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Lakewoods Cold Smoker Build
  • ThymThym
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    I was inspired by Z's smoker design. Thought i should have my hand at making something based on it.

    i wanted something that i could use repeatedly. So the firebox is a used disposable propane cylinder.
    I drilled a hole at the bottom for the iron to fit snugly into, then one at the top so i could blow any residual propane out before getting too aggressive. Then cut a hole in the top with a cutoff blade on a grinder.

    i removed the screw holding the tip in place, inserted the iron and replaced the screw. i used a small hose clamp to secure the iron in place and to keep it from sliding out.
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  • ThymThym
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    i put some wood chips in to start a test run.
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  • ThymThym
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    next i cleaned off the paint aand labels from the outside (would have been easier to do before cutting and inserting the iron.) i had the iron running while i did it, so you can see some smoke coming out.
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  • ThymThym
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    continuing the test run.
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  • ThymThym
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    i needed a chamber of some sort, and a 4 gallon brew pot was within reach.
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  • ThymThym
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    a little chicken wire to make a shelf.
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  • ThymThym
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    loaded it up with some cheeses i bought today.
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  • ThymThym
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    lid on. time to smoke some cheese...
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  • ThymThym
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    a little action shot.
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  • ThymThym
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    At only 30W this smoker takes a little while to get going, but there is very little temperature rise and almost no risk of actual flame
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • BenSBenS
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    Cool idea lake. How do you know when the cheese blocks are 'done'?
    There's no starting point. It's just a massive sea of shit to wade through until you find the occasional corn kernel. -DrCurly
  • ThymThym
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    BenS said:

    Cool idea lake. How do you know when the cheese blocks are 'done'?



    im totally new to this, but i was just judging it by color. i did some blocks last night that i left in for 3+ hr's. sliced them up and served them today, it was delicious, but very smoky. i did couple of pieces this morning, along with some almonds. i had them on for about 2hr. That was right on the money I think. Of course the bigger the blocks, the longer you can let them ride.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FerminatorFerminator
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    Sweet. I need to build one of these.