Another Homemade Smokehouse (with a twist)

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by geerock, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    After lots of reading and picking up ideas from the forum I decided to build my own smokehouse and add a couple of ideas of my own.  The above photo shows the basic box design (34" x 34" x 6' high).  Paver lined bottom with a slope shed roof.  Exhaust vent on top is simply an old AC register with thumbwheel adjustment.  I am simply using whatever is laying around from old projects or jobs. 


    The above shows a rack system for hanging meats and sausage.  Using the front the back design for easy loading and unloading.


    Here is a pic of the doors attached.  Note that I have installed for easy access to the firebox which is simply an old charcoal grill and the other for access to the meat racks.  Also, you can see on the side the access holes for the temp and meat probes and one of the twists I spoke about.  That red gadget with an air tube leading to the bottom is a Pitmaster IQ 110 that I will be using for venting and temp control.  Also note the large dial therm on the door....5" for my old eyes to see.


    Here's a pic of the connection from the Pitmaster hose to the charcoal tray using iron pipe and coupler.  The rest of this smoker is going to be fairly tight so that all (or most) air is thru the IQ 110.


    You can see the high temp gasket material that will help keep unwanted air out...... and heat in.


    The smoker racks are courtesy of a friend at the local steel supply.  He had enough scrap of 3/4  9 expanded in the right size to supply me with six pieces that would fit the smoker.  He cut them for me on the shear to the right size, but that leaves them with razor sharp edges.


    Above we are using some old 1 by that I cut to 2" width to surround the 3 sharp sides and so the racks would slide nice and easy off the smoker rails on the sides of the box.


    Here's another little twist I thought would come in handy.  This is solid plate steel that I can use as a divider to reduce the size of the smoker area to be heated in case I am using only one or two racks, which is most of the time.  I will install a smoke vent on the back at a lower level so that I can vent when I use the divider.  This piece was surrounded by wood on all sides and gasket material attached so that when the door is closed and this is in place, heat cannot escape into the upper areas of the smokehouse.


    Four racks in place and some rails installed just above the charcoal pan to hold water pans, drip catchers, AmazeN Pellet Box and heat deflector.


    Some stain left over from somewhere puts on the finishing touch and weather protectant.  Getting ready to give it a test smoke any day now and, as long as temp control works, my first try at some Q View.  Thanks to all for all the great ideas and Happy Smokin'.

    PS    Damn, I thought I'd never figure out how to post these pics.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012
  2. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    [​IMG]    Congratulations on  a great build.    I'm looking forward to  Smoke Views that will be coming from your Smoker!
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012
  3. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Nice job! I really like it.
  4. rosiepug

    rosiepug Fire Starter

    Great job!!!!
  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I like it also...Nice job...
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good looking smokehouse.  
  7. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Good job! I need to build one.
  8. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great job on smoke house.
  9. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

  10. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Heh, thats a nice job, just the right size too.!
  11. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like it!
  12. nepas

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


    I do to like it
  13. great job! your build seems pretty straight forward and can't wait to see how it performs!
  14. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Nice job! I like the idea of being able to cut off the top half for smaller smokes. [​IMG]
  15. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks everyone!  I got her on a test run as we speak (type).  Couldn't be happier.  Used about two and a half chimneys of Royal Oak Natural Charcoal (unlit) in the pan and mixed in a few wood chunks for smoke.  Then I lit up 1 chimney and put it over the top of the unlit (Minion Method) to get her going.  The Pitmaster kicked right in and the temp started to shoot up pretty quick.  I am also monitoring temp with a Maverick digital.  It took about a half hour to get to the 220 mark and then she dropped a cuouple of degrees before the fan kicked in again.  I've adjusted the exhaust vent on top and she has stayed within about 5 or 6 degrees below the set temp for 3 hours now with it getting only 2 or 3 above before it settles back down. No peeking, no adjustments, nothing but sweet smoke smell.  All I need to do now is to see how long that batch of charcoal will last and I will get a pretty good idea of how much to use for how long I need to smoke.  Just looked at the temp again and it is at 221.  I doesn't get much better that this for steady temps.  I'll keep you posted, but so far she couldn't get much better. 
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  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's a great build. I'm glad it's working so well too. Looking forward to seeing you smoke something in it!
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
  17. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great!
  18. Nice job man
  19. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  Very nice smoke house. Can't wait too see it in action
  20. Great job! Looks professionally built. I need some Q-view :grilling_smilie:

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