I have a smoke hollow propane smoker. I am wondering, if I disconnect the propane for safety, take out water pan, then set a 1000w electric hot plate on top of the propane burner, used smoker pellets in a stainless pan, would that make a cold smoker? This way I can have both types smokers.
The propane set up won’t go lower then 250 degrees.
Any input appreciated
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@ace202 I have a similar set up and this works fine, instead of a hotplate I use an Amazn tube for my cold smoking and it works well. I use this to primarily smoke cheese, chili peppers, salt, etc. good luck.
thanks for the info. may go this route as about the same price. Now to just find one nearby
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@ace202 I’ve tried the same set up,with a hot plate you will need a certain temp to smoke the wood which will increase the temp of your ass more chamber, the amaze n smoker works very well for non heat generated smoke,they are a little pricey, I made one from some mesh and a tomato paste can
@ace202 When I want to cold smoke something I generally use either an A-Maze-N Tube 12" or the Camerons Flip Professional Smoke Box in a smoker like the 30 Inch Weston or our PK-100. The PK-100 operates on a hot plate system and says it can do temps as low as 60 degrees but I still think it heats up the chamber too much. So I would recommend going with something like @tswohl6 has, it seems to work better and as an added benefit it is simpler.
The only thing you might want to factor in with something like the Flip Professional Smoke Box or the A-Mazen Tube is that will need either a blow torch, some Firestarters or some food safe lighting gel to get and keep everything burning.
my recipe for Cactus Jacks Kabanosy, calls for 45 minutes at 120 degree, and half hour at 160 until meat reaches 145 internally.
So the a-maze-n smoker will get my smokhollow up to those temps ok? with just using the a-maze-n smoker for heat?
@ace202 No, if you are needing to get to an internal temp of 145 you are not going to get there with cold smoking techniques. I apologize, because the title was cold smoker I just assumed you were needing to keep the internal temperatures of the product very low. I will tell you this, I don’t think 45 minutes at 120 degrees and then 30 minutes at 160 is going to get meat to an internal temp of 145. However it also says that you should leave it in until the internal temp has reached your goal so go with that.
To reach those temps with a propane smoke box a hot plate is the only way I can think to do it. The vertical smoker we carry that would handle those low temperatures is the PK-100 and that is a hot plate system.
so if I run the A-Maze-n 12" smoker AND a hot late, I should be abe to get those temps. Not wanting to break the bank
@ace202 You could do both if you wanted but there is an easier (and less expensive) way. If you are going to run a hot plate then that becomes your heat and smoke source, simply get a Stainless Steel Smoking Pan or something like it, fill it with sawdust and then add enough water so all the sawdust is damp. The heat from the hot plate will cause the sawdust/fine woodchips to smolder and that will be your smoke source.
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I cold smoke all kinds of products to sell at the local farmer’s markets. Altho I use the Masterbuilt setup I’ve seen other people make their own with a 3" dryer vent hose.
The only trick is to keep your smoke generating source away from your smoker unit as all smoke will contain some heat. The father away the better for your product. Also make sure you’re smoker unit isn’t parked in a sunny spot as this will also increase the temperature inside the unit itself. I have to use a sheet of plywood on the side of mine in the early mornings to keep the sun from hitting it.
@carla-edwards Good setup, I like the glass insert to let you monitor without opening. Welcome to the board, always good to get some cold smoking expertise on here!
MMMMMM I was going to add Citric acid so maybe I’ll adjust and maybe do half one way.
Thanks for info.Tarp.
@tarp First, I think you are wise to go with the 1/2 to 10 lb ratio if you haven’t tried that cheese yet it is extremely hot! Very good tasting but it is nothing at all like our Hot Pepper cheese which tastes more like pepper jack, this stuff deserves its name in my opinion.
As for the flavor, I think they will match up fairly well. That might change if you use encapsulated citric acid, I can see the tang from the acid maybe not going so well with the Ghost Pepper Cheese. However, I also like adding Citric Acid when I make Habanero Lime snack stick so tang and heat aren’t necessarily a bad match, just something to think about!
I’m going to make some pepperoni sticks in a few days and was wondering if anyone has added ghost pepper high temp.cheese to the excalibur product. My wife thinks not . I’m talking 1/2 lb to 10lbs meat.
But we like it hotter than most people but it might not flavor it correctly.???
Will it BBQ? Smores!
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Obviously, Smores will BBQ, doing them on a grill is basically the same process as over a fire but doing it on the BBQ might have a few advantages. With normal smores, you are relying on the heat from the marshmallow to melt the chocolate and you can only do a few at a time.
Some people might say doing it this way takes all the fun out of it, the messy gooey fingers are part of it and if you have kids I’m sure that’s true but if you are making larger quantities for a dessert then this is the way to go. We lined the bottom of a foil pan with graham crackers then we laid a few pieces of chocolate on top of those and put the marshmallow ontop of that. We left the top layer of graham crackers off until just before it was done so we could easily monitor their progress.
We did a few where we cut a slit in the marshmallows and inserted a small piece of chocolate to see if that made any difference in the finished appearance.
We had our grill running at 450° and we let them cook for about 10 minutes.So, Will it BBQ?
I sprinkled some Cinnamon toast shake on these and just like always that made things a lot tastier!
So, in the end, is this any better than doing it over a fire? Well that depends, if the little ones want to use something like the Fire Fishing Pole and make an evening of it then this might take some of the fun out of it. However, if you are just wanting to make some delicious gooey smores for a lot of people then this is the way to go!Shop Walton’s for Broil King S 590 Weston Pro Series #32 Meat Grinder Hi-Temp Ghost Pepper Cheese
@mesbilawson That’s awesome, hope your next batch is as good as the first!
@jonathon Thank you so much. We are very excited to make more snack sticks. We ordered more supplies today!