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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:17 pm

Hello Folks,
Sorry that things have been idol for so long with the smokehouse build along. agingcrower, the wife has given her consent, she is quite happy with the looks. I am excited to start using it but it takes me so darn long to get things done. The back has been giving me some real problems. Finally am able to start walking and moving around again. Seen a doctor for my back and they are going to be giving me an epidural injection in the spine every month to three months to try and keep me pain free so that I can continue walking. They told me that I will not be able to do any lifting again, going back to work is out of the question they said. That was difficult thing to hear and handle. They won't operate because there is a huge chance that they can put me in a wheelchair. I told them that if they could take the pain away just go ahead and cut my spinal cord and put me in a wheelchair, most everything is wheelchair accessible today anyway. But they said that might make it worse with pain. Anyway sorry for complaining it just makes me angry and I cannot always say it in person, so venting is a way to blow off some steam so I don't blow up, :) :( :) :( :) :( :x :x . Lets see what I can do in the next few days. I will post some more pictures soon folks.
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:34 pm

Ont_Excal wrote:You could find some cotton twine and jam it into the cracks.
Just make sure it is 100% cotton so it doesn't produce any chemicals under heat.
Actually any natural fibre would work and may be cheaper than cotton.

I would not paint he wood at all. This way staying away from chemicals.

I would not worry about the wood walls getting off colour with aging or exposure to the elements. The wood is off the ground so it should last a lifetime.


I have some material, I believe it was cotton, that was used for caulking the cracks and joints between the planking of wooden lobster boats and wooden skiffs to stop them from leaking before the boats were put in the water in the springtime. After the boats were hauled out of the water for the winter months, they would dry out and the joints would open back up. Come springtime we would have to examine the entire hull and caulk the joints and cracks between the planking that needed re-caulking from time to time. Thank God for fiberglass hauls what a time saver, that wasn't a fun job, but was a necessary job back then. I don't know what would be better caulking those joints or just screw a ripped board over each joint. What do you think folks?
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Ont_Excal » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:58 pm

That just a thought about an alternative method of sealing.

You can put board over the cracks as you were thinking about doing.
That is called board and batten construction.
The batten being what covers the cracks.
Has worked very well on homes and barns for centuries and is still used today.
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Okay folks here is a few more pics. I had managed to get this done on January 17th after it stopped raining. I think that is what screwed up my back. Now I remember, from getting on the ladder and falling backwards. I missed the last two ladder steps, I lost my balance on the ladder, :) :oops: :oops: :oops: :) :lol: . Oh well, I still have my two feet on the right side of the sod, :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: .
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Pics of the inside. Room for seven racks high, or can used the poles.
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:53 pm

Today I ripped boards to screw over each crack. I decided to go with the board and batten construction style. I made a small fire in the fire box today. It will help dry things out a bit. The smoke was not going into the smoke house because I have not yet decided whether or not to take and put the pipe on back of the furnace and then pipe it in into the smokehouse or drill a few holes on top of the smoke box inside the smokehouse and cap off the pipe flue on the furnace.

What way would you folks think would be best for me to do this?
I will appreciate some help deciding this. Would it cause a problem by cooling the smoke off with the pipe on the outside?
Here is some photos of the amount of smoke coming out of the smoke hole on the furnace without a fan or anything controlling the smoke.

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Tomorrow I will start screwing the strips of wood over the cracks. There is a few more things to do on the outside of the smokehouse yet and I will do that as quickly as I can. I am looking forward to being able to use the smoke house. I have some trout that I would like to smoke. That will be my first test with this smoke house.
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby papa bear1 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:15 pm

Looking good raymond , I would pipe it into the back at the bottom then vent at the top in front, that would draw the smoke up and forword , then if you need more venting you you can use the adjustable vents on each side, :roll:
Just a thought, Controll heat at bottom, Controll smoke @ top vents. :?

