Offset cold smoking using the vent from a MES

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by insight, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. insight

    insight Meat Mopper

    Noob question...and I may be out of my mind or a mad scientist...

    Has anybody ever somehow jerryrigged the exhaust port/vent of an electric smoker to cold smoke cheese, fish, bacon and the such with an offset secondary smoker? It seems like a waste for this smoke to go out the chimney when one can probably use it in an offset manor to cold smoke in another box.
    Just askin'......
  2. bustintires

    bustintires Smoke Blower

    yes in deed. i took a tin can. poked some holes in it and stuck my soldering iron thru one of the holes. used a couple more cans cut at 45degree angles to fasion a pipe to the feed hole worked good did not heat up the box but a couple degrees. 50 outside 62 in the box. made some good cheese.
  3. insight

    insight Meat Mopper

    AHA! So there IS a mad scientist at work doing this kind of stuff. Seems like a cool kind of a mod, eh?

  4. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    From you description, I read that you want to use the existing MES which may or may not be already smoking meat, but is generating smoke and take the exhaust smoke and pipe it to another box that you want to cold smoke something.?

    You have to be careful and use really over sized pipe so that the air flow is not hindered, if the air flow is hindered you will have issues with the wood chips not burning enough to keep smoldering. The same applies to drafting, as in when a lot of wind is whipping around the MES it will suck the hot air out of the exhaust at a faster rate than normal and play havoc with the cooking temperatures inside the MES. Some MES owners have added a short extension above the exhaust as a solution.

    bustintires solution is to convert the MES into the cold smoker, using the soldering iron. Another solution is buy a Smoke Daddy which generates the smoke external of the MES and the smoke is blown into the MES, and hardly any heat.
  5. insight

    insight Meat Mopper

    Very interesting points there, Delta. Thanks!

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