Masterbuilt 20070112 Cold Smoking Kit for Digital Smoker Review
The McLemore family really has it all figured out, when it comes to building smokers that is. The McLemore family founded Masterbuilt and has grown it into one of the industry leaders. Known for its innovative and reliable cooking devices, Masterbuilt has outdone themselves when they designed the Masterbuilt 20070112 Cold Smoking Kit for Digital Smoker. Whether you are looking to make beef jerky, smoked sausage or fish, this smoker is the perfect fit. But what is the difference between this cold smoking kit and the regular ones? To answer that, we must first look at what cold smoking is.
Cold smoking is a delicate process of cooking that is similar to the traditional hot smoking (minus the heat of course). You can cure bacon, fish, cheese and sausages using this process. The process involves placing the food inside a smoker and smoking it at a low temperature of around 70 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. When cold smoking meat, it remains raw but is infused with a smoky flavor without cooking it through. In other cases, it’s not even cooked yet. Normally, electric smokers will hot smoke your food, so you will need an attachment for cold smoking. Now this Masterbuilt cold smoker kit can let any user can use it along with the smoker that they have.
Let’s take a look at the features of the Masterbuilt 20070112 Cold Smoking Kit for Digital Smoker.
- Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.1 x 16.8 inches
- Weight: 10.19 lbs
- Material: Steel
- Power Source: Electric
The Masterbuilt 20070112 Cold Smoking Kit for Digital Smoker attaches to your Masterbuilt electric smoker. It has an external Wood Chip smoking chamber that can provide continuous smoke for up to six hours at temperatures as low as 100 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Best of all, it fits all Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smokers.
- Will fit any Masterbuilt digital electric smoker
- Great for curing and smoking various foods
- Uses normal wood chips
- Has a wood chip system which has a continuous feed feature
Since it is designed as an accessory, this kit has a very simple design with only the body, the chip tube and the ash tray as its major components. The whole unit is very because only a few parts of the unit only weigh slightly more than ten pounds. This pales in comparison to the size of the full size digital smoking unit. You can link this apparatus to the digital smoker using the mount tube on the cold smoking kit. The mount tube will fit seamlessly inside the side wood chip holder of the smoker. Best of all, it has adjustable legs so that you can connect it easily, without having to invest in an external mount.
The kit itself is made of stainless steel, which is very durable. The key thing to maintain it is to keep it covered in a dry environment whenever you are not using it. This will prevent it from rusting too quickly. Remember that the unit will always wear out over time. You cannot avoid that.
To assemble this cold smoking kit, it will only take you about fifteen minutes. Aside from the instructions on how to assemble this kit, you will also get a guide on how to pre-season this kit before use. Make sure to do this step to coat the interior of the unit. It will also help enhance the flavor when you start cooking. If you skip this step, your food might end up having a chemical after taste.
A fair warning though, this kit is fairly large so it seems like it would be awkward to use. In truth as mentioned above, the kit’s mount tube will fit easily into the side of the smoker. Once you have connected the kit, starting the smoker will be easy. All you need to do is load the chip tube and push the power button and you’re good to go. The ash tray will collect all the ash that is formed as the wood chips closest to the heating unit are burned (how about that for ingenuity?). All you have to do is make sure that the temperature of the digital smoker remains in the proper range, then add more wood chips when necessary.
Lastly, this kit is very easy to clean because you never have to put the food inside it. That means there is no need to remove grease from the interior of the cold smoker. And since it includes an ash tray that you can easily pull out, there is no need to sweep the bottom of the appliance after each cooking session.
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean
- Provides 6 hours of continuous steady smoke
- Large wood chip capacity
- Wood chips must be settled at the bottom to get enough amount of smoke
- Doesn’t have a handle and a stand
- Has smoke leakage from the top lid
- Builds up much tar or creosote inside of the chute
Although the Masterbuilt 20070112 Cold Smoking Kit for Digital Smoker has a few shortcomings, it really is a great addition to any Masterbuilt smoker. In hindsight though, this kit should have already been included with all digital electric smokers in the first place . But since it is only an “optional extra”, that means that for digital smoker owners, it is a must have. Putting that aside, this kit will provide great value for money and is a worthwhile investment. Keep in mind that Masterbuilt is a great name when it comes to smokers and the accessories that come with it. If you are looking to invest on products that are durable and reliable, then this is the best one to get. You will have a great smoking experience since this kit is very easy to use and allows you to smoke a wide range of foods that won’t be possible if you are using a normal hot smoker. It is definitely a must have for any barbecue fan. Best of all, it’s not expensive.