A house for my smoker...

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by yardbird, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    OK, I've asked about smoker "shelters" before. It gets cold here for extended periods and I don't want to have the smoker under a tarp, or prop doors against it or whatever. So I'm building what will eventually look like an outhouse :)

    I had some leftover 2x4s and 1" thick Hemlock from building my wife's garden shed.

    This isn't done. I still have to do a proper roof and I'm going to get a couple big ground screws and anchor it down, but you get the idea. I also have to come up with a door. It's 40 inches wide and 27 inches deep on the inside. We're planning to put a small addition on the patio in front of the smoker. About a 7x7 area for grills and smoker and stuff. And to the right of the smoker will be a counter space. The big pan on the floor is an oil drip pan from an auto parts store. I bought it for $15 and also bought 1 pressure treated 4x4 to make the skids. Everything else I had so this cost around $25 so far. :)

  2. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    Oh and while I was building this today, I have ribs on the smoker and it was like torture.... hehehe
  3. Your smoker shelter i just what I am thinking of doing. How is yours working out. How much room from the smoker to the walls. I am afraid of the smoker getting to hot and burning the wood. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  4. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    well, it's about 10 degrees out there right now so I'm not in a hurry to run out to measure :) but I'd say the smoker has about 8 inches or so of airspace around it on sides and back and mosre like a foot or so at the top. I've run my smoker for a few hours as hot as I can get it (so somewhere in the 350-375 degree range) and the wood shelter is barely even warm. In the photos you see I've got the smoker sitting completely on a metal pan. The pan was about $5 at a local auto parts store. Sold as a drip pan. Pretty sure that one is 24x36. The fire is at the bottom so I figured this would give me a little added safety. It also catches any grease dripping and running down the legs and makes any cleanup really easy. 

    I'll be going out later to cook a ham in it and will try to remember to refine the measurements here. :)
  5. Very nice build. That should help a lot with the wind.

    Happy smoken.

  6. smoke signal

    smoke signal Fire Starter

    That's great! It was 15deg. and snowing when I fired up the smoker this morning. Just had to cover mine in a cardboard "shelter" and wondered if there was a better way of protecting it from the elements. I will definitely be building a similar contraption! Thanks for the great idea Yard!
  7. smoke signal

    smoke signal Fire Starter

    Took me 8 months to get to it but here's what I came up with from my scrap pile. In hind site I wouldn't have sloped it forward.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2014
  8. domerskee

    domerskee Smoke Blower

    Nice work on both. This may just be the answer that keeps me easily smoking through a northern Indiana winter.
  9. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice , you'll enjoy it through the Winter.

    I'm planning a Smoking area in the form of a add-on to my Garage . (I hope it comes through ) .

    Have fun and . . .
  10. Looks nice. I plan on a gazebo in the future,

    Happy smoken.


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