First timer Alaska smoker build

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by alaskajon, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. alaskajon

    alaskajon Newbie

    Hello there. I stumbled across this site researching some ideas for a smoker build. Inspiration was easy to find and I was getting very tired of using the little chief so it was easy to justify building one myself. Living in Alaska, we got lots of salmon, and that's about all the experience I have with smoking. Here is some pictures of the build.

    Started out with a 2"x4" frame.

    Added plywood to the outside of the frame and then decided to add 1/2" Durock in the hear chamber. Although I am using 2 - 1500w electric burners for heat, I figured it was cheap insurance.

    Next I sealed everything up with a fire-proof caulking generally used in the fire sprinkler industry. It provides an airtight environment.

    Next was 1 1/2" insulation and installation of the rack trays. Racks are 12"x17" half-sheet baking trays.

    Next was wrapping it all in plywood and cutting the vent holes. I went with 2 - 4" vents on opposite sides.

    Next was the doors. The doors are insulated as well. I also put general use weather stripping around both doors. The bottom door also has Durock on it.

    Next was the roof, which was also insulated. I went with a single 4" exhaust made out of aluminum. The top is galvanized and there is a 4" butterfly damper installed inside. I am planning on putting shingles on top next.

    And finally a shot of the racks, burners, and square cast iron skillets that will hold the wood chips. Only thing left to do now is paint and put roofing on it. That should happen in the next couple days, then I will crank it up and see how see does. I am happy with the progress and will keep updating how it goes. Thanks for looking.
  2. Hello.  Welcome.  I see this is your first post.  Please take some time and swing over to Roll Call and introduce yourself so that we may give you a proper "Hello".  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have.  GREAT looking smokehouse.  Thanks for posting.  Keep Smokin!

  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very, very nice !! Dang, looks awesome !! Thumbs Up
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good! Can't wait to see smoke coming from it and to hear how it performs!
  5. davea37

    davea37 Fire Starter

    Looking good!  By now it must be in operation and the smoke is rolling out.  Nice job.

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