idea for smoking my bacon

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by ldrus, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    since i live in northwest indiana  it is pretty cold out  so my thinking for cold smoking my bacon in my MES and keeping temps above freezing  i will  put a 75 watt light bulb in there  that should keep it just warm enough  maybe 50 deg will  experiment with this tomorrow

    any one try this before???
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    haven't tried the bulb trick in a smoker but I do keep one in my welding rod humidor and it keeps it pretty hot,,, will be interesting to see how it does in a smoker... If to hot go with a smaller bulb and vice versa..
  3. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    75watt light been in smoker for 3hrs now  temp on the MES says 69deg  was 41 when i started it . letting it run all night will see where its at in the am
  4. Nice idea...waiting to find out the final results. I live at 8500 ft in Colorado and I just turn the MES on at 100* for a few minutes then shut it down, but I've never cold smoked later than 7 PM. 
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That sounds like a great idea! 
  6. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    got home from work last night  checked temps  outside temp was 40ish my smoker temp was 86 deg.  cant wait for friday !!!!!!!!
  7. Hey lkrus, not sure if you plan on using a pellet or dust smoker for your cold smoke but just keep in mind it will add heat as well as the light bulb.  Not sure if you had your dust/pellet smoker going when you did your test....just something to consider....

  8. strummer

    strummer Fire Starter

    I use a 75 watt light bulb for my dry sausage . It's in a old up right freezer . I also have 2 fans to keep the air moving . I'm in south Texas so cold is never a problem .
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     yes i agree
  10. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    yes going to use my AMNPS and no i didnt have it going during my test but had thought about the added heat  thinking about dropping down to  40 watt bulb???? thanks for the heads up though
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you use it with dust you won't have much of a temp change at all - the pellets might get ya 10* or so with those external temps would be my guess. 
  12. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member


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