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File Cabinet Smoker


Joined Aug 23, 2016
I thought I would try building a File Cabinet smoker. I would like to know do I need to remove the stock paint from the cabinet and if so what has been the easiest way of removing the paint. It is an old cabinet I bought from a garage sale. I plan on using a propane burner in the bottom to create the heat while placing my wood chips above it. Thanks for your help


Smoke Blower
Joined Mar 11, 2016
Defenitely remove the paint,its not good for u lol,get a good outdoor fire going and dismantle it,toss it in the fire:)of course in the dark of nite;)....burn it off then reasemble.Seen this done before,paint burnt off also.....works ok but no heat retention,just one hillbillys opinion ,good luck:)


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 4, 2012
Yes you'll want to burn the paint off inside and out, unless all you plan to do is cold smoke without any heat.

Once you have the paint burnt off you can paint the exterior with high temp leave the interior bare metal and spray with veggie oil and heat to set the oil.


Joined Jan 6, 2021
I would like to see the result, if it is possible ( I am thinking to do the same sh*t). It might be crazy to do this, lol, but it would really be practical. Removing the paint is a good advice, but I'm sure that other precautions should be done too. The more I am thinking about this, the more I think that it's a terrible idea, but I want to do it still. I will turn my lateral file cabinet into a smoker, why not? If I really do it, my wife will kill me, she is fed up with my garage projects and inventions, it would be a good idea to keep this one away from her...

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