Clean Up Smoke, that's where my money Goes

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  1. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    I started piping smoke to my MES 40 from a Masterbuilt Cold Moke Kit a few months ago with @Mr T 59874 help.

    It made a huge difference in taste and consistency of cheese in my cold smokes and I started using it for my hot smokes too. Friends and family all commented on the cleaner taste in the meats. So, inspired by Mr T posts and a recent @Setesh post I tried to recreate some experiments when the temp dropped last night and gave me an opportunity to do another cheese smoke.

    Ambient temp at 1945 63 degrees. I set up for cold smoking with cardboard box for the cheese. DIDNT plug in MES to avert epic fail. Smoke generator burned apple wood chips.

    Of note I used my local weather for ambient temp instead of probes. That probably threw off the ambient numbers compared to boil tested probes.

    I filled three baggies with ice water and placed temp probes near where I place the bags.
    Bag 1 was in pipe next to smoke generator and 9 foot from MES.
    Bag 2 was placed in MES.
    Bag 3 was placed in cheese box on top of MES

    Placed cheese in with smoke rolling at 2015: ambient temp 63 still.
    Bag 1: 69 degrees
    Bag 2: 65 degrees
    Bag 3: 62 degrees

    2100 ambient: 59 degrees
    Bag 1: 70 degrees
    Bag 2: 60 degrees
    Bag 3: 54 degrees

    2200 ambient: 57 degrees
    Bag 1: 64 degrees
    Bag 2: 61 degrees
    Bag 3: 51 degrees

    2300 ambient 57 degrees
    Bag 1: 66 degrees
    Bag 2: 60 degrees
    Bag 3: 53 degrees

    0001 ambient 55
    Bag 1 : 66 degrees
    Bag 2: 59 degrees
    Bag 3: 50 degrees

    End result on probes: Bag 1 temp stayed warmer than ambient and smoke boxes. If bag one was in an insulated chamber the temp would have rose even higher. Bag 2, consistent temp of initial chamber (MES) was significantly cooler after traveling through 9 foot of pipe. However it was still warm. Bag 3 stayed coolest of all three through process and closer to ambient (below if you trust the weather app).

    Bag 1
    Bag 2
    Bag 3

    Creosote test. Bag 1 was very sticky after 5 hours near the generator and had visible creosote deposits. Bag 2 was hazy and a bit tacky, not near as bad as Bag 1. Bag 3 was dusty, but not sticky at all.

    Conclusion: Perfect smoked cheese right out of smoker, no creosote, no need to "rest" cheese. No melting or change in the cheese consistency. Fridge stocked again!
    Last edited: May 7, 2016
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  2. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]   Congratulations, you did it. Great and informative thread. I am quite certain you now understand your equipment and how making small changes can greatly improve your products.  Point

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Excellent smoke!

    Great post, very informative!

  4. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Thank you for all your time and patience Tom!
  5. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Thank you Al, as informative as I can with a 3 year old trying to help me type! This Forum and the good people on it has completely altered how I approach smoking and increased my knowledge by magnitudes.
    Last edited: May 7, 2016
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  6. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Points for you, very informative post.

    This smoke cleaning thing is good to know.

    I am quite certain that I now understand a

    little more about smoke management too.

    Thanks for your work on this.

  7. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Thank you, I'm glad it helped Ed! Please PM me if you have any questions or want some help. Tom gave me a huge amount of info I'm more than happy to share.
  8. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking cheese [​IMG]

    Don't forget to clean out the pipe from time to time as the tars that condense out will be building up in there with each smoke.
  9. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Will do Wade, thank you. Last thing I need is a horizontal chimney fire.

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