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I'm going to make my own smoke house

Old 12-04-2011, 05:24 AM
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Default I'm going to make my own smoke house

Watched several youtube vids on doing it, but seems like there's no material that's talked about as best for the building.

Got any suggestions and why? Have seen an old one in a near by town made out of brick I like and I think the brick will flavor up nice, but is being non porous an important part of safe meat? Not like the meat will be touching the brick, then again the meat could get on it over time and they don't get all that hot (killing).

Could use some rough sawn Hickory, that would be cool, but is it safe?.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:30 PM
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I think you can use just about anything you want. Maybe stay away from pressure treated lumber though. But it's not like the sides and roof will be burning or anything, just holding in smoke for a bit.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:10 AM
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An old post, but thought I'd add something. The sketches I have seen for smoe houses show the fire outside the smoke house, with a buried stack leading to it. That way, there's no danger of the house being exposed to flame.
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:13 PM
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If you don`t plan of smoking a lot of meat at one time, perhaps an old fridge would be an idea. Either an external smoke source or just a single element burner and a large cast iron frying pan inside the fridge works great. My father has been smoking salmon, trout, and char this way for over 40 years. I have`nt found any better.

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:06 AM
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I do some BBQ smoking and have a couple of cookers. But I take it you want to make something like this


She does a great blog and is a great person, very active in several BBQ and cooking forums.

Look into the smoker build section here. In fact the whole place is a great resource for all things smoking and BBQ.

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Old 06-11-2012, 04:42 PM
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there's some old pictures of my area's early settlers smoking meat hung on mesquite brush with wagon tarps thrown over it all.
point is ... a smokehouse is a vessel to contain smoke and heat(or not as in cold smoking).
so, yeah, aside from treated lumber (which used to have arsnic) any structure will do.
I've seen old outhouses ( moved to a better location ), chicken coops, well houses and small barns, up to custom walk-in brick buildings used to smoke meats, and other foods.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:17 AM
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I found these plans, and I am getting ready to build it:
I think I am going to modify it so it has a two part door (so you can replenish the wood chips w/ out letting all of the heat out), a bottom, and install castor wheels on it to make it portable.

I've seen disagreement, but I will not be using treated lumber or plywood. It will be tongue and groove pine for me.
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