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August 19th, 2014, 7:04 am
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August 19th, 2014, 9:07 am
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* Durnago ** Durnago *
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How do you keep the pit cool during the summer? I know most people usually wait until the winter because of temp.

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August 19th, 2014, 10:02 pm
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Smoke tube topped with pan of ice and only fan running in smoker.

August 20th, 2014, 12:25 am
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Thanks. I was planning to leave the fan running in the pit, but these 90+ degree days seem like the cheese may not survive. I just need to give it a go.

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August 22nd, 2014, 8:31 pm
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Smoking cheese is one of my favorite things to do. The ice trick works great along with smoking late at night or early morning.

September 16th, 2014, 3:48 pm
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Temps are dropping enough here in Boston area that I can start smoking cheese again easily without worrying about it... psyched!

Just curious: How long do you normally cold smoke your cheese?

September 16th, 2014, 4:08 pm
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I just did a batch a few nights ago when it got into the 40's. Filled an 18" A Maze N tube and let her go all night with the fans running. I will find out the results in a few weeks because the cheese is sealed and mellowing.

I smoked some butter too. We will see how that turns out.

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September 16th, 2014, 6:19 pm
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I have the same setup and am looking forward to doing the same thing, except butter, though that's very intriguing! Will be excited to hear how it turns out! I make a grilled oyster w/ herb butter and romano cheese and chipotle hot sauce that would just SCREAM for some smoked butter...

September 16th, 2014, 6:47 pm
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How about smoked ice cubes? Think about that in a Bloody Mary.

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September 16th, 2014, 7:14 pm
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Yoder_Herb wrote:How about smoked ice cubes? Think about that in a Bloody Mary.


That would go nicely with the Habanero Death Dust Bloody Mary I make.

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September 16th, 2014, 7:18 pm
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Yeah buddy!

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September 17th, 2014, 7:50 am
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We smoke for 4 HRS ,tight wrap for 7 days .And it Disappears in 1 day . LOL

September 17th, 2014, 12:20 pm
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Yoder_Herb wrote:How about smoked ice cubes? Think about that in a Bloody Mary.


Do you just smoke water then freeze that?

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September 17th, 2014, 12:28 pm
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I have done it by putting ice cubes on a grilling tray on the top shelf with a catch pan underneath, and with just a large pan of water. Couldn't really tell a difference. You could probably get the same effect by putting a drop of liquid smoke in each cube in a tray. I won't be doing it again. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

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September 25th, 2014, 11:14 am
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how do you run just the fans? turn the switch on without pressing start and just leave it for hours? Thats ok?

September 25th, 2014, 11:22 am
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When you turn the unit's toggle switch to "on" the fan will start. It won't start heating up and burning pellets until you hit "start." If you haven't seen it already, you might consider reading Herb's suggestion on another post where he describes a great process for cold smoking without the fan running. Here's a link to the post: http://community.yodersmokers.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=215

September 25th, 2014, 6:19 pm
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Its going to be a month or more before I can smoke some cheese here in Mesa,AZ.
Even with ice in the cooker.

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September 25th, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Don`t think it`s a problem running just fans ,we like the cleaner smoke u get with fans .

August 7th, 2015, 4:14 pm
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Purplevoodoo may i ask where you purchased these sheets your using for the cheese?

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August 8th, 2015, 7:56 pm
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They are on Amazon . Oscar ware disposable grill toppers.

August 8th, 2015, 8:52 pm
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Thanks

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