Thoughts on a Cold Smoker

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by navyjeremy, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. OK ya'll here are my thoughts....Please let me know what ya'll think....

    Find and old dresser something like this:

    Pull the drawers out, add racks and figure out a door for it

    Drill a hole in the top for the chimney 

    Drill some holes in the left side for the airflow for the A-maze-n pellet

    I would also want to figure out a way to hang sausage and belly for bacon.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

  2. First thought is you would have to make sure EVERY bit of varnish is removed, and varnish is made to soak into the wood.  Second: most of those are made from pine.  Heat in that small of an area and using pine ( unlined I assume ) isn't the best choice.  Third: when you start adding heat to furniture of that sort the glue may break down easily.  Who knows what glue they used ( is it safe for human consumption??  Are the fumes toxic?? ) and will the whole thing fall apart from the heat?  I know you are talking cold smoker but at what temp does that varnish and glue break down?  Just my opinion.  Keep Smokin!

    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014
  3. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    I don't see any problems as long as it is only used for cold smoking! Hell you can cold smoke in a cardboard box with the A-maze-n pellet.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It would need to be solid wood, or plywood, not particle board or composite. Depending on the wood (aromatic cedar wouldn't be a good choice) you would be fine using it as a cold smoker. As for making a door take the fronts off the drawers. Run a few vertical boards and screw them together. There's your door. Doesn't need to be airtight. I like a leaky smoker for cold smoking ensures the smoke is moving and not becoming stagnant.

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