To cold smoke you really need to keep the temperature under 90 degrees. This is pretty hard even when you use an AMNPS tray or tube in a smoker chamber. It can be done by putting a pan of ice between the AMNPS an what you are smoking, or by leaving the door of the smoker open a bit to let out the heat. The best solution is to make something similar to the mailbox mod, or buying a smoke generator. The attached photo is what I made (similar to the mailbox mod) to attach to my Pit Barrel cooker. I made it out of an old aluminum roaster with a couple aluminum elbows. It generates light blue smoke with no heat. I don’t smoke much fish, mostly bellies, cheese, eggs, etc. as for the cold smoking resources, just Google cold smoking and you will get all the information you need.
Finally picked up one yesterday. Getting it seasoned this morning just have to figure out what to cook on it now 😀
Going to try some cheese steaks tonight. Breakfast tomorrow morning and then some hibachi.
I already see myself getting the bigger unit. But this little one will be perfect for tailgate meal after a long hunt this fall and in the ice house this winter.
My rainbow trout turned out pretty good. My smoke time was just under 3 hours. I ended up finishing it off in the oven. The fish had a nice smoke taste to it. I used apple chunks. I want to use alder next time.
I would think most smokers would have a hard time not getting too warm for cold smoking. But you could get a pellet tube and put it in your smoker and see where your at temp wise and just leave your smoker off and just get the heat from the pellet tube.
Sorry to hear about your adversity Scoot. You certainly do have your priorities right. Ryan will learn some great life lessons from these situations. Sometimes life just gets in the way of our best laid plans.
I learned this personally the last 2 years. Had all kinds of plans.
Then diagnosed with 2 cancers.
Had to cancel a long planned first western hunt. Montana archery elk. Made it a goal to do that trip the next year which was last year. I fought and worked like hell to make that happen and it did. The goal was to get up on a Montana mountain top and hear a bull elk bugle. Happened the first morning.
Very emotional time.
Didn't have to kill anything to fulfill a dream.
All is well now and looking forward to a healthy fall.
Hopefully you and Ryan will be back in the field shortly and be able to look back with an extra sense of appreciation and strength.
As you know, cancer sucks.
Wishing your father healing and blessings for you all.