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Smoker build

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by Lefty15, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Lefty15

    Lefty15 Newbie

    Good morning everyone, i am a new member as of this morning. I am going to be building myself a smoker for at home to smoke sausage and do large batches of jerky. I plan on building a 36" x 48" x 72" high I am going to use 1 x 1 x .100w and make a steel frame and then sheet with plywood and insulate.
    My question for you guys is do i need to cover the inside with anything or can i just leave the wood exposed? If i need to cover can i use carbon steel or do I need to go with aluminum or stainless?
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Natural wood with a good coating of smoke works very well...
     
  3. Lefty15

    Lefty15 Newbie

    Hey thanks for the input much appreciated. I am brand new at the whole smoking thing and have never built a smoker so i just want to make sure i do it right the first time.
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are choosing propane as a heat source, look for a burner that has "Flame out" protection..
     
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  5. Lefty15

    Lefty15 Newbie

    I was going to use propane heat and use 3/8" plywood on the outside and inside and then insulate with 1" insulation. I plan to tin the outside and roof as well.
     
  6. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Your choice of Plywood brings to mind outgassing of the glues and woods. May be a non-issue though.
    Other than that, sounds good.

    And Dave's Flame Out protection is a great suggestion.

    Welcome to Smoking Meat Forums!
     
  7. Lefty15

    Lefty15 Newbie

    should i be putting something on the inside as well? Like aluminum or carbon steel?
     
  8. Hardi board.....
     
  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lefty, afternoon... Many members just leave the plywood exposed.. After several hours of "break in" smoking, all off gassing is done... Plywood is fairly much non flammable as it won't support combustion worth a darn.. Smokehouses for centuries were built of wood... albeit, planks are fairly flammable, the smokehouses still worked well.. Remember, it takes 2 pieces of wood to build a fire.. a single layer of plywood won't support a fire...