how hot is to hot?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by scott kirstein, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. ok, so im new to smoking. built a smokehouse on 2 layers of block. with 2x4 framing and pine boards on the sides. question is i put small fire in bottom. how hot is to hot for the walls? had it close to 250 for a little while Sunday. boy did the sap seep out then! but since its brand new, as am i to this. i would rather not burn it down. any good ideas?

    was thinking about adding cement board to lower sections of the walls.
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I wouldn't go much higher than 250. I wouldn't use an open flame source if you don't have a fire proof area to contain it. How big is your smoker? Any photos you can post?
  3. sorry dave, just outside pix. but it measures 4'x4'x 6'.

  4. Looks nice. I plan on building one some day.

    Happy smoken.

  5. Scott, I have the same problem with my smoker. I haven't burned it down yet. But it might. I am putting the cement board inside just to make sure. Also I am thinking it might insulate it some. CF
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Can you build a smaller fire ??? Maybe try an old cast iron Dutch Oven with briquettes in it for heat and a chunk or 2 of flavor wood..

    That is a very nice smoke house... Locate a small band saw or chop saw to cut that beautiful dry/seasoned wood into smaller hunks.... maybe 4-6" long...

    As far as modifying the smoke house with cement board, I would try my darndest to get it to work the way it is.... If you need a high heat to smoke a pork butt or something like that, smoke first in the smoker and finish in the oven.... too many folks try to make a smoker an all purpose tool, IMO, when the oven is perfect for finishing big hunks of meat.....

    I smoke butts and turkeys, for a few hours, at 120-140 deg. F, and finish in the oven all the time.... It's the smoke that's important....

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  7. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    If it does catch on fire I sure hope it doesn't take the shed and wood pile with it!!
  8. Looks like someone blazed up a doobie in the outhouse!!!
  9. yes defiantly have saws here. sadly almost all that wood is poplar. but its a hard wood and does smoke nice. have almost a truck load of cherry, 2 of maple, 4 in oak. lots of wood in pa. clearing 2 arches for a friend was a good time investment.

    if she does catch that wood barn is a goner. but i think i just need to keep it low and slow. the fish i made was fantastic. the pork was good just not falling apart like i had hoped.

    thanks for the input guys :)
  10. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I need to restock with pecan but it's going to wait till November, maybe.  To darn hot to be cutting and splitting wood in August!!

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