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Unread 01-15-2013, 10:48 PM   #1
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Default today is not my day (cold smoke fail) hahaha

well, today has not been my day, BUT i found multiple ways not to cold smoke. haha. Here is my setup:







all was going great. I have the cast iron chip box covered with HD foil, and tiny holes for the smoke to come out of. It sits about 1 inch above the heat source. The hot plate only has one setting.. high (possibly problem 1)

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flames shooting out of the holes made by a small screw driver. im thinking that the wood was at the charcoal stage and the flames were just gasses that happen to catch fire.. anyway, gotta figure out why it is catching fire, even with HD foil and like 5 small holes in it..

thanks for looking. cheese got at least 20 minutes of good smoke. it is now wrapped in baggies. however, it did smell pretty good.. maybe it will taste good.
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Ya gotta respect a man that is willing to post a failure instead of only the good stuff. Now, go get an A-maze-n cold smoker and never worry about this happening again.




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i have been thinking about it. i am determined to make this method work though. haha. its one of those guy moments... gotta finish this one before i move on.

thanks for the heads up on the amazen smoker
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There are MANY METHODS TO THE MADNESS. The BEST,most inexpensive,method I have found is a bean can and a cheap soldering iron.Very effective and CHEAP.SO simple yet so effective.
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yup.. just did some searching, the hot plate needs to be set to mediumish maybe medium low. just enough to smoke heat the chips up. my plate only has high because the dial broke so i wired it directly to a light switch. hahahahaha. ulta high mod. time for a new hot plate. off to wal greens right now..
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There are MANY METHODS TO THE MADNESS. The BEST,most inexpensive,method I have found is a bean can and a cheap soldering iron.Very effective and CHEAP.SO simple yet so effective.
i have done that one as well. just not alot of smoke. i used a 15 wat iron. i think i need a 30 or 45 wat iron. haha.

ok, let me ask this question rather... how much smoke is needed to smoke cheese? will little wisps every once in a while for 2 hours be enough?

thats what i need to find out first. haha
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I just completed a very successful cold smoke of cheese.

Not gloating.

Wow, that looks like a lot of work to cold smoke in Utah. I'm in Dallas, and it is 30-something degrees outside. I put my tin-can and soldering iron smoke generator full of Cherry chips in my WSM, and in 90 minutes, I had my smoked cheese ready to vacuum seal and rest for a couple of weeks.

Seriously, the tin can and soldering iron smoke generator rocks. Heat plus wood -- what else do you need? You can use it in a cardboard box, and get great results. Pure KISS.

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i have done that one as well. just not alot of smoke. i used a 15 wat iron. i think i need a 30 or 45 wat iron. haha.

ok, let me ask this question rather... how much smoke is needed to smoke cheese? will little wisps every once in a while for 2 hours be enough?

thats what i need to find out first. haha
Yep.Most cheese has enough smoke after 90 minutes.Smoke it VERRRY COLD,then vac seal or wrap in Saran Wrap/plastic wrap then in a freezer ziplock and put in the fridge for 2 weeks minimum to mellow.That is my madness method without buying exxxxpensive gadgets.
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I just completed a very successful cold smoke of cheese.

Not gloating.

Wow, that looks like a lot of work to cold smoke in Utah. I'm in Dallas, and it is 30-something degrees outside. I put my tin-can and soldering iron smoke generator full of Cherry chips in my WSM, and in 90 minutes, I had my smoked cheese ready to vacuum seal and rest for a couple of weeks.

Seriously, the tin can and soldering iron smoke generator rocks. Heat plus wood -- what else do you need? You can use it in a cardboard box, and get great results. Pure KISS.

Don't make life any harder than it needs to be.

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yeah its like 10*F right now.. way cold. i have it wraped and resting for two weeks right now. My method looks complected but i wanted to use the small trash can and wsj for a test drive. haha. might try the soldering iron trick again.

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i was told 4 hours for smoke on cheese. haha. that was somewhere else. not here. haha
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Some of the best smoked cheese I have ever tasted was done by my brother on his BGE with a soldering iron and a can with a metal pan of ice between the can and his cheese grate. Easy and cheap!

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looks like im gonna try the soldering iron again. haha
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maybe just to much wood ? i like jury rigged stuff like that !
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By the way, you can also use a piece of expanded metal bent like a half cylinder and some smoke pellets. I wrap it in foil and punch lots of small holes in the foil, works great. Do yourself a favor and use the simple methods so you can start enjoying the scrumptious smoked cheese




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i agree. KISS. i went to walgreens 15 minutes ago and bought a new hotplate that can do low temps. i also have a iron i am going to try. its the high heat killing me. when i make homemade charcoal, i use a propane burner on low and the gasses from the one hole in me paint bucket will catch fire. its crazy. haha. gonna try it out a few more times this week with teh iron method and my new hot plate. haha. i hope my iron is good enough. cheap 12$ from radioshack

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