Cold Smoking Mod

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by hitechredneck, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. So I have the Master Forge propane smoker from Lowes.  I've been smoking cheese in it, but recently the temp got too high and I had a mess to clean up.

    I decided better late than never to MOD my smoker.  Haven't figured out if I'm gonna leave the MOD hooked up all the time and just use the 'side box' for the smoke even for hot smokes or not, but I may see what advice comes from this post or just give it the old college try.  Either way, I used this and did a batch of Colby Jack and it came out perfect.

    So first, I cut a 4.25" hole in the back of my smoker and screwed a 4" flange with the adapter sandwiched in between the smoker and the flange.  No leaks! :)

    Next, I screwed another flange and adapter onto a cheapo mailbox I bought at Wal-Mart for about 10 bucks.

    I couldn't find an unpainted one, so I'm using the gray one but did some initial burns in it to break it in.

    The flange was way big for the mailbox and since I didn't have any tin snips, I just screwed it on and beat the crap out of the corners so they'd fold over.  I put another screw in it at the top and then sealed the whole thing with aluminum tape.  Covered the top of that with some duct tape to make sure my kiddos didn't accidentally get cut on any exposed edges.

    Then I put on the duct.  I know it doesn't look the best, but the darn thing works like a charm and that's all I care about!  :)

    After the test burn, I found that I need to get the AMNTS out of the corner...  I've now got a couple screws in there to hold the tube up a bit as well as support it so it won't roll.

    The mailbox was the PERFECT length.  You think Todd may have that in mind when he designed the tube smoker?  

    All I gotta do is actually mount the mailbox to the feet of the smoker so I can get rid of the brick.

    This MOD is a months old, and I've not had a chance to use it for Hot smokes, but if anyone has any experience with using a setup like this for meat, let me know how you did it, what worked, what didn't, etc...

    Thanks for looking!

  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Rob, I did a similar mod to my GOSM so I could use an AMNPS for hot smoking (before the Tube came out) and it works Great! I use it all the time!

    For cold smoking I just put the AMNPS inside the chamber, with cheese I use Q-Matz and have never had a problem, I even forced a melt once just to see how well they would work.
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Rob I drilled a hole in the door of mine, slightly larger than the diameter of the tube. I insert the tube through the hole up to the metal ring at the open end. So that part is outside the mail box. Pulls a perfect draft, and you can get it burning right there with the torch, assuming you have a full load of pellets.
  4. I know it'll pull a draft most of the time, but don't you still lose quite a bit of smoke out of that front hole?
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nope, it all goes into the smoker. I,ll take some pictures the next time I fire it up.
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nope, it all goes into the smoker. I,ll take some pictures the next time I fire it up.

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