This is a subject found on all the forums but I never did find a answer for my questions.
There is so much to be considered when you consider housing your smoker.
First, I will limit the discussion to a wood burner. I will not be burning charcoal because of the potential for dangerous gases forming.
So the questions;
I had a 12 x 8 house built from Home Depot and built by Lawn Masters here in Birmingham, Al.
Thought about a DIY but at 80 years old, it's a big job for me.
By the time I bought material and wasted some by errors I probably came out as cheap and I got a good job
Floor joist on 12" centers and Wall are 2X4 on 16" center.
1. For safety I put Hardibacker board on the floor for the hearth and on the wall behind the firebox. Left about 1 inch open at bottom for air circulation.
2. Venting. taking a two prong approach. I called Ben Lang, the owner of Lang Smokers and talked to him about extending the smoke stack and what effect would that have on my smoker. Ben said it would actually improve the efficiency and burn less wood. I should mention that I have a Lang 36 original. It has always done a good job but I don't smoke much in severe weather. My plan is to be able to smoke all year round.
That takes care of the smoke stack but I still have to contend with the smoke that escapes when I open the door. I am planning to use a regular range hood hanging from chains over and slightly to the front of the door opening.
That is the smoker. Here is the house.
Smoker in the house.
Set in to check for fit.
Going to put more Hardi board in floor and finish covering the wall behind the smoker with it.
This still leaves me room for a full size refrigerator in the other end of room with sitting room for two or three in center of room.
I will post more pictures when I get the vent and hood installed.