Building A Cold Smoker (Smokehouse)

I’m not sure if I would use plywood as that has glue in it. I also saw a page out there where hardibacker board was used but for some reason I did not bookmark it. There was someone else on this site who made one from hardibacker but I forgot his name. Everyone will love this new tender and delicious tasting meat as the meat takes on the tastes released from the wood by the smoke. That is why I was hoping to build my own out of the materials I already have, or could gather from free cycle. Once I finished the exterior I the focused on the important part of a smokehouse build the cooking chamber. You have to make sure to position each bag correctly before adding on to the next layer.

If you live in the northern United States, or in any area where the winters are relatively long and cold, then a black color will absorb the sun’s energy and increase the temperature inside the smokehouse on a bright sunny day. I lined the bottom of the firebox with a layer of fire-brick to keep the box from burning out too quickly and to conserve heat.

If you are in the Monteagle, Tennessee area stop by the SmokeHouse and talk to Smokin’ Man Mike about any of you barbecuing questions and see our large selection of barbecuing sauces and smoking supplies. The Lodge is Timber Frame style construction with wood plank boardwalks, wooden spindles, post & beam support timbers, which all enhance the rugged Mountain Lodge experience. The lay of the land is important because the smokehouse itself is separate from the firebox, and the smoke must be able to travel between the two. By understanding your end goals, you can make a reasonable assessment of which type will work best for you.

I like cold smoked bacon to be in there any where from 6 to 12 hrs..depending on the wood I’m using and how much smoke I want. Pressure treated wood contains chemicals that will contaminate any meat that is smoked inside the smokehouse. After you have your wall as high as you need it, five feet in my case, build a form for a concrete shelf on top of it. I made mine four-inches thick.

If you are modifying an existing shed or building a smokehouse using a refrigerator or drum, planning permission probably will not be required. Smoky taste was a secondary consideration and skill was required in the selection of wood and management of the fire to avoid strong and bitter flavors. After spending some time talking to local farmers and collecting ideas on the construction process, and reading about different designs, I rolled up my sleeves and set about building a cement block smokehouse. One caution about barrels-unless you can acquire a genuine food-grade barrel, make your own. Use a spirit level to make sure the supports are plumb before attaching the ridge beam.


After the wood has burned down to red coals, put on a few pieces of green hardwood or hardwood sawdust. Soft or hard maple is sometimes used, but as a general rule, it burns too freely, though the product smoked with such wood has a distinct, sweet flavor that is greatly esteemed by some. Cherry wood is very similar to apple, though the flavor can change based on the age of the tree that it was procured from.

We’re hoping to open 2nd March and we should have an online booking system up in February, though as mentioned, we’ll always make room for ‘walk ins’ even if the reserved tables are booked out. The doors are held shut by two wooden thumb buttons, one fastened above and one below the right or battened door near the junction of the two doors. Seasoning your Smoker helps removes all traits of contaminants such as dust, grease, oil, metal shavings and wood dust from the manufacturing and shipping process. The Powell smokehouse had gone so granular that hundreds of finches were pecking it away, either for the salt or for the tiny stone grains they use in digestion.

Pine wood imparts a resinous flavor to the product, making it almost unpalatable; a small amount may be used with other woods when better fuels are not available in sufficient quantity. The smokehouse isn’t air tight and I had worries about wasps..they seem to be thick around here…but I’ve not had any inside of the house at all. Because elevating a smokehouse makes it easier to have the smoke enter through its floor, soil was then laid up to the top of this three-block level. The result is dried, long-lasting, smoke-flavored meat that will age in the same smokehouse for two years before it’s eaten.

I have been looking for a plan to build a smoke house in my home, and your site is the most informative and helpful page I have found. The four bottom boards were positioned with their wide side facing the ground but the four top boards will be positioned with their wide side facing into the interior of the smokehouse. But curing meat, or smoking it, is still a healthy and delicious way to eat and prepare meat (and fish and poultry too) plus, curing meat will preserve it so you can make a bunch in one go and enjoy it for a while. You will also have to make holes for vents and for the smoke generator to be connected.

Quite like the look of the wooden smoker GAMFSH posted in this thread – was along the lines of what I was thinking of. Need some way to add heat though, gas ring at the bottom be the go. Would want to keep it out of the box if poss, maybe tin floor with gas ring underneath that to allow heat thru but none of the gas fumes. To be on the safe side with cold smoking you should always stay below 60 degrees inside your smokehouse. My interest in making a smokehouse is for preservation without the taste of freezerburn. Make sure not to use pressure treated wood or any galvanized metal when building your smoke house.

If you don’t have access to a hot plate, then you will need to make some sort of firebox out of some type of metal. You may also use a hot plate for heat & place a pan with wood chips, sawdust or chunks on the hot plate for smoke. Wanting to keep the build using wood materials as much as possible, so I decided to build a wooden door latch as well. The more vernacular smokehouse behind the Peyton Randolph House leaks profusely. Hardwoods such as mesquite and apple wood are great staples, though many people have had great success with maple, hickory, or any other hardwoods. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper.

If you caught a fish, cleaned and salted it and then cooked it over a smoldering fire, hanging from a stick, this would essentially be cooking in the most basic, but quite effective, smokehouse. For less than $100, we were able to put together this great smokehouse that can hold a ton of meat. Not sure why the ants have left the smokehouse alone though….could be the strong lingering smoke smell. IF you have access to a framing nail gun and compressor by all means use that as it will make the work quicker and the learning curve is a whole smaller. Don’t be fooled by the common misconception that by throwing some wet wood chips over hot coals you can smoke your meat.