My Smokehouse

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by smoksignlr, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I still have quite a bit of work to do.
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  2. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I call this the engine room. I have a damper on the pipe that goes into the smokechamber. The day I lit this fire it was 18 below freezing.
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  3. ranger72

    ranger72 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Hi There smoksignlr!

    Welcome to the boards!

    Nice job on the Lakers in your previous thread! Brining is always a good idea in my opinion.

    Since you have a nice big smokehouse perhaps you would like to help me out with this Leetle Feesh! :lol:


    Again, Welcome to the boards!

    ranger72 8) Made In Maine Mako Hunter
     
  4. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gary, I moved this topic over from the Fish thread. Nice set up you have, Could you give us the 25 cent photo tour and explain your layout?
     
  5. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    For sure Dutchl. However I have to head out right now but I will have it up by tonight. That's a cool pic of the shark. Gary
     
  6. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ranger-When I saw that shark hanging there the Theme for "Jaws" started going through my mind :shock: !

    Q? Where were you when you first saw "Jaws"?
    I was in Basic Training in Ft. Jackson, SC. Our Drill Sgt. formed us up and marched us down to the Post Theater.
     
  7. ranger72

    ranger72 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Hi There Earl!

    When the movie came out in 1975 I was fishing for sharks in the Atlantic Ocean in the areas located between Montauk Point, Long Island,New York and Block Island, Rhode Island :D

    You Know Earl, I knew there was something about you that I liked beyond you just being a regularly good guy here around the boards :lol:

    I also did BCT at Fort Jackson but it was some years before you and I remember just getting to the reception center at Jackson and the drill sergeants were making comments like JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU @#%**#@
    MAGGOTS GET UP TO TANK HILL!
    :lol:

    At the time I had no idea what they were getting at but about 5 days later it was up to TANK HILL for me and I very quickly began to understand! :( :( :cry: :cry:

    But Lets not Hijack smoksignlr's Thread with this crap! I will PM you with the sordid details!

    ranger72 :twisted: "Rangers Lead The Way!"
     
  8. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    25 cent tour or actually with the exchange rate is probably closer to 20 cents. That is a six inch stove pipe going into the smoke chamber. The 2 stacks on the left are two jack posts for ventilation to flames. Stack temperature going into smokehouse has hit 800 degrees fahrenheit. I have a damper on the pipe goin into the smoke chamber to control the temperature. I can also take the cap off at the short pipe on the right that stops the smoke from entering the chamber. This allows me to go into the smokechamber without burning my eyes with smoke.
     
  9. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    25 cent tour or actually with the exchange rate is probably closer to 20 cents. That is a six inch stove pipe going into the smoke chamber. The 2 stacks on the left are two jack posts for ventilation to flames. Stack temperature going into smokehouse has hit 800 degrees fahrenheit. I have a damper on the pipe goin into the smoke chamber to control the temperature. I can also take the cap off at the short pipe on the right that stops the smoke from entering the chamber. This allows me to go into the smokechamber without burning my eyes with smoke.
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  10. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    This is the smoke chamber door it is solid mohogany. If you can see I do have a concrete ceiling on it. This is taken from just inside the door.
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  11. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    This is how I tell the temperature in the smoke chamber. I think this thermometer reads a little cool but generally it serves the purpose.
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  12. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    This is ths smoke chamber. At the back you can see a 3 inch exhaust that is close to the floor. Just out of sight above there is a six inch stove pipe that creates a draft and acts as the main exhaust. Pardon the mess on the baffle. The baffle is covering the six inch pipe that comes from the fire chamber. The reason I put that there was to distribute the heat and smoke evenly. Right now I have it working pretty good. I tapconed angle iron onto the blockwall to hang the sticks or racks on.
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  13. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very impressive!

    I would guess that it is not the most portable unit but then who cares.

    I have always wanted to have one like this, who easy is it to keep a constant temp?
     
  14. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Hi Cheech. It has taken some practice but it is actually quite easy to keep the temperature constant. The only problem I might have is shooting the temperature up to or over 250. I like to do that just to finish somethings up. You know what is amazing to me is that 2 weeks ago I smoked on a Sunday and when I went to empty the coals out on the following Thursday there was still a good bed of coals in it. I was surprised to see coals. Eventually I am going to raise the door where the wood is put in. I will then bury the whole thing this will save alot of heat loss. Another long shot thought I have is to move a small building beside it get some rocks or steel balls and have a suana down there as I smoke, Right now though that's just a thought.
     
  15. ranger72

    ranger72 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    smoksgnlr

    Very nice job and an ambitious project I might add! :D

    I see one set of angle irons for your rack support but the pic is a little dark; Are there more at different levels off the floor?

    How many different items have you smoked in there simultaeneously?

    And how much wood do you use in one session of smoking and how long does it take for your smokehouse to get up to temperature?

    Is this simply a hobby or are you smoking meats commercially for others?

    Love the Idea of the Sauna!

    Thanks for posting all the pictures and explanations!


    ranger72
     
  16. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Thanks ranger72. It's nice to have your efforts recognized most people wonder why we put so much effort into preparing food. I have attached a picture of some pork hocks, ribs and venison sausage. This was the second time I fired up the smokehouse. Everything turned out quite good. If you look at the picture titled the engine room I usually don't have to fill it up twice. I sometimes have to throw some small dry hardwood in there if I want to shoot the temp up but the temperature remains fairly constant. As of right now I am not selling commercially but I hope to get the word out and eventually make my operation more in lines with health regulations. I have 3 levels of angle iron.
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  17. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    This is some venison pepperettes that I did for some hunters. This is the most I've had in the smoker at one time.
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  18. ranger72

    ranger72 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    HolySmokes! smoksgnlr!

    You ain't screwin around! :lol: 8)

    That is a tremendous collection of meats and I understand about the Health regulations but I think you are well on your way to becoming a well sought after Smoker of Meats and I think you have chosen the perfect online handle for yourself in smoksgnlr! 8)

    Ha! Ha! Ha! I think anytime you make up mops its going to have to be by the gallon or by 2.75 Liter amounts :lol:

    Great Job Man!

    ranger72
     
  19. smoksignlr

    smoksignlr Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Thanks again ranger72. Is that U.S. gallons CND. gallons or litres with all these conversions no wonder I'm half bonkers. Keep ya posted Smoksignlr
     
  20. dacdots

    dacdots Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Smokes your jammin,I hope to build a smokehouse this spring.I need more room than my old fridge smoker.Have you done hams and bacons.I make lots of sausages and like to do hams and bacons in the late fall.My Dad,Charlie, really first got me started,he would tell me bout his old smokehouse he had in the 40's and how he would smoke for lots of neighbors.I think one of the things I like most bout this is carrying on his traditions.
     

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