 right now, A heat wave.
twilliams -15 and making sausage, that is dedication!