Smokehouse Construction

Discussion in 'Smoke Houses' started by babysmokologist, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. I really like some of the plywood smokehouse designs I've seen. What if a guy lined his smokehouse with Hardy Board (cement board) to allow for simultaneous cooking/hot-smoking? Is this material sufficiently inert to cook next to? I realize it will be heavy but I plan to install lifting eyes on it for my tractor bucket. I'd welcome your input.
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Maybe a good idea,  I have hardiboard panels on the floor of my smokehouse to catch any sparks.  I use mine for cold smoke only so I can't offer an opinion based on experience

    Good Luck and keep us posted on the build!   Welcome to the forum!
  3. what about tin, car hoods from the junkyard are a good supply of cheap tin esp lincolns and 80s trucks
  4. That's a good thought Clyde!
  5. Don't know either. I used the hardibacker board in my kitchen for my brickwork. Put a hunk in a fire and see what it does. [​IMG]
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't particularly care for cement products to line a smoker... 2 reasons.... Thermal mass, takes too long for temps to rise... Also cement holds moisture... Cement on the floor and as a break for the heat source is fine....

    You can line a smoker with sheet steel (hot or cold rolled sheet steel)... provides fire resistance and low thermal mass if you use 28 gauge or so... It can be "cured" with a good coating of cooking oil just as you would do to a cast iron pan.... lighter in weight.... and you can install angle for shelf suppports pretty easy....

    Just my thoughts after building a few smokers and learning the pitfalls of different materials...  

    Take plenty of pics during your build.... We love pics and others can learn from your project...

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  7. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     I not trying to offend anyone, but, when you are recommending using 28 gage, you are referring to using aluminum, steel or stainless correct ? and not Galvanized or painted materials ????  When hot smoking with galvanized materials  it will produce off gassing which is a bad mix when cooking….. I can’t speak for everyone, but with over  20 years of Sheet Metal experience I don’t want anything galvanized near the food I’m cooking !!!!!
  8. Thanks Dave! My smokehouse is still on the drawing board. I wanted to line it w/ something for higher temps and am open to suggestions.
  9. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Home Depot sells aluminum flashing on a roll, it’s easy to form.  

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