Author Topic: Moisture from water bowl  (Read 1167 times)

Offline bob288

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Moisture from water bowl
« on: September 23, 2016, 02:24:43 am »
I'm about to try cold smoking salmon with my newwly acquired (second hand) BTIS1. I'll be using a  cold smoke adapter but I'm concerned about the possible moisture caused by the bristettes falling into the water bowl.
Moisture is not good for cold smoking salmon and I read somewhere that the Bradley smoker was not recommended for cold moking salmon for this very reason.

I'm wondering if the vapour will just condense in the tube between the smoke generator and the smoker.

Has anyone views or experience with this?

Thanks in advance.


Offline watchdog56

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Re: Moisture from water bowl
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2016, 05:17:47 am »
keep your vent wide open to help let the moisture out. I have never cold smoked fish either. Maybe someone with more experience will post.

Offline Lionman2

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Re: Moisture from water bowl
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2016, 05:18:29 am »
not sure where you read about a Bradley not being good for cold smoked salmon, it works great! I do it all the time and a lot of cold smoked trout, never had any issues.


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Re: Moisture from water bowl
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2016, 07:42:40 am »
bob288, there is very little heat produced by the burner itself, so the warming of the water from heat in the cold smoke adapter in negligible. Removal of moisture from the fish, which is the primary objective won't be hampered by what little moisture may come from a hot biscuit dropping in the bowl of H2O every 20 min. You need proper air flow through the system to remove the moisture from the fish, so keeping an open top vent is a must.
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Offline watchdog56

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Re: Moisture from water bowl
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2016, 12:20:03 pm »
Also your pan does not need boiling water in it,just use cold water so no vapor is formed.

Offline bob288

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Re: Moisture from water bowl
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2016, 02:32:36 pm »
Ok Thanks.
In any case I'm going to put a fairly long tube between the adapter and the smoker so any moisture should condense.

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Re: Moisture from water bowl
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2016, 03:32:31 am »
I have cold smoked a lot of salmon with the Bradley using the offset cold smoker setup and never had a problem with moisture. I'm not sure if you could measure any significant change in the dew point or humidity levels. As mentioned, keep the vent wide open.

Depending on how long of a tube you will be attaching, you may have a problem with draft. By increasing the length of the tube, you may cut down on the flow of smoke to the cabinet. I keep my tube as short as possible, only considering the length of the tube to help keep the temperature inside the cabinet down.


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