- Caulked all inside corners with silicon aquarium sealant (it is safe to use in the smoker)
- Attached thin weather strip around the doors to prevent smoke/heat loss
- Drilled a tiny hole in the top of the cabinet so that a thermometer could be dropped in
Time to give it a test run. I wanted to give the cabinet a try but did not want to commit to a long test or one with expensive meats. My wife found some cheap steak in the freezer and I figured it was worth a try. I do not know if cheap steak is smoke-able or not but it will be my test.
Here is everything ready to go. I placed the steak on an old toaster oven tray so that it would not stick to the rack and would be easier to remove when done. I also have a pan of water to keep everything humid and a pan of chips, some soaked in water.
After a bit over 2 hours I noticed the smoke had quit coming out of the back of the cabinet. I discovered that all of the chips had burned out and, as I started to add more, I decided to check on the steak. I cut into it and it looked done so I decided to shut everything down.
I can not say that the steak absorbed a lot of smoke. It did taste somewhat smokey but not much. As I said before, I was not sure how it would turn out. That aside, I call the test a success. Everything worked as desired and now I am planning my next smoke on some chicken.