We are selling a lot of these wonderful gizmos on our smoking courses – they really do produce smoke with almost no heat for ten hours or so. (Rather less if there’s too much draft!)
We have had a couple of queries so I thought I’d compile Smoky Jo’s answers to the most FAQ we get about it. Sometimes the burners go out, or do not stay lit. I have yet to have anyone not resolve this in one of the following ways:
1. Is it clean? If the holes in the mesh of the generator are blocked with ash the essential draft is not there. They can be cleaned with a toothbrush or similar, and/or tapped against a wall. Being made of stainless steel it is washable, but I just leave it on a BBQ and let the old dust/ash burn off. I do not know whether it is designed to withstand this sort of heat but I don’t seem to have caused any damage. Just make sure you don’t pick it up with your naked hand!
2. Is there enough draft? – The CSG (cold smoke generator) needs a bit of a through draft to keep it burning. In a completely closed environment it is likely to go out.
3. Is the dust dry? Obvious really, but it is not always obvious that wood dust is slightly damp – it may be worth drying in an open container in the the airing cupboard or on top of a radiator etc.
Right. I’ll just go and see how the salmon is coming along….
Our original blog post from when we tried out Mac’s CSG last year.