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Smokehouse construction question

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by masonman1345, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. I'am preparing to build my first smokehouse. I want it to be 4'w x 4'L x 8'H with a one foot roof slope. I was going to build it out of sheets of plywood with a tin roof. Question, What do i need to use for the inside walls that wont contaminate my food? Tin, Wood etc. Also i was wondering if it would be a good idea to insulate the walls to hold in the heat. Thank you for your help.
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Insulation is a good idea for temp stability.  Don't use anything galvanized in the burn or food chambers -- very toxic, esp when heated.  Ditto for treated lumber.  I would also be leery of glues in plywood products, so I guess that leaves wood planks, steel, or the like adjacent to the food.
  3. what about Hardie plank, It is formulated from cement. I have it on my home.
  4. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used plywood with no adverse effects at all.
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I built one last year and I lined mine with tin because the wood walls were make of particle board and I didn't want that mixing in with my food. Also mine is insulated like crazy and it  holds temp no matter if it is -30 or 100 degrees out.
  6. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My son and I built our from 16 gage black iron(Cheep). I have been very happy with the results from it........The next one is just going to be stainless so it will last longer. I think this one is about 3-4 years old and sits out in the weather year round. I has a fine scale on the outside due to me not painting it. This was a trial and error build to see how it would turn out before I built the one from stainless, which is coming soon. 
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2010
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My second smokehouse was lined with the cement/fiberglass board that is about  3/8' thick. I think it is used for shower stalls. Takes a long time to warm up. Thermal mass u-know. Condensation when first starts up. Pre-heating solves that. Pro's-not much chance of catching on fire. All that said, I will not build another smokehouse out of it.