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#1 mm84321

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

I am trying to smoke thin slices of cooked potato using sawdust of beechwood. What would be the best way of doing this, and how should the sawdust be heated?

#2 Twyst

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:28 PM

http://cuisinetechno...smoking-gun.php

New toy time!

#3 mm84321

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

I am familiar with it, but it didn't occur to me. So, it just runs on sawdust?

#4 Twyst

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:37 PM

Yes, it pretty much runs on sawdust and would be perfect for the application you are wanting it for. You can also use it to make things like rosemary smoke etc.

#5 DiggingDogFarm

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

I came up with this idea a couple years ago.

Less than $20 invested.


The following is how I cold smoke inside......
A stainless steel colander flipped over the target helps concentrate the smoke if needed.
My vent hood doesn't vent to the outside, I open the window and use a box fan.

From my old blog.......

"Small Batch Indoor Cold smoking."

"I spent several weeks looking for a reliable and inexpensive way to do indoor cold smoking.
I settled on rolled cigarettes (LOL) heated with a soldering iron because it’s possible to smoke with pure tea leaves, herbs, sawdust, etc. without the fuel burning up too rapidly.
I invested about $20 in the cigarette roller, papers, soldering iron, spring and clamp."
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"Below is some rosemary being rolled."
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"Applewood smoked butter, rosemary smoked foccacia, tea smoked hard-boiled eggs….the possibilities are endless."
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"The cigarette must be able to slide freely inside the spring. The soldering iron raises the temperature inside the cold oven only about 10 degrees above room temperature. Each cigarette smokes for about 30-40 minutes. A vent hood is recommended. My vent hood doesn’t vent to the outside, but that wasn’t a problem with a window open and the ceiling fan running. : )

It's habit forming!!!!!"

For bigger jobs, the A-Maze-N smoke generators can't be beat!!!!!!
http://www.amazenproducts.com/

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#6 mm84321

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:50 PM

Perhaps there is an alternative to buying a smoking gun? I am going to do this tomorrow.

#7 Twyst

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

You could put some sawdust in the bottom of a 600 hotel pan if you have one (I know you have a well stocked kitchen), put the potatoes in a perforated 200 hotel pan, then cover the thing with foil. Put it on the stove and you have a homemade stovetop smoker.

This will ruin the inside of your 600 pan and you will have to use it only for smoking after. You may have to jumpstart the smoking with a torch before putting the pan over heat.


EDIT : You will also need to moisten the sawdust I think to do this method. I wouldnt try to do a full soak on them or anything if its really fine dust, just put some in a bowl with a little bit of water and stir that around to moisten it up a bit.

Edited by Twyst, 20 December 2012 - 04:36 PM.


#8 mm84321

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:50 PM

You could put some sawdust in the bottom of a 600 hotel pan if you have one (I know you have a well stocked kitchen), put the potatoes in a perforated 200 hotel pan, then cover the thing with foil. Put it on the stove and you have a homemade stovetop smoker.

This will ruin the inside of your 600 pan and you will have to use it only for smoking after. You may have to jumpstart the smoking with a torch before putting the pan over heat.


EDIT : You will also need to moisten the sawdust I think to do this method. I wouldnt try to do a full soak on them or anything if its really fine dust, just put some in a bowl with a little bit of water and stir that around to moisten it up a bit.


Thanks. This is what I will probably do. I'll post back with my results.

#9 nickrey

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:09 PM

Pop sawdust in a wok on some foil. Heat the wok until sawdust is smoking. Place the potatoes on a bamboo steamer with lid. Place on wok. Smoke. This way you will only be able to use that steamer for smoking but it's cheaper than losing a hotel pan.

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