Building A New Smokehouse, pics and info

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by dirty don, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Holy Propane Batman !!

    Bringing in the heat... double propane tanks with automatic switchover valve.

  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    2-100 pound tanks?!?!  That's a LOTTA heat, for a LONG time!

    This has been a great build thus far!
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2016
  3. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Lol, I knew it was overkill and entirely over the top but I had them just sitting in the shop from a previous project.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    FYI if you have problems keeping the AMNPS going look into the AMNTS tube smokers from Todd. They do better in the propane smokers. I use mine in my propane smoker and they do good until you get above 285. Then the pellets quit smoldering and ignite.
  5. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Thanks for the information, I'm really not sure what to expect yet. I will be installing a 3" air vent in the door for fresh air. The AMNPS should benefit from sitting in front of the vent (I think).

    Im also worried what the safe operating temperature of the smoker will be. I've used the search bar and have read several threads on the subject but everyone seems to have a different answer. I have read anywhere from 190 degrees to 250 degrees. I just don't want this box to turn into the largest Roman candle that anyone has ever seen.
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Flame consumes smoke....  The smoke should be above the flame....
  7. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Thanks, I will make the necessary adjustments.
  8. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Worked on the lower door vent today.
    The vent will be regulated by a sliding piece of sheet metal.
    Time for some old school table saw work... channeling out the interior.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
  9. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    I needed a screen for the vent and decided to sacrifice the wifes file holder... I will get around to telling her, eventually.
    ...Considering it a necessity for the greater good. She may not agree.

    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
  10. I don't think that's going to be enough vent for the AMPS. I have a floor vent for mine and it is not enough. I had to build a fan for it.

    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
  11. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    That's interesting. I will play with it and possibly enlarge the openings. Thanks
  12. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Put a tray of pellets in for the first time today just to see how she would act.
    This picture was taken after a couple hours with both the top and bottom vents fully opened.
    I then shut both vents down completely, the only draft would have been from the roof opening. After 3 1/2 hours with the vents completely closed the tray looked like this. Hopefully she will be this consistant with the propane.

    Last edited: Jan 27, 2016
  13. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    With the test smoke out of the way it was time to start on the AMNPS holder.

  14. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Bending the support bracket and installation.
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  15. What a great job you have done DD !!! Can't wait to see some meat through it [​IMG]
  16. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Thanks, I can't wait!!

    The support bracket is the ugly duckling of the entire build. Not sure if I will leave it or come up with something else.

    I have a friend coming over Saturday and we will run all the black pipe for the propane. Should be able to put some heat in there after that.

    There is a pile of old oak 4x4's behind my shed. It might be time to start ripping them for smokehouse racks.

    Thanks to everyone for all the great ideas on this forum !!
  17. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Yes, I'm the kind of guy that hangs a no smoking sign on a custom built smoker
    gary s likes this.
  18. What a nice job, Looks great can't wait to see it full of meat   [​IMG]         [​IMG]

  19. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Getting down to the finish line, it's time to bring in the heat!

    We hard piped the smoker and added a side burner on the prep table.

  20. dirty don

    dirty don Fire Starter

    Finally started to rip down the rough sawn oak for rack material.


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