smoke house out of plywood

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by pigknuckle1957, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. I have some scrap OSB plywood.  Will this be ok to use for a smokehouse? I don't need a big one but the scraps will make one about the right size for my use.
     
  2. I would say no, osb is pieces of wood with a compound agent (glue) mixed in then pressed. When you heat it it could melt the compound and contaminate your food.
     
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with masonman -- negative on the OSB.  I'd be worried about toxicity.
     
  4. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OSB Leaches at temp of 224* My OSB smokehouse does not go above 175* and has a nice season of smoke in it. For years smokehouses have been made of wood from hardwoods to pine planks.  If your planning on saving some $ and go with OSB do an 8 to 10 hour slow smoke around 150* to season the inside just as you would a metal smoker you just bought from the store.
     
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    One of my good friends has an OSB smokehouse and he has no problems with it.  I keep thinking that the heat and humidity will eventually get to it but it hasn't happened yet.  I made mine with T111 siding and 3/4 inch ply floor.

    Al
     
  6. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have had mine up for 2 years now with no problems even in the harsh north east pennsylvania winters.
     
  7. dnovotny

    dnovotny Smoke Blower

    looked at your web and saw a water stuffer  had one but it  got messy so i hooked up

    to a 3gal air compressor and it works great,, no water mess.. thought i let you know

    of another idea....
     
  8. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Yeah i was thinking air but dont know how to go about the connections.
     
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    great looking unit man - lookin forware to seeing mor posts
     
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     In a smokehouse, the walls are vertical and don't heat up as much as you'd think.  I used plywood on mine and have had no problems with it.
     








     
  11. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Use ply or OBS with no worries. Your not going high temps.

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  12. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nepas, Do you have siding or some coating on the OSB board to protect it from the weather?
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good question, as the biggest problem with OSB is it's ability to absorb moisture & swell up.

    Bear
     
  14. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No just oil base weather paint. It was a spur of the moment build after doing research. Next time i will have T-1-11 and insulated inside. But his one seems to work good. I have backups anyways. HA
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Nepas, I bet you have more square feet in smokers than you do in your house.
     
  16. dnovotny

    dnovotny Smoke Blower

    got  a 3 gal air  compessor  from menards took the water connectors  to them and they  had  everything a needed to do the job,,

    watch  the psi . I use the water connector for the control of air and when i stuff my sausage  I can use  the other

    water connector to release the pressure when I'm  done stuffing or  want to stop -- it  works great.. fast and one man operation.
     
  17. I bought the dakotah water stuufer also, but I din't like the idea of a watery mess in my kitchen. I spent the extra bucks and went to my welding supply store, bought a CO2 cylinder and regulator, made up an adapter to go from the garden hose connecter on the stuffer to a 5/16 poly air line from the co-2 regulator and it works just great.

    No mess, no fuss and its all portable.
     
  18. dnovotny

    dnovotny Smoke Blower

    co2 good idea ,,alot quiter  than the air compresser,,,
     
  19. wont the pine plywood come off in the favored of the meat
     
  20. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No, you're burning wood in the smokehouse.  The small, delicate smell of any possible pine fragrance is totally blocked by the smell of burning hardwood and coats the walls, sealing them in.
     

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