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    Default Build My Own Smoker

    Hello,

    I have been surfing the net looking for a idea of building my own smoker. I have been using the little chief, but personally want to do a big end of the year smoke. Plan on jar and canning almost all the fish. Gonna send the canned smoked fish to family in Oregon. Well, ideas of building a good smoker to smoke around around 10 fish at a time at least would be greatly appreciated. PS My wife wants one that looks decent?? That might be tuff.

    Thanks for your help
    Nick

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    Default Old Refrigerator...

    ... A friend of mine used an old refrigerator. I think he took all the plumbing out of it and sealed the holes (maybe?) He is coming into town soon and i will ask him how he did it. PM me in a week and i will let ya know what he said.

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    Default 55 Gallon drum smoker

    When I was a kid I helped my stepfather put together a smoker using a 55 gallon drum. We but it in half and attached hinges on one side and a handle on the other. In the bottom we cut a hole big enough for aluminum tube to fit then attached that to a aluminum box we put together using pop rivets.
    The fire/smoke came from the box below and since we lived in south FL at the time we used mangrove wood. We smoke quite a lot of fish that year.
    You can use the idea and modify to suit your needs. Like adding a second box or larger one than what we used. Depends on how much smoke you want. It's definitely a slow process but the end results were always great.

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    Send AK_DUCKMAN a private message. He built a smoker in his backyard. I think you'll like the design of his. Maybe he'll snap a picture of it.

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    If it is permanent we built some out of cedar fence wood that look like an outhouse, crescent moon vent hole and everything. They turned out pretty good and suprisingly are a kitchy nice addition to our garden area.

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    I use a 12 cu foot chest freezer there is a box that protrudes inside the freezer and is about one foot square this box is where the pump and motor is remove this and use a hole cutter to cut down through the top the back of this area is open you can use a hot plate or the burner from your little chief and make a smoke riser out of aluminum vent tubing.


    does any of this make sense? I can tell you it will look just like a small white chest freezer on the outside but is insulated enough that you can smoke a ham in it in January with out a problem.

    you can put this against your garage or shed and no one knows the difference.

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    The smokehouse in the picture isn't mine, but belongs to a friend of the family. I'm going to build mine very similiar to this one because it works so darn good. While plywood is easier to work, I think rough sawn is better to use because of the odd chance of the glue possibly gassing off and mixing with the alder smoke.
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    I just heard about using old dryers and taking the tumbling drum out of them and using the main body. That would work.

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    Sausagemaker.com has the stack with baffel / damper. I use 220 voilt hot palates off a old stove. A old freezer does great. Screw some hard wood 1x2s to the side and use hard wood dowels to hang the meat or put good oven racks across the dowels. I use a controler for a grren house that goes to 220 f and I can set how hot or cold I want the smoker to be. i drilled two holes into the smoker one for the controler tem and the other for a long temp to see what the inside of the frig is without opening the frig. The damper controls the air flow to the hot plate were a stainless steel pan holds the damp saw dust. sent me a private and I will look up the info on the controler if you like. I do about 500 lbs of sausage and fish a year in this smoker.

    Blessing

    Grizz

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