View Full Version : Cold Smoking when it is Freakishly Cold

12-15-2016, 11:42 AM
So I went ahead and bought Tartar Quality Salmon filets to cold smoke them before I decided to check the weather. We had been having mild weather in Montreal and it just so happens, it decided to take a turn. From today to tomorrow, it will be between -11 to -25F.....thank you polar vortex!

So what do I do? Can I still cold smoke my salmon or is it going to freeze? I have read some stuff on the internet saying to put a 100W light bulb in my smoker, to putting a heating element and turn it on to some setting that gets me to 32-40F, or even light a couple of briquettes....

If I am planning on cold smoking for ~ 4 hours, can I put my fish out there in the smoker or will it be a block of ice?

Thanks in advance folks!

P.S. Forgot to mention, I have an outdoor structure covered with a winter-proof tarp so I can cold smoke under but I do need to partially open the door for the smoke to escape.

12-15-2016, 01:28 PM
I use my offset with my weed burner on pretty low in the firebox to get the smoking chamber to about 70 degrees F.

12-15-2016, 02:21 PM
Hmmm...that could work. Thanks for the idea :-)