Let me start by saying that when it comes to building, constructing, fixing things, etc. I am completely useless. I can barely change a lightbulb. Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration. I have done minimal wood work in my day. But I have absolutely no building skills, electric sklls, masonry etc. But in steps my friend Bob...a talented wood worker and masonry guy who can do electric, build or fix just about anything. We were tossing around the idea of building a smokehouse in my yard and since Bob can't resist a good project, he is in! Now I am a man of many smokers, but all smaller home use kinds. I would like something fairly large, (maybe closet size) to do large batches of smoked sausages, bacon, ham, cheese, nuts, and whole cuts of beef, pork, poultry, etc. So basically I want something that is all in one. Hot smoking, cold smoking, etc with a homemade feel to it. I have some basic questions that go along with this brainstorm we were having.
1) What material would be the safest, able to achieve varying temps, and the least expensive? Wood, wood with a concrete base, brick?
2) Have you all had success using either a pellet tube or tray in the bottom of the smoker for both hot and cold smoking?
3) If I go with the propane burner as a heat source as I see many people do, how hot will a chamber this size be able to get?
If these are dumb questions I apologize. Like I said...I havent build much in my life haha