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Coldsmoking
by Coldsmoking
I've been smoking fish and meat for ages and i have to admit I used to use cardboard boxes and any old container I could lay my hands on. The trouble with all that is your garden begins to resemble a shanti town. I made a lovely cold smoker which works really well, is versatile, robust and (even if i say so myself) looks ok. http://www.coldsmoking.co.uk I hope you enjoy the site and if you would like some friendly advice I'd be happy to assist. I have a set of plans with notes for the actual smoker I built so if you like it feel free to download them.
Regards T
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Coldsmoking
#1
by Coldsmoking
I've been smoking fish and meat for ages and i have to admit I used to use cardboard boxes and any old container I could lay my hands on. The trouble with all that is your garden begins to resemble a shanti town. I made a lovely cold smoker which works really well, is versatile, robust and (even if i say so myself) looks ok. www.coldsmoking.co.uk I hope you enjoy the site and if you would like some friendly advice I'd be happy to assist. I have a set of plans with notes for the actual smoket I built so if you like it feel free to download them.
Regards T
Ian McKend
#2
by Ian McKend
What temps does it get up to in the smoker and how do you monitor it?
Coldsmoking
#3
by Coldsmoking
The temperature never really gets above 28c (and thats when I use the smoker on a summer evening) and much less in winter. The majority of heat is lost in the horizontal part of the pipe as it travels from the smoke generator to the bottom of the smoker. This is the most important part of coldsmoking. There has to be a little heat left in the smoke otherwise it won't rise through the smoker. It is possible to test the temperature of the smoker with a thermometer but I don't really need to do this now. If you need to test the temperature of the smoker place the thermostat in the upper part of the smoke box.
Ian McKend
#4
by Ian McKend
I would have thought monitoring the temps would be of utmost importance, maybe not for cheese, but certainly when one is smoking fish.
Coldsmoking
#5
by Coldsmoking
Theres an old saying about never asking a question you don't already know the answer to. Of course temperature is important Ian as I guess you already know. After all it's what defines hot or cold smoking!!
Ian McKend
#6
by Ian McKend
Just thought I'd mention it, as most people on here are looking for info on how to do stuff.
Looked at your website... looking good! (BTW couldn't find any mention of temps for cold smoking on there either).

For anyone wanting to try cold smoking, please read up on the subject 1st and only try
this method once you're sure you understand the process. Cold smoking is fairly easy to do, but if done incorrectly can be dangerous. Do not cold smoke at temps above 32 DegC.
Coldsmoking
#7
by Coldsmoking
http://www.coldsmoking.co.uk/coldsmoking.htm
Bottom of the first paragraph.
Also, It's worth remembering the salting is the most important part of the process as this is what prevents the development of dangerous bacteria. Smoking has a mild antiseptic quality but really only adds flavour. We can agree to disagree about the temp but I think you'd have extreme difficulty in maintaining 32 deg C in summer.
Kind regards
Turan
Ian McKend
#8
by Ian McKend
Sorry my mistake!

I do feel that smoking above 32 deg C is dangerous... the many sources I have read all state this. Cold smoking is done at temps between 10 - 32 degC and idealy at 24-26 degC. Unless the ambient temp rises above 32, which you have to admit seldom happens in the UK, I can maintain safe temps all day long.

Sorry for sounding like an ass, but I am paranoid about people getting poisoned.
Granny Magda
#9
by Granny Magda
Hi Ian,

Sorry for sounding like an ass, but I am paranoid about people getting poisoned.


Paranoia is for irrational fears.

It's sound advice to be as careful as you can. No-one ever died from an over-cautiously-smoked kipper.
I've had enough of gardening - I'm just about ready to throw in the trowel.
Coldsmoking
#10
by Coldsmoking
I received a wonderful email from a fellow coldsmoker in Scotland who downloaded my plans and built himself a coldsmoker to my specification. I have to say theres something quite satisfying about seeing your plans turned into reality. Initially I thought this feeling was only realised when I finished my coldsmoker and stood back to wonder at my creation. A sense of pride in acomplishment. creating something from parts has always held a fascinatiion for me (and a lot of other blokes I'm led to believe).
Well imagine my astonishment when out of the blue one of my customers (who purchased my plans from the tinternet) emailed me with a few well chosen sentenses and a couple of pictures to show how well his coldsmoker works. I thought my original feelings of achievement could'nt be surpassed. How wrong I was. So good were his efforts I am going to post the pics on my web page.

Incidentally, I have a couple of coldsmoking courses running this autumn with spaces left o nthem. If you're interested please do let me know as spaces are limited.
Kind regards
Turan
www.coldsmoking.co.uk
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