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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #60 on: April 02, 2020, 05:05:48 AM »
Let me know when Bella comes to you. I'm choosing my first smoker now. Can you recommend any of them?

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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #61 on: April 10, 2020, 01:30:57 AM »
I don't do any cold smoking.  Not yet, anyway.  But if I were to have to choose either the Bella or the Smoke Daddy, it would be the Bella hands down.  The video comparison of the two units definitely shows the Bella as the better of the two.

While I have steered clear of pellet grills for my own use, they are popular.  I checked out a couple before getting my first electric smoker.  They seemed problematic back then so I went electric. Of the units you have listed, they all have a strong following.  But if I had to decide, it would be the Fast Eddy.  All stainless steel. Having said that, I would still go with a smoker from SI over a pellet grill.  These smokers are simple and reliable and versatile. And that is what I prefer.
David from Arizona
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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #62 on: April 12, 2020, 08:55:39 AM »
I purchased the Bella's CSG with my new #2DW and last weekend used it for the first time to cold smoke a rack of various cheeses and Himalayan salt. I only filled the CSG about halfway with pellets thinking that I only wanted to go 2 hours with the cheese. Once fired up I was getting a lot of smoke, so I set the pump to about 25-30%. Things were going fine until about 1.75 hours in when I checked on it and there was little to no smoke coming out. I checked on the pellets and they were just about gone, but a clump of semi-burned pellets on one side appeared to be a bit wet. I also noticed some creosote-like liquid dribbling down the outside of the CSG. I moved the ash and wet pellets to one side as best I could, added more pellets and got to the two hour mark.

So next time I will keep the pump at 50% as recommended in the BK vs Bella CSG youtube video, and see if I get a cleaner, dryer burn. I assume that it was my mistake in letting it smolder at the lower pump setting?

BTW, the other mistake I made was in putting the salt below the cheese. I assumed that at 65 degrees high temperature in the smoker, that the cheese wouldn't sweat, but it did and at the end the salt was a bit wet. But who knows? Maybe having cheese fat-infused smoked salt will be even better? Haven't tried it yet but will let you know. The cheese has been in the fridge for a week, will try some next weekend.

BTW BTW, you may notice the skewer at the bottom of the CSG on the door photo... I found it a bit fiddly to screw the bottom plate back on the unit so I found that a meat skewer could easily be inserted through both holes of the bottom plate. If I ever need to add more pellets during a smoke, I can hold the bottom plate with one (gloved) hand, pull the skewer with the other drop the ash, replace the plate and skewer, load more pellets and refire. Should be that easy.
Paul from SW New Hampshire
SI #2DW + Bella's CSG

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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #63 on: April 12, 2020, 10:56:21 AM »
Looks like you went all in with you smoker purchase. Enjoy the fruits of your labors!
David from Arizona
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SI 3D & Big Red Controller
CS 066 (retired to my son's home)
Lodge Sportsman Grill
Weber Kettle
Ducane Meridian 42 inch Grill
LEM MaxVac 1088A
LEM Big Bite #8 Grinder
Chef's Choice 665 and Rival Slicers
Old Hickory Knives
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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #64 on: April 13, 2020, 08:16:27 AM »
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Looks like you went all in with you smoker purchase.

I did, but even with all the bells 'n whistles, it still amounted to less than the Kamado Joe grill that I almost bought last year. And no need to baby sit the cook, no ash cleanout... you know the rest.
Paul from SW New Hampshire
SI #2DW + Bella's CSG

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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #65 on: April 13, 2020, 02:16:44 PM »
I think you made the right choice.
David from Arizona
US Army 70 - 95
SI 3D & Big Red Controller
CS 066 (retired to my son's home)
Lodge Sportsman Grill
Weber Kettle
Ducane Meridian 42 inch Grill
LEM MaxVac 1088A
LEM Big Bite #8 Grinder
Chef's Choice 665 and Rival Slicers
Old Hickory Knives
InstantPot Duo80 Plus

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Re: External Smoke Generator - What's your thoughts
« Reply #66 on: July 19, 2020, 10:40:43 AM »
Iíve been reading into the Bella more the last few days and love what it provides for cold smoking - and may just get it for that. But Iím curious to see if anyone is using it as a supplement smoke for hot smoking and what this adds to smoke profile of the end product.

Anyone have any comments/feedback on this? Perhaps Iíd do some cold smoking but if this adds to the smoke profile, that will seal the deal for me.

Thanks!
Jeremy in NM
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