Mel's Top Tips for Success:
Think about how you store your Smoking Wood Dust. Many people have to resort to drying their dust in the microwave or oven before using their Cold Smoke Generator - there is no reason to do this if you store your dust correctly, to begin with. Avoid plastic bags and containers – these keep in the condensation and will add to the dampness, it's far better to store your dust in paper bags and keep them in the house where it is warm & dry, additionally, keep your Cold Smoke Generator dry too, it’ll make everything easier.
Loading the Cold Smoke Generator
Mel Says: “Everyone has differing opinions on how to do this but here's mine. Like I said earlier, I've used mine several hundred times and have never failed… Following my advice can double the length of your burn.”
Start with a layer of fine Beech Smoking Wood Dust, fill around 20% full and tamp down firmly. Beech Dust is a particularly good conductor of the ember and burns slightly slower than most other dusts. Once your Beech is in, continue to fill with your desired flavour of dust. Fill it right up and again tamp down firmly. Finally, starting from the middle run your fingers following the maze round like you would with a souffle leaving the top of the maze clear & visible. This will stop the ember jumping over.
Caring for your Cold Smoke Generator
“I've seen so many times that users wash their Cold Smoke Generator's continuously and keep them scrupulously clean, I've never washed mine, yes seriously never washed mine.”
After each burn, all you really need to worry about is removing the majority of ash & residue, just tap it out into the bin, and give it a quick brush over with an old tooth brush. After about 30 uses, Mel recommends carefully using a small wire brush for a better result.