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Starting the Smokehouse

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by shrekastac, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    I'll start off by saying ATCNick and his cedar smokehouse was my inspiration on this build. As stated before I am new to smoking and an amateur in regards to carpentry but just peeled it back layer by layer. Pictures to follow.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    The plot...hey it's a start.

    The first dig. I placed my cinder block foundation on the ground and measured a 1 foot buffer around the entire plot. Used fluorescent orange contractors paint to mark the outline.

    Once I had the plot dug out (approx. 3-4 inches) I went down to the local Stone Mart and purchased a ton of crusher run and laid it out evenly. Use a level to ensure this. I made the side in which the cook chamber will actually sit on higher than the side the SFB will be on to allow my 8 inch stove pipe to angle up into the CC.

    Once I laid the crusher run down I used a hand tamp to level it out. Just beat the heck out of it. I recommend bribing friends with beer or future smoked goods to help you with this step as it will take a lot out of you.

    Well baby is crying so more to follow later.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2013
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The gravel looks like it packs like concrete... that should be a good base..... From the looks of the Oak leaves, good smokin' wood is no problem....

  5. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am definitely in......
  6. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Haha yea although it may be tricky as the area behind there is owned by the school. A few trees may have to accidently come down haha. The base packs pretty tight. I live in Virginia near the water so the soil is very shallow, soft, and wet almost always so had I done it straight to soil it would have been leaning in no time. I am hoping to pick up some quikcrete and 24" rebar sections today and continue.
  7. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Alright rainy day here so not much going on. Doing a little bit of research for my SFB construction. Dave found a really awesome video illustrating the use of building an internal wooden frame to cover in refractory mixture and then once you have your shaped/cured box you can just burn out the frame and will have a solid one piece firebox. Reinforced with perelite and rebar mesh I think it should be alright...see any catastrophic drawbacks?

  8. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Alright got some good weather and laid the foundation. I added one more layer and also poured concrete in every other hole. That in addition to installing anchor bolts so I can remove the cook chamber is a must around these parts as I am in a hurricane zone
  9. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Ok we had some good weather and the wife's grandmother was watching the baby so I got done with the foundation.

    Finished the foundation 3 levels high and used Quickrete in every other hole. This is probably not necessary but in a hurricane zone it gives me peace of mind.

    Mixed up some Mortar and laid down some 4x8x16 solid block toppers just to get an even surface. Using enough mortar was key as it allowed to further get the level surface needed before constructing the CC.


    Finally had some extra mortar so I added more water to get the mortar to get really thin so I could use a coarse paint brush to paint on a thick layer of it around the entire base.

    Will hopefully get cracking on the cook chamber after Christmas.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking better..... :popcorn ....
  11. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Had some time to work on it so I framed it up. Used regular ole untreated whitewood 2'x4's and will coat with deck paint on outside. For the inside unfaced fiberglass insulation and durock. I layed a base of 2"x4"s and have 4 bolts running up so I can remove the whole cook chamber if need be. I used a .22 cal nail gun to fasten to the cinder blocks.

    Used T&G 1"x6" notched panelboard for the sides.

    3 Sides are up.

    If you look at the black areas those are my bolts so I can remove the cook chamber if need be. All 4 bolts I sprayed with some high temp grill paint. Rated up to 1200 degrees F.
  12. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Sorry about the delay everyone (or anyone whom is actually following this lol). Had some really crappy weather on top of my 11 week old daughter being admitted with a kidney infection. She's out of the hospital now doing fine so hopefully the weather cooperates.
  13. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad your daughter's OK ....Scary stuff....
  14. Glad your daughter is alright, that's the most important thing.

    Keep up the good work it is looking great.
  15. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You're looking good. Look forward to watching your progress. At this point, I'd say you  are in the process of becoming the proud owner of a fine functional smoke house. Thanks for the post.
  16. phrett

    phrett Smoke Blower

    Super project! That is where I'd like to go with a build!
  17. Glad to hear she is ok. Also glad I get to follow along
  18. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin good!  You know if it looks TOO good folks will ask ya to build their for 'em.... matter a fact........ LOL
  19. shrekastac

    shrekastac Smoke Blower

    Like I said before 95% of this was ideas off the internet. 5% from me being naturally OCD haha. Thanks everyone for the wishes for my daughter. Hopefully I can get out on MLK day and get to it.
  20. Been looking over this post. Hows it coming? Have you progressed anymore on it yet?