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masonman1345

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I got a smooth galvinized small meter shed. It measures 3'w x 2'D x 41/2' T. My question is will it hurt that it is galvenize for smoking. My temp should never get over 150degrees.
 

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Google up galvanized for cooking/smoking.

 I did a few weeks ago.

A few more issues other than getting it hot.

  Craig
 
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masonman1345

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News not looking good, since i alreay converted it. I was unaware it was galvanize. I'm still not sure it is but was told so. What if i lined the inside of it with non treated plywood? would that possibly make it safe?
 

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News not looking good, since i alreay converted it. I was unaware it was galvanize. I'm still not sure it is but was told so. What if i lined the inside of it with non treated plywood? would that possibly make it safe?


 I'd go with something besides plywood.. I'd avoid the glues used in plywood. If you go with a wood I'd use a solid wood... but again that's just me.
 

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Is there ayway to make the smokehouse safe too use? Plywwood on the inside? Tin or something? Any ideas please or im taking it to the dump. Thank you.
 

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There are several members who have made plywood smoke shacks so I don't know why you couldn't use plywood. Definitely wouldn't go with particle board but plywood obviously works as many on here use it. I'm not sure if a certain kind is better than another or what but hopefully one of those guys will chime in on this post. The only down fall is it is wood so the chance of a fire is always there.
 

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There are several members who have made plywood smoke shacks so I don't know why you couldn't use plywood. Definitely wouldn't go with particle board but plywood obviously works as many on here use it. I'm not sure if a certain kind is better than another or what but hopefully one of those guys will chime in on this post. The only down fall is it is wood so the chance of a fire is always there.


I built a plywood smokehouse and have been very satisfied with it.  But, like all things, you need to take necessary precautions.  Allow room to hang the meat away from the walls.  Design and implement a method of catching all the drippings, both before and during the smoking process, and how to dispose of them too.  Never let drippings contact open flame or get near them.  Keep the burner or heat source insulated from wooden walls, provide baffles.

I used plain old CDX surfaced 1 side plywood, .... cheap.  I think 5/8" and 7/8" for the doors.  It was bowed quite a bit as flat panels but pulled together when i constructed the box, by about 3" or so.  As far as glues go, a couple test runs of the burner provided enough smoke to drive out any fumes if there was any to begin with; the draft worked fine and went from lower front to upper back, enveloping the meat with smoke as it exited and never noticed any chemical odors at all.  

I check the floor before any and every smoke to make sure there is no old wood chunks or debris on the cinder blocks that could catch on fire.  I line the aluminum pans with foil and don't disturb them until long after the smoke has finished to prevent accidental spilling of grease.  Any spillage gets sprayed down with grease cutter and clorox diluted spray to clean and disinfect the area.  I take every precaution possible.
 

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