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    Default Home made smoker

    With Pinks coming in this Fall I'm thinking it might be a good chance to try smoking. I saw Alton Brown on the Food Channel several months ago make a home made smoker out of a very large terra cotta flower pot. Sounds crazy, but after watching the show, I wanted to try it. I haven't yet, but found these two resources:

    10 min. video of the basics:
    http://youtu.be/_Ka2kpzTAL8

    Somebody's blog on the topic:
    http://www.naffziger.net/blog/2008/0...er-pot-smoker/

    If anybody tries it, let me know. I might in a couple of months.

    Thoughts?

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    I watched that particular episode. Think I'll just stick with my Big Chief.

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    Maybe try making one out of cedar if you have the need to build one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F33shFr33k View Post
    Maybe try making one out of cedar if you have the need go build one.
    a smoker built out of wood usally ends up being smoke.........
    Fishing is my religion/Chehalis Canyon is my church...quit leaving @%& beer cans under the pews...

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    Spoonman, are you speaking out of experience?

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    Years ago I made one out of an old refrigerator and a single burner hot plate for burning the wood chips. It was a really old refrigerator with the insides made of sheet metal, might be hard to find one now as they are all plastic inside. Anyway it worked great for many years.

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    Hot smoking has it's place. I'd like to build a cold smoker to make Scottish style smoked salmon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F33shFr33k View Post
    Spoonman, are you speaking out of experience?
    I have heard many many stories of wood smokers getting out of control

    Quote Originally Posted by one-more-cast View Post
    Years ago I made one out of an old refrigerator and a single burner hot plate for burning the wood chips. It was a really old refrigerator with the insides made of sheet metal, might be hard to find one now as they are all plastic inside. Anyway it worked great for many years.
    Commercial grade stainless fridges work wonders! I have one of those but it doesn't see much use as it will do over 100 lbs at a time. If I have a fish or two it goes in the big chief.
    One thing to watch with the hot plate is that more often than not you'll have to go to a used store to find a hot plate that will reach the temperature(the old ones) to smoke the chips.. If you go to a walmart or crappytire the units they sell nowadays don't get hot enough.


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    Hahaha I guess they could get out of hand if not constantly tended too. A friend of mine built his wood smoker over an old concrete double sink he used as the fire box and base unit. He used to put an awsome cold smoke on island caught bright chums and hand it out at christmas time. Really nice product. My other friend was head smoker for Imperial Salmon Smokehouse. He would do his home smoke out in his garage in a closet type wood smoker. His product was always very good!
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    My old little chief smoker finally fell apart, so In my quest for a new one, I came acrross a pretty good one at Home depot in Bellingham for $70.00. I htink it is far superior to the little or big chief. Worth checking it out if you end up not building one.

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