I have been smoking meat with my smoke hollow for a little over a year now. I have finally found myself a place outside of town where I can really start to get into smoking. I really want to build a hot/cold smokehouse. I process and make all of my own venison, bacon, and sausage. When I am doing it now I have to pretty much stay up the entire weekend to get it all done due to the lack of room in my current smoker.
I work at a metal fabricating company where my dad is part owner. I have an endless supply of steel tubing and sheet steel. Tubing ranges from 3/8" to 3" square anywhere from 18ga to 7ga. Sheet steel we have 22ga up to 1/2". Most sheet sizes are 60"x120" but i can easily cut to whatever design I want on our three lasers.
I dont want this to be a complex build. I would like the frame to be made out of wood and do any of the lining and racks with the steel I have access to. I have been searching the forums for a couple weeks and just haven't found what I have been looking for. Or it could be I don't know enough to know what I am looking for. So this is what I am looking for:
I need a smokehouse that can hot and cold smoke.
I would like the heat source to be a firebox somewhere outside of the smokehouse.
I would like to only need to have one heat source for both hot and cold smoking. I am not sure if this is possible or not. If not then I would like the heat source for hot smoking and I could get a cold smoking unit for when I need that.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. The more I look into this the more confused I get and I don't want to waste money on trial and error. At least not that much money.
Thanks for the help in advance.