Blue smoke , white smoke.

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by bigtuna61, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. bigtuna61

    bigtuna61 Newbie

    OK I've read a lot on here about blue smoke white smoke. What makes it blue or what makes it white. I have a 6ft. X 2ft. X 2ft. Cedar smoker. With a side box piped in. Thank you for any replys.
  2. TBS is good. White is not burning all of the way. It will make things taste nasty.

    Happy smoken.

  3. Well maybe I'm color blind or crazy, but I have been cold smoking for 30 years and never saw blue smoke.  I smoke with a nice clean white smoke and it's dont taste nasty.  
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There is a difference.... You just may have not noticed it....

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014
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  5. Ok this white smoke, blue smoke thing is bothering me... so I just went outside to check my smoker and I guess the smoke is not exactly white and not blue... It's somewhere between like gray... So I just stay with that... Gray smoke is better LOL
  6. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

      I use both, blue and white depending on the product being smoked.  Normally blue for long smokes, white for much shorter ones, then you have the tweener.

    Maybe the following will help.  Understanding Smoke Management - updated 5/18/13

  7. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Color can be subjective, especially gray.

    When I see gray I am not burning cleanly (sooty), when I see white I am burning a little cleaner, when I see what is referred to as TBS Thin blue smoke I am perfect.

    If you look at the pic that Dave posted and that looks like your (Gray) then you are good, but we call that (Blue)

    On my GOSM I go for a wisp of smoke at the most.

    On my stickburner, I don't want to see HARDLY any smoke at all.

    Then you got STEAM

    Higher heat cooks can sometimes confuse folks as they think the steam is smoke (much like folks that soak their chips, they think the steam is smoke), but you can tell the difference the way the steam behaves as it's heavier.

    Last edited: Dec 9, 2014
  8. Yes this is what mine looks like.. It does look blue in this light.  Last night I'm outside looking with the flashlight in the snow and cold, oh what fun we have smoking! 

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