Alright guys, and gals I could use a little help please. Just a little background. I live in Central Louisiana, where it's warm in the winter "compared to other states", and hot in the summer, with humidity that just doesn't ever seem to go away. I would say in the winter we average between 35-45 deg a day, closer to the 45deg mark, and in the summer its between 95-105 deg. I have been thinking about building a side firebox smoker, and probably still will eventually, but for now I would like to check into building a smoke house. I have been doing a little reading and seen where there is cold smoking and hot smoking. I have been looking at several builds on here, but cant seem to find answers to my questions, Im sure it has been asked several times already but I cant seem to find it. So any help would be greatly appreciated. I would like to build a smokehouse somewhere around 3'x3'x6'. If I need to change some measurements I can. I have seen where some folks put a burner of some sort in the bottom of the house "gas or electric", and some folks pipe in the smoke, and heat from an off set firebox of some type. Here is where I need some help please. I would like to build a smokehouse about the size mentioned above, but I would like to build a fire box out of some 20" pipe. I will try my best to describe how this will be set up, and hopefully you can tell me if it will work.
3x3x6 about 2' off the ground, lay a piece of 20" pipe on it side cap the ends of it then run a 6" piece of pipe into the bottom of the house. Im not for sure how long the 20" pipe would need to be to do this, and if I need to go bigger, or smaller than 6" I can do that as well. I figure the firebox will be around a foot or so away from the house, so I would pipe out of the end of the FB then 90 into the bottom of the smoke house. I will have a door on the end of the firebox with intake holes just like on a regular side firebox smoker build. I would like to heat the smoke house up to 225, or higher if needed. I'm sorry about being so long winded, but I do appreciate any help you can give. I'm just trying to get this figured out before I waste a lot of time and materials. Thanks