Cardboard box build sealant question

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by mike w, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    I have an AMNPS and started working on a cardboard box build to cold smoke some bacon and cheese until I can build a small smokehouse.

    My question is whether it will be okay to use packing tape or 100mph tape to seal up the box?

    I plan to have the AMNPS set up in some type of mailbox mod and the smoke ought to travel through that cardboard tube (32" long by 3.5" diameter) into the curing box so the smoke will be cool (I hope)

    The smokestack is just the roll from a paper towel.

    What improvements should make to this? I don't have a glue gun for sealing the holes. I figured I could tape around them.

    Thanks for looking

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tape will be just fine for your cold smoke box. I actually like a leaky cold smoker.
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  3. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Dirtsailor, I appreciate it!
  4. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    Those were the inspiration for building it. I read through those and saw some folks using aluminum tape, so I wanted to check just in case about using some other kind. Thanks again!

  5. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    I got it built. Picked up the box at the thrift store and cut out the hole for the duct with tin snips and cut a slot for air flow. Seems to be working so far. I put some cheese in to smoke as we test it out.

    Thin blue smoke looks like
  6. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Mike, I was going to say tape, but you've moved on and completed it.

    Looks good for a temporary cold smoker.

    Are you going to use the "Mailbox" when you build a smokehouse, or are you going to use something else?
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good! Remember to let the cheese sit for a few weeks before trying it.
  8. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    Danny has a hot plate for me for a heat source but I'm going to keep the duct and the "mailbox" and use that also. I saw one of Mr. Ts set up where he has the duct wrapped along the smokehouse so I think I will do something similar. That way I can cold smoke and hot smoke in it.

  9. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    Thank you! Yep I plan to vac seal it to rest. Mr. T has a great thread which was a bunch of help for me.
  10. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    Qview. Color looks good, not deep caramel but I had some clouds roll in that dropped the temperature and messed with the pellets staying lit. I think I might install a little computer fan in the box to keep some constant airflow on the pellets. Planning to build one to stick in the fridge for dry aging beef.


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