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ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« on: July 10, 2010, 01:40:13 PM »
I just got mine for Father's day. Using it today to make a cold smoked salmon. It's generating nice smoke and basically 0 heat. This is just pure genius. It was about $30 shipped from England.

I'm also smoking some salt.

http://www.macsbbq.co.uk/CSG.html  (currently having problems)
http://proq.forumotion.com/cold-smoking-f22/proq-cold-smoke-generator-t700.htm

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010, 02:27:34 PM »
I just got mine for Father's day. Using it today to make a cold smoked salmon. It's generating nice smoke and basically 0 heat. This is just pure genius. It was about $30 shipped from England.

I'm also smoking some salt.

http://www.macsbbq.co.uk/CSG.html  (currently having problems)
http://proq.forumotion.com/cold-smoking-f22/proq-cold-smoke-generator-t700.htm

Very interesting Jason..   I didn't see a movie (or perhaps you have to log on to see it ? ), but I am interested...

So how do you light it, and does it keep going of it's own accord ?

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010, 02:30:07 PM »
more than a little interested, would love to be able to smoke salmon!

I followed the live link and a link from there... trying to figure out what you got for $30... the smoke generator itself?  How does it work?  Guess you then have to have/build something for the smoking chamber itself?

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2010, 02:39:25 PM »
Anything can be used as a smoking chamber. I used my smoker (not lit obviously, just as a container) You can probably use a gas grill that isn't on...anything really. Some people use it in a cardboard box.

GG2, i thought you'd like it! You light it at the beginning with a tea candle, then once it's going, it keeps itself going for about 10 hours.

I just took my salmon (steelhead trout from costco) out after a 5 hour smoke. A quick bite tells me it'll be frikkin delicious. I hear though you're supposed to let the food "settle" and equilibrate for about 24 hrs after cold smoking. I think it'll be even better tomorrow morning.

Not that to keep the salmon cool (below 85) for the duration in our 90+ deg. georgia day, i lay the salmon on ice packs that were in a zip bag, and put that in the smoker.

Take a look here for a quick overview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43nMHZQukwE

and these guys are awesome!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnYqUt6tbpw

For $30 you get the special steel spiral cage, and a 100g bag of sawdust. Additional sawdust can be purchased from Butcher-packer for about $10 for 5lbs...i haven't tried it, but i hope it's the correct "fineness"

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2010, 02:40:36 PM »
It's going to take a lot of experimenting to get the brine or dry curing time correct as well as any additions....this time i did a very simple salt/sugar brine overnight....next time i'll add spices/herbs...

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2010, 02:49:44 PM »
Anything can be used as a smoking chamber. I used my smoker (not lit obviously, just as a container) You can probably use a gas grill that isn't on...anything really. Some people use it in a cardboard box.

GG2, i thought you'd like it! You light it at the beginning with a tea candle, then once it's going, it keeps itself going for about 10 hours.

I just took my salmon (steelhead trout from costco) out after a 5 hour smoke. A quick bite tells me it'll be frikkin delicious. I hear though you're supposed to let the food "settle" and equilibrate for about 24 hrs after cold smoking. I think it'll be even better tomorrow morning.

Not that to keep the salmon cool (below 85) for the duration in our 90+ deg. georgia day, i lay the salmon on ice packs that were in a zip bag, and put that in the smoker.

Take a look here for a quick overview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43nMHZQukwE

and these guys are awesome!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnYqUt6tbpw

For $30 you get the special steel spiral cage, and a 100g bag of sawdust. Additional sawdust can be purchased from Butcher-packer for about $10 for 5lbs...i haven't tried it, but i hope it's the correct "fineness"

Here is a place to get a variety of sawdust for smoking... It is more expensive, but there is a variety..

http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/smokers/918264.aspx

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2010, 02:54:53 PM »
Those are chips. This thing uses sawdust. Thanks though

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2010, 02:59:35 PM »
Those are chips. This thing uses sawdust. Thanks though

Jason, I have some.. honestly it is sawdust..  almost fine enough to push through a regular strainer..

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2010, 03:06:08 PM »
hrmmm...that is very interesting then b/c 1.75 lbs for $4 is fine...since it takes 100g for 8-10 hours...1.75lbs is almost 8 full loads...that's $0.50 per load...not bad at all.
Is there a local store or do i have to pay for shipping?

Can you take a closeup picture of it i want to see how it compares to the one that came with it...i took a picture before i used it for future reference.

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2010, 03:08:52 PM »
hrmmm...that is very interesting then b/c 1.75 lbs for $4 is fine...since it takes 100g for 8-10 hours...1.75lbs is almost 8 full loads...that's $0.50 per load...not bad at all.
Is there a local store or do i have to pay for shipping?

Can you take a closeup picture of it i want to see how it compares to the one that came with it...i took a picture before i used it for future reference.


I'm on it Jason..  I'm eating a King of Pops, and my hand is all gooey..   LOL






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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2010, 03:19:20 PM »
hrmmm...that is very interesting then b/c 1.75 lbs for $4 is fine...since it takes 100g for 8-10 hours...1.75lbs is almost 8 full loads...that's $0.50 per load...not bad at all.
Is there a local store or do i have to pay for shipping?

Can you take a closeup picture of it i want to see how it compares to the one that came with it...i took a picture before i used it for future reference.


The wood may be available at Bass Pro Shops  ?   It has been in the past...

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2010, 07:29:05 PM »
thanks GG. It looks a little bit coarser...nothing a whiz in the old spice grinder couldn't fix!
Take a look. These are the proq chips:


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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2010, 02:25:34 AM »
thanks GG. It looks a little bit coarser...nothing a whiz in the old spice grinder couldn't fix!
Take a look. These are the proq chips:



You are right, they are finer.

Hmmm  I know about a big cabinet shop in Loganville that might save some specific types of shavings for me..  they do commercial and residential cabinet door that are usually Oak or Cedar or some other wood. I doubt if he has the other flavors though.. ?

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2010, 07:49:45 AM »
i'm always worried about wood that's been treated from wood working shops though....
i'll try the butcher-packer chips and report back

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Re: ProQ Cold Smoke Generator - Pure genius.
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2010, 09:35:08 AM »
I happend to find an old container of Cameron's Stovetop Smoker chips in a box in the garage...they look quite similar to the proq smoking chips. Too bad the Cameron's are a rip off.

 

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