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Food Smoker Answered

I'm trying to make a home-made smoker, a portable one that is.
My current idea involves using a wooden smoke box, untreated wood (Any suggestions on what type to use?) and a portable gas stove, like those camping ones.

My first question is, what type of wood would be good to make the box out of? Any major no-nos as to certain woods?

Second, would a portable camping stove (either methylated spirits powered or gas powered) heat a metal plate hot enough to get the wood smoking?

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CatTrampoline (author)2012-02-28

Alton Brown made a cheap DIY smoker on one of his salmon episodes of Good Eats.

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M F (author)2010-04-03

adding heat to cardboard for a length of time might leach fumes/glue chemicals into the food.
look up
My smoker is made from thin metal, similar to street signs, buy a hot plate from a thriftstore.
smoking woods should be soaked before using.
you want steam and smoke to flavor the meat.
cherry,oak,alder,mesquite, apple

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Doctor What (author)2010-01-16

 If you're looking for an easy, portable, disposable solution, you can't go wrong with cardboard!


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Kiteman (author)2010-01-16

Why not just burn the wood?

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