Looking for ideas

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by stratmoorefarms, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. I have this rack on wheels that a friend gave me to see if we can build a smokehouse out of it. Pretty much just planning to use it for cold smokes.


    It measures 48" long, 40" wide, and 49" tall for a total of 54.4 cubic feet.

    Right now I am planning to cover it with plywood. Maybe put a door on both ends??? Maybe just on one end. I will probably cover the plywood with tin on the outside just to help protect the wood. It is big enough that I will more than likely have to leave it outside.

    I had several different ideas on heat/smoke sources, but then I found this site and discovered the Amazen smoke generator. So I have changed gears and am looking at the pellet generators. I will need to get with Todd to see what size/how many will be needed for this project.

    I really like the angle iron down both sides.


    They should allow me to vary the heights of racks pretty decent.

    Any thoughts on how to do the top? I can do it flat on top of the existing frame, A-framed, taller in the front than the back, etc. Also, at first I was thinking of drilling some small (maybe 3/4") vent holes around the top just below the roof. Now I am leaning more towards a couple of louvered vents with dampers, that way I will have more control over ventilation.

    On the odd chance that I would want to try a hot smoke in it, I was thinking of using the smoke generator for the smoke and either an electric hot plate or maybe a propane burner as the heat source.

    As far as what it will be used for, could be most anything. Right now, I am raising hogs, meat rabbits, and chickens. So it could be hams, bacon, rabbit, chicken, turkey, or most anything else that comes to mind.

    So let the comments and suggestions begin. Nothing is really set in stone at the moment. I am open to pretty much any ideas that will turn this metal frame into a smoker.

    Thanks for looking,

  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check out my smokehouse build (see "Smokehouse" in my sig line below).  Just wrap it in plywood, skin it with tin if you want, add a couple (upper/lower) doors for access, a low vent in front and an upper vent in back and you're smokin'!  Put metal cross rails in the middle to hold drip pans.  See the Cold Smoke Cheese post for Todd's pellet generator, it works GREAT! believe me!  Use it for cold or hot smokes!  It would make a great smokehouse!
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011

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