I'm a keen hunter and have quite a supply of meat in my freezer. Was thinking I should make jerky and the mrs was about to head out and buy a food dehydrator. Then I found out about smokehouses, so that night, I started making one (last night). Took me about 3 hours so far, im about t 90% finished, but I ran out of timber.
I have a few questions.
1. I have space for insulation in the side and rear cavities, I also have some spare cermaic fibre blanket from my furnace build that I was going to use. How important is insulation, Australia doesnt get too cold unlike some of the states in USA, so I'm unsure if i need it. Should I insulate, and how effective is this insulation really.
2. Is it ok to use a two burner electric cooktop, one for generating smoke, one for controlling heat. I cant see how that would generate enough heat to cook the meat to temp. I'm amazed that some of your smokehouses get up quite hot, I cant imagine this working! maybe i just lack imagination.
3. I have a small gap between the door (where the hinges are) and the frame. Should I seal this up.
This was a design flaw that happened as I didn't fully think out my door mount. I naturally have some gaps as I am using tongue and groove boards, and its not completely air tight anyway, but this main gap (about 2mm wide the entire length of teh door) is quite large.
Thats all I have to ask, here are the pics. Hope you like it.