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aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby sosman » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:00 pm



I fired up an Aldi gas smoker tonight to season it (no food). Now the user guide says:

"Smoking for 2 to 3 hours at the ideal constant temperature of 110 to 120 C will get the best results ... for more tender and heavily smoked meat, a lower temperature may be preferred"

On low, it sat at a constant 130 C (vent position didn't seem to have much effect) so how do I get the temperature down? Especially since I am after the "more tender and heavily smoked meat". I am curious what temperatures other people get with these smokers (seems to be a rebadged Hark) and how to get the temperature down. I'm thinking of unleashing it on some pork ribs for my christmas BBQ but that is another thread.

It certainly generated lots of smoke from the hickory chips.


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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby titch » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:11 pm

With a full water tray and the smoke box in, I can run mine at 250F, around the 120c mark.
Closed Vent seems to concentrate the smoke.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby sosman » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:12 pm

So I'm not out of the ball park at 130 then. I'll give some ribs a go tomorrow.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby RatDog » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:53 pm

You can smoke at all temperatures in these sorts of smokers, I've had no trouble keeping mine at a constant 70C - 80C by turning the gas bottle almost all the way off then making fine adjustments - paying attention to the size and behavior of the flame.
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Postby sosman » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:11 pm

Thanks for the info - have tried a couple of things - bit of a learning curve but already getting tasty results.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby ant » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:16 pm

During my first smoking effort a few weeks back in this, had the same issue. I want to cold-smoke some hams down the track, after some trial runs, but couldn't get it lower than 200F without losing all my smoke. I turned the gas bottle to almost off, too.

One of the senior members here said I can dispense with the gas for cold smoking, and put some heat beads in the chip box with the chips. That's going to get a go for sure.

also the yanks have this A Maze N Smoker thing which looks like a cutlery tray made of mesh, you fill it with sawdust and light it. Going to try and get a better look at a schematic diagram and see if it's possible to make one.

I'm also thinking of cycling the gas. Get it going, up to max smoke, and then turn off the flame without opening door. Might see about duct taping the vent too, as smoke still issues from the door and the floor joins.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby urbangriller » Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:54 pm

Hi Ant,

The A-Maze-N-smoker is here:
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=2833

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Postby titch » Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:39 pm

ant wrote:During my first smoking effort a few weeks back in this, had the same issue. I want to cold-smoke some hams down the track, after some trial runs, but couldn't get it lower than 200F without losing all my smoke. I turned the gas bottle to almost off, too.

One of the senior members here said I can dispense with the gas for cold smoking, and put some heat beads in the chip box with the chips. That's going to get a go for sure.

also the yanks have this A Maze N Smoker thing which looks like a cutlery tray made of mesh, you fill it with sawdust and light it. Going to try and get a better look at a schematic diagram and see if it's possible to make one.

I'm also thinking of cycling the gas. Get it going, up to max smoke, and then turn off the flame without opening door. Might see about duct taping the vent too, as smoke still issues from the door and the floor joins.



A stainless collander works very nice in those units,maybe start at 12 beads,will depend on the enviroment where you live.

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Postby ant » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:38 pm

That cold smoker is a great gadget, I'm just baulking at the price tag a bit. Will be in the US next month, hopefully, so might go looking for one. Perfect gadget though, for long smokes. a friend in the US had an electric smoker and I figure that'd be a better go for long smoking at cool temperatures.

Thanks for pic of colander! I guess there'd be better air ingress. I got some heat beads yesterday, um, how do you light them and keep them going? When I use the Coles cheapo version in my wood heater, I use a firelighter to get it all moving, obviously not going to use a stinky firelighter in the smoker.
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Postby titch » Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:52 pm

ant wrote:That cold smoker is a great gadget, I'm just baulking at the price tag a bit. Will be in the US next month, hopefully, so might go looking for one. Perfect gadget though, for long smokes. a friend in the US had an electric smoker and I figure that'd be a better go for long smoking at cool temperatures.

Thanks for pic of colander! I guess there'd be better air ingress. I got some heat beads yesterday, um, how do you light them and keep them going? When I use the Coles cheapo version in my wood heater, I use a firelighter to get it all moving, obviously not going to use a stinky firelighter in the smoker.



Read this post, viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2145 Kevin shows how its done
Chuck out the cheap heat beads and use a brand name like heatbeads.
Another way I do it


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I use an old wire rack over an old oven tray,get the fire burnibg at least 3 heat beads and away it go,s.
Gee I have learnt from this site.
Hope this helps Ants.
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Postby ant » Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:20 pm

Good link, thanks. I'll go give it a read. Yes, I did buy proper heat beads! and a bag of hickory chips while I was at it.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby sosman » Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:56 pm

titch wrote:
A stainless collander works very nice in those units,maybe start at 12 beads,will depend on the enviroment where you live.

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Hey does the garlic help keep the temperature down too? Seriously though, does this add much to the flavour? I noticed a whole garlic rolling around the bottom of the fridge earlier.

And an update on my temperature control - apparently not wetting the wood chips gives a combination gas + wood fired burner. When I soaked them overnight, it was a bit easier to keep the temperature down and the smoke lasted longer.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby titch » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:15 pm

sosman wrote:
titch wrote:
A stainless collander works very nice in those units,maybe start at 12 beads,will depend on the enviroment where you live.

IMG_0358 (Medium).jpg


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Hey does the garlic help keep the temperature down too? Seriously though, does this add much to the flavour? I noticed a whole garlic rolling around the bottom of the fridge earlier.

And an update on my temperature control - apparently not wetting the wood chips gives a combination gas + wood fired burner. When I soaked them overnight, it was a bit easier to keep the temperature down and the smoke lasted longer.



I have been using green Garlic Bulbs as a flavouring for years,in the Weber charcoal kettle.
I think it adds a piquant to the meal.( had to look that word up )
I love the idea of adding herbs to the cooking smoke.
At the worst It drives my neighbours nuts, and that alone is worth it.
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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby leigh_munro » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:51 pm

Anyone tried some pork ribs in one of these?

Whats the best way to do it?
How long for the cook?


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Re: aldi gas smoker - how low do they go?

Postby sosman » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:26 pm

leigh_munro wrote:Anyone tried some pork ribs in one of these?
Whats the best way to do it?
How long for the cook?


Leigh - I'm no smoking guru and I have only cooked ribs a couple of times. First step is to find a butcher that has the ribs you want at a good price. I then made a spicy rub and just followed the basic tips in the Aldi book (110 - 120 C). Looking back on my notes I smoked them for about 3 hours but your mileage may vary. Soak the chips in water.
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