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building an outhouse style smokehouse.

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Hey guys and gals, I am drawing up plans to build a smokehouse about 3'x3'x6'. I'm curious what everyone has used for grill grates on the inside of their own setups. Did u go to a fabricator, buy somewhere, innovate something? I'm thinking I might have to find the grates first then build the smokehouse around it.
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Hey guys and gals, I am drawing up plans to build a smokehouse about 3'x3'x6'. I'm curious what everyone has used for grill grates on the inside of their own setups. Did u go to a fabricator, buy somewhere, innovate something? I'm thinking I might have to find the grates first then build the smokehouse around it.

In the upper left hand ....Search.... type in Smokehouse.There is many smokehouse builds with pics you will get many ideas.On my smoker build I am doing now my grates are 1in square tube frame with 3/4 expanded metal for the grates.I will have my grates finished tomorrow and post pics on my build.You are welcome to check it out

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/163479/time-to-build-me-a-smoker

 

 

Dan

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There was a guy here the other day that went to Lowes and got the Chrome plated wire shelving they sell in 12", 16" and 24" depth and up to 12ft long, you can then cut it down to whatever size you need for shelving. It seemed to work well for him, and was an easy to find solution.

 

You can find expanded metal at most farm supply stores in 4x4 panel sizes.

 

I built mine from wooden frames with metal grill toppers sitting on top of the frames, but my smoke chamber is 22" wide and 16" deep, a bit smaller than what you have planned. I just wrapped the wooden frame with foil to keep the fluids from soaking in. Easy to change out and replace as necessary.

 

A lot depends on your temps you plan on cooking at. Mine max out around 250 degrees so I have more flexibility than some of the guys that crank it up to over 300 degrees.

 

You can also locate some old oven racks from a salvage yard.

 

There are tons of options, some guys even don't use racks, and get stockingettes and just hang all of their food in the smoker, you can even make a hanging basket style container with a grill top wok (the one with holes in it) some stainless chain and a hook on a rod at the top of the chamber.

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Having a larger vertical smoker, you have more options available to you than just the standard metal racks. Step back, get creative and see what you think will work for you.

 

Remember, racks are something you can change as you see what works, while other parts of this type of smoker are more set in stone as your build progresses.

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I want this build to be as simple as possible. And I think I might have to adjust the dimensions to fit around what I find. Is wood ok to use for racks? Like build my own? That seems too complicated and too much work. Help me people!
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Can I use wire shelving racks? As long as there is no coating on them?
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