My 25$ smoke generator

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by grilldad, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. grilldad

    grilldad Fire Starter

    I saw how to build one of these on youtube and had to make one for myself. I got the aquarium air pump at petco  for 21$ and picked up some copper fittings at Lowes. I already had some copper pipe and the cocktail shaker. I drilled a hole on the top and bottom of the shaker. Top hole was sized to fit the copper pipe through and the bottom hole is to light your chips and allow just enough air to get a good smoke. the venturi part at the top was simple, just a hole drilled in a pipe cap and small brass tube soldered inside so it clears the "T" and is centered inside the outer pipe. I left the back removable so I can play with the inner tube length to see what works best. With this pump I can control the output volume to get the right amount of smoke. I'm going to smoke some pepper jack and cheddar cheese tonight!

    Ran both outlets into one for more output

    Venturi nozzle

    lighting hole

    On low

    On high

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  2. grilldad

    grilldad Fire Starter

    Doing a tester batch, Lets see if it works! I went all out on the cold smoker....The box is staying around 68 degrees.

  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice! That is worthy of Scrap Iron Chef!  [​IMG]
  4. grilldad

    grilldad Fire Starter

    well The smoke generator pumped out smoke for over 4 hours but I took my cheese out after only 2. The cheese had a nice color to it and after it sets for a bit in the chill box I'll try it. Should be tasty though I used apple chips... If its good stuff I will make lots more for the holidays.
  5. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks very effective. What do you have inside the cocktail shaker? Do the pellets rest on a mesh or go straight to the bottom?
  6. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I must say that is very cool!!!! I have a couple smoke guns and they throw way too much smoke and have too small of a bowl for the chips to last very long.

    I too am curious about the set up inside the shaker. Is there a way you can show it more detailed. Does the wood chips sit on anything? Do you think you could use pellets?

    In your lighting hole picture it looks like there is another hole on the side of the shaker. Is that for more air flow?


    This is just way to cool not to make one!!!!
  7. grilldad

    grilldad Fire Starter

    There is nothing inside the shaker. Just toss the chips in and light it up. I haven't tried pellets but I think it would work even better. The holes on the sides are for more air if you sit it on the ground the bottom hole will be covered up.
  8. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Love it! Try Wood chips with some lump charcoal.. It's my favorite recipe.
  9. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Ok, here is more than likely a dumb question but what is the Venturi nozzle? Is this something you can buy at Lowes along with the rest of the copper pipe?
  10. grilldad

    grilldad Fire Starter

    The venturi nozzle is no more than a pipe fittings that you can get in the pluming section of any home improvement store. Just a pipe inside a pipe, moving air through the inner pipe will create a suction.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013
  11. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, that's what I was hoping. It would be a fun project to make one of these.
  12. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Some have a pin size opening
  13. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I made one last night for work. It cost a bit more due to not having some of the parts already, but still not too hard on the pocket....

    Thank you for sharing this!!!
  14. Looks like it will do a fine job. I may have to build one. i have a bunch of scrap laying around.....Infact maybe everything.

    Happy smoken.

  15. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hmmmmmm, looks very interesting. So simple I might be able to do this....gotta love the YouTube
  16. have to hand it to ya there bud. thats creativity at its finest. especially love the Fisher-Price sponsored smoke chamber! lol. awesome!
  17. dj mishima

    dj mishima Meat Mopper

    Very nice!
  18. grilldad

    grilldad Fire Starter

    Thanks. ..I wish I would have used the box from my daughters new Barbie jeep to make a big cheese smoke house but she wanted a play house instead. This little smoke generator will put out some smoke! I ran it on low and still Had to kink the airline a bit for this little box. But after the cheese was in for two hours I removed them and opened up the generator to see how long it would run wide open and it went for about 4.5 hours!
  19. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    great job

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