DIY Wooden Cold Smoker

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by socalsmokinal, Jun 2, 2013.

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    Last year I built a cold smoker from scratch even though I have no construction talents. I couln't find any plans on the net at all so I drew up what I thought would work and adjusted things as I progressed. The only power tools I own are a miter saw and a drill. I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out.

    I use the A-MAZ-N tube smoker on a patio stone for smoke. So far I've cold smoked turkey legs, fish, chicken, ribs, bacon, eggs, salt, pepper, and cheese. I have bought a hot plate for it but  haven't tried it out yet beause I want a fancy thermometer and the wife hasn't released funds yet.

    Last week I did a rack of ribs by cold smoking the ribs for 3 hours before doing the rub. They were fantastic even though my BBQ is just a "cheapo". I adopted a secret process that a friend of mine who has a big green egg uses. (I'll share if anyone is interested.)
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  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The Smoker is Beautiful! My concern is your definition of Cold Smoking...Especially when you are talking some pretty Risky Proteins unless they are Cured. It is a Bad Idea to throw Raw Uncured Turkey Legs and Chicken in a Smoker at any temp between 40 and 140*F for more than 1-2 Hours. The Bacterial growth will be rapid, with increases to dangerous levels above 90*F and even though you may cook it further there are a few Bugs that create Toxins that are Heat Stable and can hurt you bad even though the actual Bacteria was killed with the cooking...JJ
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      A great looking smoker!  As Chef JJ says, I hope you are curing the meats before cold smoking. More details please.

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  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice smoker.....  [​IMG]  ...

  6. Nice looking smoker. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

    Dimensions, etc.

    Like those racks too. What are they?

    As mentioned be very careful when you are cold smoking uncured meats. They will kill you.

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