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The
A-MAZE-N-SMOKER
Cold Smoke Generator
Review

 

Every now and then I run across a new product or design that is so simple it's amazing. This is a very well made smoke generator that can be purchased for under $30. When I first saw the design I had to laugh. I wasn't laughing at the product or its design. No, I was laughing at how simple it was and inexpensive it was in comparison to what's out there. I'm not going to take anything away from the other products as I plan on reviewing some of them as well. What I have to point out here is the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER is flat out a very inexpensive, simple design yet versatile cold smoke generator. Read on to find out why I'm so impressed with this cold smoke generator.

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The $39.99 A-MAZE-N-SMOKER is a product of A-MAZE-N Products LLC. Several months were put into the product testing different combinations of configuration, material  and sawdust types. This is a great time to mention they sell the sawdust for fuel and its known as A-MAZE-N-Dust.

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Design

Let's start with the design. The unit I tested is a 6"x 8" stainless steel mesh box with dividers forming a maze. The unit is made with #304 perforated stainless steel. Right out of the gate one can tell this thing is very well built and should last a life time unless exposed to abuse.

Packaging

The product was shipped priority mail with 3lbs. of A-MAZE-N-Dust and some instructions all in the same box. It was very well packed and was on site within 4 days. I always appreciate fast shipping.

Seasoning

No different then any grill or smoker this device was fabricated from materials that have a light oil on the metal. The first step was to place the unit onto my grill and expose it to 450 degrees heat for about 30 to 40 minutes. this will burn of the oily residue on the stainless steel. After it was burned off I let it cool then ran it through my dishwasher.

The Food

Now that I was ready to move forward with the testing I prepared some, Pepper Jack, Mild White Cheddar, mozzarella and some Monterey Jack cheese. I made sure to keep the thickness under an inch as I like allot of smoke flavor. This is a great time to point out that allot of smoke flavor doesn't not mean the food will be bitter. We are looking for a nice thin blue smoke. White smoke indicates a cold burn of the wood and will result in a bitter flavor. The cheese was placed on the smoking grate with all edges exposed. I left an area in the upper left of the smoking grate to accommodate the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER.

Lighting

Once I had the cheese on the smoker it was time to get to smoking. The first step was to load the AMAZE-N-SMOKER with the sawdust. In this case I had hickory sawdust. I out a little over two cups of sawdust in the device then using my fingers, I evenly distributed the sawdust in each section of the maze. Once the sawdust is loaded I gave it a few taps against the ground to settle the sawdust. A butane mini torch is recommended for lighting and rightfully so. Using the mini torch was a very affective way to start the burn process. The unit has two holes, one at each end. You can light one end or both. If you do light both the sawdust will burn up quicker. In my case since I'm working with a larger smoker I went one further lighting both ends and the center. All you do is hold the mini torch flame to the sawdust for about 30 seconds and it's off and smoking.

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SmokingPit.com - HA-MAZE-N-SMOKER New Cold smoke generator for your smoker. Smoked cheese and meats without the heat and expense.

SmokingPit.com - HA-MAZE-N-SMOKER New Cold smoke generator for your smoker. Smoked cheese and meats without the heat and expense.

SmokingPit.com - HA-MAZE-N-SMOKER New Cold smoke generator for your smoker. Smoked cheese and meats without the heat and expense.

The Smoke

I started my test at 10:30 AM. The smoker was loaded with cheese and the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER was placed in the upper left corner. I placed it in this location because my exhaust stack in located in the upper right. I wanted to make sure I had a nice thin blue smoke rolling through the entire cooking chamber. I placed a digital thermometer probe inside the smoking chamber to monitor the temperature. Starting out it was 54 degrees which was about the temperature of the morning air. Once all this was set I closed the lid and walked away for 1 hour.

Upon returning after the first hour a was pleased to see a nice thin blue smoke still rolling out of the smoker. With the lid open I could see that the sawdust burn had crawled about 3/4 of the way up 3 columns. within the maze. It appeared to be laying down what I consider the right amount of smoke. All is well so far so the lid was shut until hour 2 arrived.

At hour 2 the sawdust at this point was 3/4 burned up and the cheese had a nice smoky tint to it. I couldn't resist sampling the cheese. It was amazing! The 3rd and final hour the the last of the sawdust had burned and the cheese was done. The maximum temp at this point was 71 degrees. Keep in mind that the air temperature was around 58 - 60 degrees. I pulled most the cheese at this point. I left some on and added some more sawdust and let it go another hour. The cheese really didn't pick up much more smoke flavor the last hour. 3 hours seemed to be just the right time in the smoker.

Conclusion

Some times it's the simple things that work the best. I can't think of a logical reason I would pay more for a product that would at best match the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER in ease of use and quality of smoked products. After a many successful smokes using this product I can say with confidence it's a great buy and one can expect quality smoked goods using it. If your looking for a cold smoke generator that is easy to used and produces quality meats and cheeses I highly recommend the A-MAZE-N-Smoker. It's the best cold smoke generator I know of for under $50. Get your cold smoke generator today @ A-MAZE-N Products Web Site. Tell them you saw it here @ SmokingPit.com.

 

 

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