Our First Cedar Smokehouse Build

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by foodadventurer, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. I have always wanted to build a smokehouse on my property.  My brother and I finally put our heads together and started a build.  We are also putting a full blown kitchen into part of my garage just for curing and smoking meat! (in fact plumbing was run into the space yesterday)....WOOT!

    We designed the smokehouse so that the floor of the smokehouse is at exactly the same level as the door into the kitchen.  Eventually we will have a covered walkway between the kitchen and the smokehouse.  This way, we can load up racks with meat in the kitchen and just roll it straight into the smokehouse.  Easy!

    Firebox:   I converted a 55 gallon drum into a firebox using a kit you can purchase at a hardware store.  I lined the inside with fire bricks. (purchased on craigslist for $15 and then power-washed, inside and out)

    Floor:   We decided to raise the floor of the smokehouse up onto concrete footings.  The floor is made out of 2x6 untreated lumber and wrapped in aluminum flashing to keep it protected from the weather.

    Framing:   We framed the walls with 2x4 lumber (untreated) from the local hardware store.  In one of the pics you can see how the door of the smokehouse will line up with the door of the kitchen.

    Door:   I picked up an old closet door for $10 bucks and some old pallets for free.  I decided to face the old door with pallet boards and then treat the exterior facing boards with marine grade poly (spar varnish).  The inside of the door is lined with 1/4" untreated plywood.

    Walls:   We found untreated cedar fence slats at the local Home Depot for $2.49 each and grabbed up a bunch of them.  We also grabbed a few 2x6 cedar boards and used a table saw to slice them up into 2" wide strips.  We used the cedar pickets and cedar strips to do a board and batten wall design. (got that idea from this site!!  THANKS!!)

    Roof:   I had some old tin roofing out in my barn.  The roof is 1/2" untreated plywood covered in the tin roofing.

    Almost there:   We still have a few things to do, like add shelving under the overhang for storage of wood, etc.  I have run smoke through it a couple of times and it drafts well.  I think I need to add a damper to the chimney to control the flow of smoke out of the house.

    I am also thinking about getting a programmable PID controller and hotplate so that I can have better control over the internal temp when I need it.

    Here are some current pics.

    I'd love any feedback, thoughts, concerns advice, pats on the back or whatever you have to offer.  I have learned so much from everyone here and wanted to share our new smokehouse and how excited we are to use it!!!!

    Happy smoking!
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking shack. Time to produce some smoke!
  3. Great looking smoker
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You mention wanting to add a damper to control flow of smoke. I wouldn't do that. You want the smoke continuously moving through smokehouse and out. That will give you fresh smoke and not stale creosote flavored smoke building up in the smoker.

    Have you considered burying your fire box and inlet pipe for better heat retention during hot smokes?
  5. dirtsailor2003

    Thanks for the advice.  had not thought of that.  I will let the smoke flow freely!  :)

    I have thought about burying the fire pit and inlet and may still do so.  I kind of went on the cheap at first...  but the design very well may change.

    Thanks again for your input.
  6. smokeburns

    smokeburns Smoke Blower

    Y'all did a great job! Wanting to build one of that scale , but have to finish my cob oven first.
  7. smokeburns

    smokeburns Smoke Blower

    Good Idea! About burying the pit.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
  8. ukenout

    ukenout Fire Starter

    I like the idea of the 55 gallon drum for the firebox. After I got my clay flue put in I started to have second thoughts and kinda wished I gone the drum route. Looks like a great build!!!
  9. Awesome looking house. I was at lowes today looking at the cedar pickets thinking of doing something similar.

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