How Smokers and Smokehouses Work

The most efficient smoking is not done over a campfire, but in the confines of a closed shelter with a smoke source at one end and a vent at the other. Boxes, barrels, chimneys, old refrigerators, chicken houses, backyard barbecues, and tool sheds all have been converted into smokers or smokehouses successfully, though perhaps some of them shouldn't have been. A chicken house or a barrel that contained pungent substances, such as oil or detergent, imparts the flavor of the original use to the...

Project Concrete Block Smokehouse with a Concrete Floor

How Cut Rafters Roof Pitch

Permanent smokehouses can be made of stone, logs, concrete, or wooden framing members, and should be large enough to meet the needs of an average family usually a 6' x 8' x 8' structure . For these buildings, a concrete floor is necessary to protect the house from rodents, with concrete footings set below the frost line to insure a sturdy, durable structure. The fire pit, located outside the building, is vented through the floor into the smokehouse. 8' x 22' vent on both ends with mesh screen...