Housing a smoker in a shed?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pellet, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Has anyone put their smoker in a building like a garden shed and vented it to the outside for the reason of getting out of the weather rain, snow or just cold? Seems like it would make a nice little man cave with beer, Smoke and protection from the elements! I dont see why it wouldnt work except the smoker would have to be tight so no smoke invades the area outside the smokerw within the shed. Any input? My thoughts are to have my LP smoker as well as my wood smoker in it.
  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Go for it...
  3. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    I keep my electric on a bench in the garage next to a window with an exhaust fan in it. I don't know if I would take the leap of putting a gas or wood in an enclosure unless it was all metal construction.

  4. handymanstan

    handymanstan Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I use a electric in my green house.  Its 32 outside and 65 in the GH right now. By 2:00 if the sun stays out it will get to 110.
  5. I have all my smokers on a partially enclosed porch. Depending how big the shed is I would go for it n exhaust fan is helpful.
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    When it's really nasty out I just put mine in my garage and crack the garage door and open the back walk out door and create a draft to take the smoke out. Now that I moved to a new house with a finished garage I'm not sure what I am going  to do.
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Garden shed ??  With a TV and a poker table .... [​IMG]  ...
  8. tennsmoker

    tennsmoker Smoking Fanatic

    Here's a pic of a smoker in a shed from this forum

  9. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go for it....

    Just make sure you have an air gap between your smoker and the wall.
    Plenty of ventilation for smoke to exit. If your smoker has a stack you could attatch some dryer vent tube to it to vent outside. Doing this can effect your airflow, so keep an eye on it.
    Fire extinguisher, for just in case....
    For the wood burner maybe some of the concrete board between it and the walls. Extra heat protection...

    But I would deffinately give it a shot after doing what I could to make it safe.
  10. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I always have mine just inside the garage door....a little inside and a little outside.....hasn't caused any problems...have a fan going to scoot the smoke to the outside.  It works for me.  Only one time did a huge thunderstorm make me bring it totally inside.
  11. garand555

    garand555 Smoke Blower

    Depending on the smoker, you might even want to go to some double walled pipe if it is in an area where the tubing could get cool enough to screw with the airflow.

    FYI, my smoker is under my gazebo. It's protected from rain and the gazebo is in a spot that doesn't catch very much wind.
  12. I built a smoker from an old fridge and have it in my shed. I vent it through the roof. Its nice to be in out of the rain and snow.
  13. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I have a big concrete (unattached) garage and I use my grill and smoker out there in bad weather.....it's not exactly a man cave ( in fact , it's more like a plain old cave , ) but it keeps the rain off. ;-)
  14. Had the smoker in the garage last year and cracked the door open but the smell of the smoke still stayed in the shop for a month or so and got kind of stale. Finally got it aired out in the spring. Thats why I would like to put it in a seperate building. I use my shop for woodworking so I spend considerable time in it with a garden shed I can air it out when not in use.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012
  15. missed-em

    missed-em Smoke Blower

    Ran my MES just inside the door of my metal garden shed, doors open just enough to get into the smoker.  Worked fine, but havn't used it for my UDS, built a 30"X30" wind screen/cover for it and it backs up to the shed.  All kinds of workable options - give it a try!
  16. I have not done what you are asking, but I am about half way done with building an inclsed shed for my smoker. I plan to position the smoker right next to an outside wall, and just above the smoker I am going to install a through the wall exhaust fan that pulls 400 cubic feet of air per minuet ( I think)

    If the fan doesn't pull the smoke out good enough, I have a plan "B" to make like a restraunt exhaust hood right above the smoker, (not attactched) to help in the movement of the air to carry the smoke to the outside.

    On the flip side, this room is going to be 10 ft. X 16 ft. and my plan is to insulate the walls and cieling and have hot & cold running water, counter tops space refridgerator and be able to do all my meat prep and smoking in this room. Is it my man cave, You bet.

  17. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I must say I am a bit jealous of your plans....
  18. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That sounds great Rich....   Post pics for us to drool over.....  You gonna have the only key ??  [​IMG]

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