Drip Problem

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by maple man, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Hello Folks,

    I built this small smokehouse this this spring out of pallets that I took apart. All I had to buy was some deck screws and the aluminum flashing for the roof. The total cost of building this is $40.55. The rest of the items I had when I cleaned out my dads shed when he passed on. It is 52"W X 46" H X 28 , and it can hold 5 racks. The chimney pipe is a 6" stove pipe with a flue damper. The chimney pipe to the tip of the chimney cap is 25 1/2" in length. The fire box is the interior of an old wood furnace that I removed from my house a few years ago and decided to use it for this application.

    Yesterday was the first time that I lit a fire inside the unit. It did make smoke and I do believe that it will be okay to smoke with. But I have not yet tried my digital thermometer to see what kind of temperature I will be able to achieve with this setup.

    I have a moisture problem with this smoker and I am wondering if anyone can help me solve this problem with the solution to my problem? The problem is that when the fire is lit and the smoke is rolling out the chimney there is moisture coming down into the smokehouse from the chimney and moisture then forms in a small water puddle in the corner of the smokehouse interior as you will see in the pictures. And it also drips from the chimney cap out onto the roof. Should I shorten the chimney, should I put a smaller diameter chimney, or remove the chimney all together and put a furnace floor heat vent in the wall for a smoke vent instead? Here is five photos, I hope that someone can help me out. I have three racks of pork ribs that I can't wait to get in the smokehouse but I would rather solve this issue first. The bracing was put on last night because we are getting hit with heavy tail winds from a tropical storm so I figured I would be safe rather than sorry. Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,


  2. Nice smoke house. i can't answer your question. Someone will be along soon with an answer.

    Happy smoken.

  3. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I know it has to do with temp changes. The smoke is carrying creosote and it sticks to the colder pipe like condensation. It is similar how liquid smoke is made. It sounds like your wood may be a little green or not burning hot enough. I have an outdoor wood boiler for my home heating and have the same situation when it is not cold outside and the fire doesn't burn as hot. Someone smarter than me will be along and have suggestions.
  4. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  6. My smoker did something like that when I had to much water in it. Do you have water pan? Is wood dry? Is you fire hot? If you are soaking wood in water, I have read that just makes steam
  7. Hey Folks'

    I talked to DaveOmak, a member on this forum and he suggested the same thing as Woodcutter. The cold pipe is making condensation. I do not have any water trays and my wood is not green it is well seasoned. It has been in my house basement where I keep the humidity between 45 % and 50 % at all times. I could put a pan up in the corner like Black suggests, but with that I would lose space for smoking. Or I could just remove the chimney and patch the roof up and seal it tight and put a vent up high in the back wall such as this guy had done in this link.


    Removing the chimney pipe, patching and sealing the hole in the roof and adding the vent up high in the back wall might be the best way to go. What do you all think?  Do I need  to add a vent down low in the back wall as in the pictures of the smokehouse in the link .

    Thank you,


  8. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Raymond, if you can give me a few weeks I will let you know how it works.
    I was going to do a stack but reading DaveO's posts I decided to go with the wall mounts (and it was a lot easier). I can't get to it for a couple of weeks then I will be doing some test runs to see how it works. Hang with me before you start making any major mods and I will post how mine is working!
  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Replace the steel stack with one made of wood.

    You can make a square stack, from lumber.
  10. I will be watching for your response.


  11. Thats an idea, [​IMG], I never thought of that idea, it would work. 

    Thanks for the reply, That would stop the condensation, LOL.


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