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The Mini Smokehouse

 
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I couldn't decide where to post this, but since it is a wood burning cooking apparatus, I figured it fit here as well as anywhere. It could also be somewhere in building or food preservation.

I am building this very tiny smokehouse out of scrounged materials, only buying the screws and some of the hardware that I couldn't find for free or didn't already have. I built the foundation out of concrete blocks leftover from an old kiln I built years ago. I had been using them for a potato tower. The frame and walls are untreated shipping stringers I got for free. The roof is a sheet of roofing metal I found at the recycling center. The door and the draft flap are boards from a desk we found left out for the garbage man. The hanging rack is made of unfinished oak table legs. I am forging the hooks to hang the meat out of scrap mild steel and will pickle them in a foodsafe acid to resist rust. The firebox is a crappy portable grill that I am modifying to suit the task. I have already removed the hinge pin holding the lid on, and will be adding more holes in the bottom so it doesn't go out easily from lack of air.

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I am very interested in seeing yoir progress.  Thanks for posting!
 
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We have done a lot of work today. I had to hew a board to make it fit because we don't have a rip saw but we do have axes. It fits perfectly. You will see my brother Jacob in some of the pictures. He was a huge help. We expect to finish it in an hour tomorrow morning. And after running an errand, we will begin smoking the bacon I set to cure on tuesday.
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WE MADE BACON!!! The smokehouse is finished. We worked out how to regulate the fire early on and the draft regulator flap (above the door) works wonderfully.
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We walk you through the features of our smokehouse:

 
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The last really gnarly wind storm tore the roof off, flung the wood part across the yard, and knocked over the bricks. I fixed it all up, and expecting more wind, added a post driven into the ground and nailed to the wall on the lee of prevailing winds.
 
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