Just Finished My First Cold Smoker

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by grillandchill, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. grillandchill

    grillandchill Newbie

    Hello all.   Been lurking for a while and have gotten some great info from all the posts on these forums.   I'm on vacation this week and just finished my first cold smoker build.   I made it out of an old wooden barrel I found and used the coffee can and soldering iron method.   I plugged the soldering iron in for 20 minutes then unplugged it.  At the time it was 34 degrees outside and the smoker got to 71 degrees inside at the time I unplugged it.  After an hour it was still smoking and it was 26 degrees outside and the temp inside was 78 degrees.   I may try to plug the iron in for less time to see if i can keep the temperature down tomorrow.  I will probably use this mainly for smoking peppers. nuts and cheese if I

    cant keep the temperature lower but would love to be able to throw a slab of bacon or two on there.  Here are some pics.
  2. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Last edited: Jan 12, 2016
  3. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Mowins got the right idea...For cold smoking a mailbox mod with an Amazen Tube Smoker might be your best bet.

    Look up Mailbox Mods and you will get a multitude of great ideas and techniques.

    I use mine all the time for cold smokes and have great success.

    Good Luck and Keep on Smoking!

  4. smokinal

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

    I agree with the others about the pellet smoker, but I have to say it sure looks pretty!

  5. grillandchill

    grillandchill Newbie

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.  I am gonna see if I can make a mod to pipe the smoke in.  I just changed my neighbors broken mailbox from Christmas so I happen to have not thrown the old one out so I will see if I an make something work.  I did some almonds for my first test with some homemade chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, hot sauce with just a little oil to hold the spices on.  Put it in the smoker for two hours and came out pretty good but the temp was still a little high.   Once I get a MOD to work I will take a picture and repost.  Thanks.

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