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Offline clinton

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How to make and use a smoker
« on: September 07, 2011, 11:42:05 AM »
Ever find a shop bought smoker that was large enough for a whole snoek? Nope? Okay! Make your own!

I built a smoker a while back in 30 min and it cost me nothing. I think this would be a good first timer build. Not everyone like smoked food/ meat.

Okay gonna let the pics do most of the explaining.

Step one:
I used an old geyser drip tray, cut in half with some hinges and then got a piece of grid and folded it to fit inside. This smoker goes over the coals, on the base is your oak and then your grid and then your fish/ meat/ chicken/ wors (or whatever you want smoked).

Step two:
Was a pic of the grid (sorry)

Step three:
Fish here is hotties but snoek, angelfish, mackrel are all very good. Stump is very good for smoking. Meat, wors even chicken is great. Play around a bit. ONLY salt do not be tempeted to mix spices etc!

Step four:
Use only course salt and not too much. I leave it for so an hour if I have the time if not I sprinkle a bit of water on to help the penetration along into the fish.

Step five:
After allowing salt to pull thru well, rinse off and towel dry well. Water will cause condensation in the smoker and it will end up on the fish. No good! Place oak shaving or chips inside smoker and place grid on top of that. Place fish onto grid or a layer of foil can first be placed and then fish.

Step six:
I use finely chopped blue gum pieces of wood cause all you need is a bit of heat to keep your oak smouldering. You can use charcaol or a direct small fire but I woudn't waiste good rooikrans when all you need is a small flame.

Step seven:
Place smoker on top of fire and close as tightly as possible. There MUST be some form of outlet for smoke to escape. If there is not then the meat will become bitter.

Step eight:
Enjoy a cold one for so 20min or you can check for that nice golden brown colour to determine if ready.

Step nine:
Something like this.

Step ten:
depending on the size of your smoker you can fill it up with as many fish as you've caught.

I am current using a half drum placed over my braai to smoke and I smoke so three snoek at a time. So be inventive and try your own thing. You can make a smoker from anything!

Enjoy!

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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 01:06:43 PM »
hey clinton
that is one mal invention

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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 03:34:21 PM »
Nice one Clinton...now I want some smoked Gallie
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 05:30:29 PM »
Blerrie nice idea Clinton nou het ek lus vir Rook !!
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 08:26:33 PM »
My bek water.
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 10:08:15 AM »
Howzit guys thanks!

That smoker was used for about a year and burnt through but I should have added a thicker plate to the base and I woud still have been using it. Now I'm using a half drum and works just as well. You can make a smoker from anything! Literally anything. 25L paint drum, catering stainless steel bakke perfect, anything to throw your oak chips in that can take your grid and meat!

I love it and its healthy and people think you're the bees knees!

My favourite is smoking 20 snoek koppe for the week! All at once!
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 11:23:20 AM »
I have never smoked anything before (food) lol but with your method found new inspiration to try it.How many oak-chips do you use.How much heat do one need underneath.I can taste those "Smoked Elf" already mmm..Thanks Clinton
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 04:14:21 PM »
Dit kan ek nie glo nie!

Its not the heat that cooks the food but the smoke. I make a small fire (depending on how much is being smoked) then just continue adding small kindling (gum cause I get it for free) to keep the flame going. No coals required just heat to keep the oak smouldering. I get Vrot oak so thats what I use but you can buy oak chips in the shop (rediculously expensive) or collect fallen oak branches from any old oak tree shedding branches and chop it fine and use that. ANY oak will do. To get you started I'll sort you out with oak if you want! Trial and error on how much to use but if you see while you smoking that all the oak is burnt then just add more!

Get a 25L paint drum or a 200L drum in the meantime I'll explain to you on Tues night quickly.
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 05:54:51 PM »
Oakie Dokie see you on Tue  :coolsmiley:
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2017, 07:43:40 AM »
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2017, 11:47:15 AM »
Well done and :thanks:for sharing

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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2017, 09:58:33 AM »
I now make and sell braai's, smokers, spit braai's, pizza ovens for the braai, accessories etc. Let me know if anyone is interested!

If I could post pics I would but have not been able to for a while now! Good quality and affordable!



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Re: How to make and use a smoker
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2017, 09:59:59 AM »
Oh hell! My bad! Imagine that! Void last comment!
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Re: How to make and use a smoker
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