ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Make A Cold Smoker, Build A Smokehouse

Updated on January 10, 2014

Delicious Mouth Watering Cold Smoked Salmon

Source

Smoke generator

How to make a cold smoker

As a necessary introduction, I would first like to explain a little about what cold smoking is before I go into the details on how to make a cold smoker. Cold smoking has nothing to do with smoking outdoors in the winter (just thought I'd clarify that!).

What cold smoking is, is a technique that has been used by many people in many different parts of the world to create a smoked product from something that does not necessarily need to be cooked during the smoking process. Like smoked salmon and smoked cheese, both of which would fall apart (melt) if you were to smoke them in a hot smoker.

Cold smoked products are not limited to just salmon and cheese, though. There are of course many other cold smoked products available at a consumer level and can be found at your local supermarket and or delicatessen. There is bacon, hams, cheeses, peppers, salmon, cod, and many different varieties of jerky (beef, deer, kangaroo, emu, etc), just to name a few.

Now you (the reader) may be thinking 'Why do these products need to be cold smoked as opposed to hot smoked?' and the answer is, most (not all) of these products have already been submitted to some kind of preservation before smoking or will be submitted to some kind of preservation after smoking. Or it could be a case of not being able to withstand the heat, like salmon and cheeses.

Smoking is a method of preserving foods, but can also be used simply just to enhance the flavor of certain foods. I absolutely love the irresistible smoky flavor and aroma of smoked foods, and often make my own cold smoked beef jerky, smoked cheeses, and smoked eggs.

A question that came to my mind when I first discovered cold smoked foods, was 'How is it possible to make cold smoke, when we all know that smoke is a by product of fire, and fire produces heat?' Heat that we don't want! So that is what I would like to teach you how to do next.

It's very easy to do, and it will only cost a few dollars to purchase the necessary items. Some of the items you may already have, and others you will have to buy..

You will need;

A large cardboard box, (rectangular is better), or you may like to buy some wood and make a wooden smoke box. If you choose to buy wood, make sure it is untreated. With your cardboard box you will need to cut the flaps off at one end so you can just pick it up and place it over your smoke source and whatever you are smoking. You will also need ventilation holes toward the top end of the box so that the smoke can be forced up and out of the box. Creating a consistent flow of new clean smoke all the time.

You will need some wire racks to place your produce on. Stainless steel mesh is perfect. I use a round cake cooling rack 30cm in diameter for my smoker. The reason for this is I also use a round terracotta pot (the shallow type) and the round cake rack fits perfectly inside the pot.

A smoke source. I use a soldering iron for this (make sure it is brand new, never before used) and I have a stainless steel food can that I half fill with my smoke chips (cherry) and I then insert the soldering iron into the can. Then it is just a matter of plugging in the soldering iron and whammo! instant cold smoke!

For safety reasons, it is best to do your smoking in a well ventilated area (outside). Place your terracotta pot on a couple of bricks and make sure your soldering iron doesn't come into contact with the cardboard box. You will need to smoke cheese and salmon for about half an hour or more. Beef jerky needs to smoke for about 4 hours and requires the smoking temperature to be at least 70 degrees celsius (150 F).

For more information on smoking (hot and cold) there are loads of great websites that have all the information you will need.

In the meantime, Happy Smoking!

Cardboard Box Cold Smoker

Source

Can't Build Your Own?

There are many reasons why you may not be able to build your very own smokebox in your garden. One of those reasons is that some cities will not allow you to.

In the case that you live in a built up area, ie (big cities) you may not be able to build a smoker. There are ways around this. The simplest solution is to just buy a small table top smoking unit for your kitchen or outdoor patio.

Check out these great smokers below.

Smoke Daddy Cold Smoker

Bradley, For All Of Your Smoking Needs

Did You Find This Information Useful?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)