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Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish) 
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Post Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
This is very simple and awesome. I plan to make one and give it a go



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Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:16 pm
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
I saw one of these designs made up on Trademe for sale 2 weeks ago and it got me thinking about cold smoking.
I did some research and found that the style of smoker you are looking at building tends to suffer from fouling up and poor smoke control (normally too much). Some people did swear by them

I ended up getting one of these http://www.macsbbq.co.uk/CSG.html which I have found to be really good, easy to use, no problem to clean, no moving parts and no power requirement.
I cold smoked some bacon and cheese recently which turned out really well.

After I already had the ProQ I ended up on an american meat smoking forum (Those guys get pretty serious!) and they mostly using a product called The A-MAZE-ING Smoker. It is pretty similar to the ProQ but better build quality and able to be used for hot smoking too.

Whatever method you use cold smoking does get amazing results and I definitely like the DIY approach.

Let us know how you go!


Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:39 pm
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
How did you get the A-MAZE-N Smoker to NZ?


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Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:52 pm
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
I didn't, didn't find out about it until I already had the ProQ.
That being said the ProQ is a really good product, the only comparisons I found were from americans who probably cared more that the A-MAZE-N was made in America.


Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:59 pm
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Do you just use the normal smoking saw dust you buy from everywhere?


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Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:00 pm
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
I bought one of these about 12 months ago off trademe:


Need to get a portable butane torch to make lighting it easier - at the moment I can go through nearly a box of matches trying to get it lit.

Only just got around to getting a smoke box built for it - did a couple of runs just in large cardboard boxes to start with. Certainly takes fish smoking to a whole new level. Beautiful!!

Haven't had time to get onto other things yet but have some pork belly in the freezer for some bacon and plan on making some salamis/sausages as well


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Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:15 pm
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
sk8e8 wrote:
Do you just use the normal smoking saw dust you buy from everywhere?


Nah that stuff is too coarse, I had to do a bit of searching to find a solution as there isn't a good source of fine sawdust in NZ.
This is what I found http://forum.sausagemaking.org/viewtopic.php?t=7516

In short smoke pellets (such as these http://www.mitre10mega.co.nz/shop/outdoor_furniture_bbqs/barbeques_accessories/bbq_smoking_pellets_450g_hickory_105964/) are made up of compressed fine saw dust that can either be broken down by soaking in water then drying out as per that first link or I just chuck them in the blender for a few minutes. Blender doesn't really like it much but its a magic bullet a past flatmate left behind.

There are more economical sources then mitre 10, it was just an easy link.


Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:29 pm
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
Well I made the first version of my smoke generator.....It worked but I saw some parts that could be improved. So a quick pull apart and a wee bit of a modification it worked well..... But I didnt want to stop there. So a workmate and I started again from scratch with bigger and better material. And it produced a bloody heap of smoke :lol: :lol:. It still need the odd thing to make it good ....but so far Im very happy.
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These photos are the first version... It was raining to hard to get a pic of the second version working...Hopefully tomorrow I will get a pic of the new one


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Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:04 pm
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This is a bit of a rough DIY but it shows the inside of the venturi set up
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Post Re: Cold Smoke Generator (smoking fish)
Looking good you just need some fish now, you got a plan??


Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:41 pm
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