Cold smoking advice

cabaiguan juan

Officially ready to give hugs
Aug 30, 2006
Since you guys are all following a theme of smoking in the a cooking forum LOL

@jfields , @Keystone_Raider and I were at my cabin for a weekend in February and we were bound and determined to smoke by the fire despite it being 25 - 30 degrees out. We erected a tarp and sat under it the first night; we froze and our eyes and noses were stinging from smoke. The next day John went on a scavenger hunt and came back with my neighbors fallen down tin shed and built us an honest to God fireplace which reflected heat and took the smoke up above the tarp. We ended up being comfy in jeans and tee shirts. The neighbors thought we were nuts!:) Not good pics but you get the idea.
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Sounds like Marine ingenuity right there.


For once, knowledge is making me poor!
Mar 7, 2007
Ahh, so then my suggestion won't work very well. I just read a bit on cold smoked salmon, and it makes me want to give it a try. I'm not sure I can get my smoker to operate at 80° but I'll see. I love lox, so if I could make my own that would be awesome!
My utlimate goal is to do cold smoked salmon but I am using cheese as the guinea peg until I get everything right. I am going to try some more today and I will keep you posted. I bought this smoke generator on Amazon for $10 and it works well but I haven't perfected the amount of smoke and the time yet. I just put it in the bottom of an old charcoal barrel smoker and it kept the temp at the top around 50 degrees F. From what I gather, Lox is slightly different than cold smoked salmon?
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Professional Poker Tournament Loser
Feb 20, 2008
I've never cold smoked salmon, only hot smoked it. Do you brine it beforehand and all that? From what I read, the temp on the cheese seems a little low at 45, probably why it didn't come out as well. I think you want it closer to 80. At a minimum 65 I would think, but I've not tried it yet, only read about it.

My buddy has an electric with a cold smoking attachment and I believe he smokes his cheese around 90, which I think may be too hot, but I'm not 100% sold on the accuracy of the thermometers he is using.


Active Member
Oct 17, 2008
I Have no experience with cold smoking, but wondering if you could insulate the domed lid (or entire rig) to get the temp up a bit? At least it might allow you to take the temp out of the equation.