Jump to content

My cold smoke generator won't stay alight


Jo the maker
 Share

Recommended Posts

I have just entered the world of cold smoking!  Started small with a home made cardboard box, old cooling rack on two dowels nearer the top.  Bought a cold smoke generator, the round snail design type.  Using fine oak chips.  I tried using tealight to get smoke going, but found it went better using my small cooks blowtorch.  All is fine for a while, then the smoke dwindles and stops completely. 

I wondered if air flow was the problem, so have waited for a windy day, which today was.  Delighted to have steady stream  of smoke for a whole hour, then it went out yet again.  Relit after a while, another hour of smoke the stopped.  At that point it rained, so experiment over for today.

I have raised the generator on an upturned roasting tin, so it is fairly level with airflow holes.  3 x 2 cm squarish holes on one side, 1 hole on opposite side and 2 similar on the back.

In the top I have a toilet roll chimney! 

Any help will be appreciated.

Many thanks

Jo

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Jo,

I used to have the same problem but following advice from here, I now dry my dust in the microwave for a couple of minutes, spread out on a plate.  I had never managed to keep a smoke going but now I have not had one go out, did a bacon last weekend with two fills of the maze, about 20 hours, and no issues.

Martin

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The moisture content of the sawdust is important and it has a greater effect in cooler weather. As Martin says, a good way to reduce the moisture content is to microwave it for a couple of minutes. Also, when filling the maze, press the dust down with your finger to compact it before lighting.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Martin and Wade.

Thank you both of you for your advice.  Microwave is brilliant idea!  Someone also said perhaps my oak chippings were not fine enough, so have blended them in my Kenwood!

Interesting that you speak of sawdust, rather than chippings.  So maybe dry sawdust is the way to go :) 

Warm regards

Jo

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, you need to use dust in these small maze cold smokers. You need to form a block of smoldering dust that burns slowly around the spiral. 

Good move to use the grinder. I mostly use pellets in my smokers and if I need some dust I just put a few of these into a spice grinder. 👍

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 1/30/2021 at 8:36 AM, Ripple said:

Hi Jo,

I used to have the same problem but following advice from here, I now dry my dust in the microwave for a couple of minutes, spread out on a plate.  I had never managed to keep a smoke going but now I have not had one go out, did a bacon last weekend with two fills of the maze, about 20 hours, and no issues.

Martin

+1 from Me. I suffered the same on occasion when cold smoking cheese. Iceman shared the microwave trick, no problems since.

Cheers n Gone Nick

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...