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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby enormous » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:17 pm

Things are smoking Ramond :)
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby taz3 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:18 pm

Wow, that's coming along real well, I can smell the aroma of smoked meat and fish from here!!! :D
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:04 pm

papa bear1 wrote:Looking good raymond , I would pipe it into the back at the bottom then vent at the top in front, that would draw the smoke up and forword , then if you need more venting you you can use the adjustable vents on each side, :roll:
Just a thought, Controll heat at bottom, Controll smoke @ top vents. :?

P.S. Pace yourself

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The idea of the piping from the flue pipe into the bottom of the smokehouse for the smoke and venting is what I actually was thinking also. Do I need a damper in the smoke pipe going into the smokehouse? Also, just to make sure it is clear for me, are you saying to put a vent pipe with a damper out through the roof on the end that has the fire box door? That is what I was thinking. I am thinking a 4" pipe with damper and a chimney cap. I believe we are on the same page.
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:12 pm

taz3 wrote:Wow, that's coming along real well, I can smell the aroma of smoked meat and fish from here!!! :D


Now to cover the roof and screw the batten boards over the cracks and a few more details, thermometers, etc. to finish and oh boy will I be in business. Probably will take some practice to get it right. Smoking from the BBQ was easy, hopefully it will not be that much harder with this contraption, :roll: :roll: . I think I will do alright after a few practices.
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby j.krug » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:25 pm

Smokehouse looks great Raymond and it's putting out a big ole smoke cloud for sure. Can't wait to see some meat hanging in there.

I think you may have inspired me to make a smaller scale smoker for myself. :)
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:18 pm

j.krug wrote:Smokehouse looks great Raymond and it's putting out a big ole smoke cloud for sure. Can't wait to see some meat hanging in there.

I think you may have inspired me to one a smaller scale smoker for myself. :)


Hey Jim,
Thanks for the complement, It has been a fun build also. Slow but it is shaping up. I open the doors after the fire was burning for awhile and it was nice and toasty warm in there with all the cracks.

I think I will change the build name to a Heated Deer Blind, :lol: :lol: :lol: . Drag that thing down through the woods and get a very long chimney pipe, and hook up some cooling fans, :lol: :lol: :lol: . What could be better, :lol: :lol: . If I can turn this into a little business to help the household with some income it will be awesome. After I get the hang of this contraption I know it will work great. I have a friend that has farmed raised trout, I did some smoking on the BBQ this summer, and let me tell you that trout was delicious. Farm raised trout and haddock is my first smoking after it is perfected. I haven't got any venison, but there is going to be some pork butt and racks of pork ribs in their. Oh and I can't forget the BACON, :lol: :lol: :lol: .
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby j.krug » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:46 pm

Sounds like a great deer stand Raymond. It would be nice and warm, the smoke would provide excellent cover scent and if you get hungry just reach over and grab some smoked pepperettes!! Perfect!! :lol:
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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby maple » Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:23 pm

Nice work Raymond!! It's awful big. How ya going to fill it?? More huntin' and fishin' I think!

Here's a pic of the cold smoker I built a few years ago. Works great, and keeps the ashes off the fish.

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Re: A smoke house build along(Pics added)

Postby Raymond » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:11 am

maple wrote:Nice work Raymond!! It's awful big. How ya going to fill it?? More huntin' and fishin' I think!

Here's a pic of the cold smoker I built a few years ago. Works great, and keeps the ashes off the fish.

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I have a few good friends that are Fish Dragger Captains and they own their own boats. They have told me to call them on the VHF and they will let me know when they are arriving at the wharf to unload their catches and they will load me up with what I want. That is pretty cool idea you had for your cold smoker. I like it. I plan on making a cold smoker with the inside of a electric hot water tank that I have. I do have another idea also that I seen on Archery Talk. I will post that idea also when I am finished the exterior of the smoke house. I worked a little bit on it today. I takes time for me because I have a lot of back and leg pain along with major headaches. I will be finished hopefully by the end of the weekend.
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