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Hey everyone new to using a smokehouse need some advise!
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it could be a number of factors but just at a quick glance i think your pipe going into the smoker should be at more of an upward angle,you can also try putting in another stack on top to make more of draft,just my thoughts,i'm sure some of the more experienced people will help you more. good luck
1) It looks like your firebox may be too small for the size of your smokehouse.
2) The pipe between the firebox and smokehouse is definitely too small.
3) Exhaust is too small.
Like I said, I am not the resident expert. Just my thoughts. To get your temps up with your current set up, you will have to force air thru like you did with the leaf blower. That will get the temps up but will sacrifice the smoke flavor.
Hopefully some others will chime in and help you get it straight.
On a side note, that is one good looking smokehouse.
How low can you get the smoker? Below 100?
i would give it shot i don't think you have anything to lose,i don't know if you can insulate your fire drum anyway,your probably losing quite a bit he of heat there,you might think about a bigger"diameter" smoke stack or adding another one if your first plan doesn't help.
Hmmm, I assumed that was the pipe going to the smoke house. If that's the case. I'd dig that end out. Put the fire box door in the end of the drum. Cover the top of the drum with several feet of dirt. Put an adjustable air intake on the door.
That may help a bit, but I really thing the main culprit is the size of the smoker in relation to the FB. Also the masonry needs to absorb a ton of heat before the smoke chamber will start to retain heat.
Have you looked at these threads:
The first is similar to yours in theory. The second I only post because its masonry.
Yes it probably would. I think your main problem is on the front end. You're trying to hear a massive smokehouse with a small fire box.
For cold smokes you're fine. For hot smokes you're gonna need a heat source in the smoke chamber, or start over with the fire box and pipe.
Looking at the pictures you're fire box is going to lose a ton of heat out the top. The pipe going in is probably to small. Having a door on top is not good, because every time you add fuel you are loosing all the heat.
If it was my smoker I'd dig out one end of the fire box, put a door in it with a good adjustable air intake and cover the top of the firebox and pipe with a good 2-3' of earth. Pipe probably needs another 6"-8" of rise into the smoker.
As I mentioned before, the masonry is going to eat a ton of fuel to get to the point that the smoker will hold temps. So plan to burn a bunch of preheating wood, or run a propane burner in the smoke chamber to preheat.