smoke house questions

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by fishingsetx, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    In the design phase. Right now I'm considering a 32"x32"x60" smokehouse. This will mainly be used for sausage, jerky, and if possible brisket, chicken, and such. I was looking at placing a propane cooker in the bottom (2 layers of cinder blocks with a poured concrete pad). Cast iron skillet/pot on top for smoke wood. I'd like to be able to maintain temps from 100-225. This will be built out of untreated pine. One of my big concerns is too much heat buildup. Another is propane usage.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Hello.  I have not built a smoke house.  Below is a good link to get some info.  I would say if using pine you may want to think about lining it.  Pine tar is not good for smoked foods.  Hopefully a more experienced member will be along shortly and provide more reliable help.  In the mean time have a read.  Keep Smokin!

    Danny

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/88853/found-a-burner-for-smokehouse
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have friends that have a smoker very similar to what you are wanting. Cinder block base, 3 courses. 6' x 3' x 3' wood box on top of that. Propane cooker burner that is hard plumbed on the interior. They smoke cold, and hot, temps above 400.

    One thing to consider if you plan on using store bought racks make sure you get your racks and then build your smoker around the rack size. If you plan on graning your own then build whatever you want.
     
  4. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Racks aren't a problem. I plan on building all that kind of stuff out of stainless. We have lots of scrapb at work.
     
  5. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    I'll be piping the burner with stainless tubing as well.
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Still up in the air on the build. I already have this:


    Which would you prefer to use for jerky, sausage, etc?
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A smokehouse for jerky, sausage, and fish.
     
  9. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Foundation going in

     
  10. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    My wife suprised me by suggesting I should build this up close to the house and in view of the road right off the driveway!! I'm just stacking the cinder blocks and building the house light in case she changes her mind! As it sits now, I won't even have to step out into the grass to use it! I had planned in putting it out in the back of the back yard! Now my wireless temp probe (maverick 733) will reach most of the house!
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015
  11. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    I plan on building a stainless damper to go over the cinderblock opening facing you in the pic for air flow adjustment to the propane burner and placing another adjustable vent/stack near the top of the smokehouse. I also plan on eventually modifying a water heater controller to run and maintain the temp in the smokehouse as well as provide a safety valve. Either that or turn it into an electric and build a controller that way. Still haven't decided yet. First I gotta get the building built!
     
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Now that's a great wife! Looks like you are off to a great start!
     
  13. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    End of day 1! Using untreated pine 2x2's for the frame and 8' cedar fence pickets for the siding. Got the base done and back wall built!

     
  14. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Got started on the front!
     
  15. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Got a little more done between getting called out and watchug the game! I still need to modify the stand on the cooker to lower it down some but the front is on now! Hopefully I'll be able to finish this and fire it up this weekend!


     
  16. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Got some more done this eve. I don't have but an hour or maybe a little more in the evenings and a 2.5 year old boy to chase so it'll be a slow build (wife is still at work)! Got the side walls framed and a few siding boards installed got some more cut out but ran out of daylight!

     
  17. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Oops! Duplicate!
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2015
  18. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Got the walls done and an extra brace on the roof. Tomorrow will be roofing and maybe starting the trim! Gotta get more wood! My helper wondering when we are going in! "Daddy, its dark! Time to go inside!"

     
  19. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Got a little more done today. Got the roof on and the door frame started:


    Still have to finish the door, Mount it and trim everything out. I plan to split the fence pickets down the middle leaving me with 2 3/4 x 5/8 cedar trim.

    One thing I didn't account for is the gaps where the siding stacks! I gotta figure out a way to seal the edges up to prevent heat/smoke loss. Silicone would be perfect but expensive! I wonder how heat resistant the expandable foam in a can (great stuff) is once cured? Anyone know? Anyone have any other ideas?
     
  20. fishingsetx

    fishingsetx Newbie

    Just looked it up! Expanding foam is out! Only good to 240!
     

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