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funman1 11-24-2012 05:39 PM

What Temperature is the Big Chief?
Trying to replicate where a recipie calls for using the Big Chief Smoker, and I have no idea what they run at?
Ddi extensive searching and found nothing...
I know they are used for cold smoking and have no adjustment on them so I assume low 100's?

Anyone have one and actually see where the temps stay?
I also know it will greatly fluctuate on outside temp but just looking for a ball park..


IamMadMan 11-24-2012 06:14 PM

I think they are actually less than 100.

They are actually a thin aluminum electric smoke generator used for cold smoking cheeses, fish, and sausages.

funman1 11-24-2012 06:29 PM

hmm ok less than 100

IamMadMan 11-24-2012 06:37 PM


Originally Posted by funman1 (Post 2280005)
hmm ok less than 100

Maybe this will help....

Big Chief Cold Smoker Page/

Instruction Booklet in PDF Format

You will see most of the recipes call for 1 - 2 hours of smoking and then finishing in the oven or grill.

Being oysters, other seafood, and cheese are involved I am guessing the temperatures would have to be below 100 (or even lower) or the oysters and clams would dry out after 2 hours of smoking at a higher temperature. Cheese obviously would melt if in a higher temperature for 2 - 3 hours...

funman1 11-24-2012 07:02 PM

Yeah I looked through that before posting
Still didn't see temps :(

columbia1 11-24-2012 08:43 PM

I have used the little and big chiefs for years smoking salmon, if I had to guess I would say they run about 180' empty, at first when you put your meats in the temps will drop because of the meat sucking up the heat.

columbia1 11-24-2012 08:46 PM

I made my cold smoker after my first little chief burned out. I ripped the bottom heating element and associated sheet metal out and placed the rest of the smoker on top of another smoker.

grantw 11-24-2012 10:47 PM

Mine runs 140 to 150 depending on the day

thirdeye 11-24-2012 11:16 PM


Originally Posted by grantw (Post 2280175)
Mine runs 140 to 150 depending on the day

Yeah that's right in the ball park, if you set it in the sun you can get another 10 or 15 degrees. I use insulation and an oversize box on mine and can get close to 200.

funman1 11-24-2012 11:45 PM

ahhh ok.
I have my WBS cranked up to 130 now instead of down below 100
Thanks guys...

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