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Offline zueth

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Black Rain
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:24:46 AM »
Every time I smoke up a load of salmon, 8 racks in my 4 rack digital Bradley I get black rain.  i have the vent full open and make sure I clean out the top before and after each smoke. There is so much of it, that it forms a puddle below the front door.  I am assuming this is because of all the moisture in the fish.  Anything I can do to help with this?

Offline Keymaster

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 11:48:06 AM »
I get the same thing . It seems if I take the time to form a really good pellicle it doesn' leak from the door as much . I fold up a paper towel and put it under each foot on the front of the smoker cause the wife has a tizzy if the Black rain gets on the deck :)

Offline Salmonsmoker

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012, 12:04:06 PM »
Zueth,

A couple of things..... Do you let a pellicle form on the surface before smoking? If not, this will help to get rid of some of the moisture pre-smoke.
The bigger the load = the more moisture
My black rain drips down from around the top vent. Hot moist air meets cooler ambient air and that's where the moisture condenses. The cooler the ambient temp., the more condensation I get right at the vent. Conversely, the warmer the ambient temp. the less there is because the moisture isn't forced out of the exhaust by cold air.
I took a throw-away aluminum pie plate, attached 3 wires spaced around the rim and hooked them through the top vent leaving an inch or so between the pie plate and the inner top of the smoker cabinet. It catches the black rain, but doesn't impede the flow of smoke and moisture out of the cabinet.
Hope this helps.
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Offline zueth

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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2012, 12:10:02 PM »
Yes I let the fish air dry for about 3-4 hours. I don't think it affects the flavor just affects the look of the fish.

Offline Jim O

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2012, 12:41:08 PM »
I put a foil pie plate on top of an inverted rack on the top shelf under the wide open vent.

Solved the problem for me !

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Offline zueth

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2012, 01:14:03 PM »
I was using all 8 racks. Don't have a free rack. If I did I could try that.

Offline BAM1

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2012, 06:34:28 PM »
I have my smoker vented out a garage window with an inline 80 cfm fan and never have seen "black rain".  I smoke a lot of Salmon and make jerky and sausage.
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Offline zueth

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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2012, 10:19:28 AM »
Mine is outside, can you explain the fan.

Offline Jim O

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2012, 01:08:39 PM »
Hey Bam-  Doesn't the fan suck the heat out the vent ?

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2012, 03:21:47 PM »
I have a PID and 900w element.  Even when I smoke cheese with just the smoke tower on I have to put a pan of ice in so I don't think I'm losing much heat.
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Offline Salmonsmoker

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Re: Black Rain
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2012, 11:04:01 PM »
I was using all 8 racks. Don't have a free rack. If I did I could try that.

Zueth, when I smoke fish I have a full smoker like you. That's why I suspended the pie plate. When I do the rack shift- top to bottom, front to back thing I don't have to worry about disturbing the rain catcher.
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