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Pine / pine ply for smokehouse?


Fire Starter
Joined Nov 23, 2020
So what’s the real deal? I have looked at lots of threads. Seems most of the advice is against pine and pine ply for smoke houses, but also seems some of the most popular(and fine) house threads are pine and pine ply.

So . . . ? Cold smoke only? OK for hot smoke too? Still best not to?

I have always intended to build a smoke house when I have a lull in chores and the pines are so affordable comparatively. Had always assumed it would be OK for cold smoke but maybe questionable for hot smoking. I’d want it mostly for cold smoking, but would be handy to use sometimes for hot as well.

On a different but related note, what’s the most cost efficient way to by hardwood for a smoker build?




Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 4, 2012
I guess it would depend on the type of pine. If its a more stable type of pine and not very pitchy you shouldn't have any problems. If you only plan on cold smoking there really is no issue. If you hot smoke you'd be fine again if there isn't a lot pitch or resin in the wood.

Give it a try. Make the pine easy to remove in case you need to go a different route. A friend built a log cabin style smoker out of pine logs here and never had an issue.

In my neck of the woods I've never seen pine plywood. All of the construction grade plywood is made with fir of some sorts.

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