Seasoning a plywood smokehouse

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by smokingd, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. I am in the process of building my first plywood smokehouse.  (pics to come)  I was wondering how are these seasoned.  Do you still spray the walls with nonstick spray???????
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmmmm good question since its wood I don't know if you would spray oil on it or not. Hopefully some of the other plywood builders will chime in on what they did. Or go through the builds and PM a few of them and see what they say. I think I would just burn in it but maybe there would be some advantage to spray the walls down.
  3. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    No. I got mine up to 225*, added some wood to produce smoke, and let it run for about 6 hours. I did this twice. I did not spray oil or any other liquids on the interior.
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    You could take a torch to it.

    No I'm not being a wise guy (this time).

    Just run a torch over it light enough to blacken the grain. Don't hold it at one place long. Keep a rag in your other hand---If you see a little spark, just hit it with the rag---It won't go anywhere.

    I've done it for a buddy of mine one time. He put CDX in a shack for a serious beer drinking hangout, but he was too cheap to buy paneling, so he just left it raw. I took a torch, and hit the whole thing lightly. All of the grain turned black, and the rest didn't. Then he put a couple of coats of finish over it. Really looked neat!

    My point to that story is that torching won't hurt a thing, if your careful, and it will burn off anything that could be harmful to touch your food against. Just torch it & then you can get that thing cookin'!

    Also a couple of sides of Smoked Salmon will make it smell real nice!

    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Dennis all I did was run mine a couple times all day with it empty. The smoke seemed to do the job very well without using any oil. I'll look forward to seeing the pics of your build
  6. Gotta Have One Now I start building tomorrow[​IMG]
  7. pops6927

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

    Seasoned mine with a pickled chicken and turkey, lol!  Just fired it up and smoked two birds and they came out great, along with everything else I've done with it![​IMG]

    Now it's a lot darker inside!


    and more..

  8. chard

    chard Newbie

    WHat exactly is the point of seasoning the smoker?
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    On metal ones it is to get rid of any oils or smells from the metal coatings and to help keep rust to a minimum...

    On a wood smokehouse I would say just to get rid of the new wood smell...
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like BEER-B-Q said in Post #9.

    And I would say on the wood smoker the seasoning could be done while you are smoking some meat.

  11. chard

    chard Newbie

    I see.. Thx Guys.. So no need for a 10hr smoke with no food in it!
  12. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I would also add any adhesives or glues used in the plywood that might gas during the first couple of cooks.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Actually if we want to get into gasses from glues, like Solar mentioned, I read one time in "New Shelter", a very credible source, that the particle boards & plywoods used in most new homes & mobile homes are not exactly safe. They recommended to be completely safe, you should open all the windows in those new homes, and not move into them until 6 months later, due to arsenic & polyisocyanurates. I don't know anyone (personally) who has ever done this. So since most homes take about 3 months to build, most new home owners are living & sleeping in a closed box, with these fumes still floating around. I would imagine some of those chemicals have been outlawed in the building industry since I read that, but I wouldn't worry about fumes from plywood glue sticking to my meat, but flakeboard & particle board could be a big difference, which is why we don't recommend using them in the construction of a smoker.

    About all I can think of,

  14. I have built and help build many smokehouses in Alaska in my younger years and all we ever did is start a fire to age the wood inside. However we also used Galvanized wash tubs buried in the ground and galvanized chicken wire for the shelves to lay salmon on. I think now days all would agree that is a big no no.

    It never caused me any damage though.  It never caused me any damage though.

    Yuk yuk yuk.
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---Good one!

  16. chard

    chard Newbie

    So what type of metal should I use for the grates?
  17. slimtony1974

    slimtony1974 Fire Starter

    Do you have any more pics of the entire smoker??
  18. I like the expanded metal. You know the stuff that looks diamand shape. Or find a bunch of oven racks that are close to the same size.

  19. john duncan

    john duncan Newbie

    All this talk about wooden smokehouses, what size stove would I need for a 8x6x7?


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