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Hey everyone new to using a smokehouse need some advise!

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone just built my new smoke house about 2 weeks ago I can get it up to 150 degrees with no issue but it seems to be stuck on that point is there any suggestions on what I could do to get higher Temps through it? I have a duck work fan on the end of the intake pipe as well as a damper to control the airl flow. I also have a damper on the heat pipe and the exhaust pipe to control as well. I don't know if I'm not using enough charcoal or add another heat pipe or what! I have had it over 200 degrees using more forced air into the fire box by running a leaf blower on idle but that seems to excessive haha. Any suggestions would be great thanks in advance!
post #2 of 12

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

post #3 of 12
I have only built one smoker so I am no expert but I see what could be a few issues.
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.
post #4 of 12
That's a large, solid box that's going to require some BTU's to maintain temp. For hot smokes you may need to place your heat source directly in the smokehouse.

How low can you get the smoker? Below 100?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for everyone's input! Dirtsailor2003 I can hold under 100 pretty easily the first time i ran it i had it at 50 for 3 hour and then i bumped it up to get more temps. Do you guys think maybe putting another 4 inch heat pipe would help out cause that's what is on it so I would have two pipes coming in?
post #6 of 12

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.

post #7 of 12
So your fire box, where is the air intake? How big is it?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

So your fire box, where is the air intake? How big is it?
His last picture looks like a 4" duct with a fan for the intake.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by hamrhead1971 View Post

His last picture looks like a 4" duct with a fan for the intake.

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.
post #10 of 12

Have you looked at these threads:

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/130460/cedar-smokehouse-construction

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/126307/brick-smoker-compete-how-to

 

The first is similar to yours in theory. The second I only post because its masonry.

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
If I add another smoke stack or a bigger one wouldn't that cause it to lose more heat? Sry I havnt ever used one of these before haha!
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by ebone25 View Post

If I add another smoke stack or a bigger one wouldn't that cause it to lose more heat? Sry I havnt ever used one of these before haha!

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.
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