Cedar smokehouse construction

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by atcnick, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Got a chance to work on it a little this week
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Really nice looking smoke house! What are your plans for supporting the long rafters? I assume the vertical supports there now are only temporary.
     
  3. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Haven't had much time to work on the smokehouse the past couple weeks. I did manage to put the chimney on. I think it will work, we'll see. The firebox door I ordered cam in too.

    I plan on sticking bolts through the mounting holes and mortoring them in between the firebrick and the outter bricks of the firebox.







    -Nick
     
  4. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Yea those are just temporary to keep the kids from putting too much weight on them. I will extend the roof over the smoke pipe and build a wood rack under it.


    -Nick
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nick, morning.... Smoke House is taking shape nicely.... that door is cool....   think about adding more eaves to the stack so the rain don't get into the smoker... and maybe some screen to keep the birds out too......    Hate to see bird droppings on the bacon.....  Dave
     
  6. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Oh man, you're right, didnt even think of the bird crap!  That would be bad!  I was planning on putting a larger one on to keep the rain out.  Thanks Dave.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    x2!

    That firebox door is real nice. Really enjoying your build! That is going to be one fine smokehouse when you get it completed!
     
  8. jetman

    jetman Smoke Blower

    Nick,

    Would you run out to the street and see if the house next door is for sale, I wanna be your neighbor [​IMG]

    Great smokehouse you have going there, nice work. Looking forward to seeing what tasty treats come from her!

    JetMan<<<
     
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  9. Looks really nice, can't wait to see the finished product with some goodies in it...
     
  10. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Actually it is for sale! Haha


    -Nick
     
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  11. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Got a chance to put some work into it.


    Side view
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Getting closer.......
     
  13. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    Door is on

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    -Nick
     
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks real good!
     
  15. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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  16. Awesome man! Yeah the wife loves all me stuff too(sarcasm) but never complains when it's time to eat =)! lol. Question though, I'm curious to what hardware you used to fasten your boards together. We're they nails or screws and of what material? I'm building a much simpler version with t&g pine and need to decide what I want to use. I know galvanized anything is no good near food so I'm guessing stainless or something? Thanks!
     
  17. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

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  19. atcnick

    atcnick Smoking Fanatic

    I had a half day yesterday with no kids, no wife and no work, so I got to working on the smokehouse again.   Managed to get a majority of the firebox complete.  Still have to do a little touch up work around the exit for the pipe.  Gotta seal up all the wholes around it.   Im no mason.  I have a new respect for those guys, its hard work and requires a real skill and finesse!

    Any idea how long I should wait to fire it up?  Should I keep the fire small for a while and gradually go up?  Any suggestions on breaking it in are appreciated.

    Thanks.
     






     
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  20. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nick, morning....  I would wait a week or two to let the mortar to cure.... then very small fires only....  bricks absorb water and heating too fast could cause a steam explosion breaking the bricks etc....    Start with a chimney of briquettes that is lit.... add more briquettes a little at a time and maybe a few small splits about 1" x 1" ...    The firebox is looking good....  Patience at this point will be rewarded.....    Dave
     
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