I’ve been wanting to build a smoke shack for quite a while – ok about a year. I want to make my own bacon and smoke sausages which will expand my repertoire beyond bratwurst. Cold smoking is smoking under 90F, preferably a little cooler than that. With that in mind there are a few other considerations:
- I don’t have room for a permanent installation. Living in the western Chicago burbs, my season for cold smoking will run from October to April.
- It needs to be relatively inexpensive (I’ve done this for about $150)
- I want it to be attractive – no little metal store bought box costing twice as much for me!
- I am not a carpenter! The finished product is not perfect or even perfectly square, but it should work
- It needs to be relatively small. I’m not doing any half hogs. The finished smoke box itself is about 24″x 36″ x40″
- I used no plans, just built it from what I thought
A trip to the big box store for:
- Aluminum duct work (this will conduct heat out of the smoke)
- An assortment of 2×2′s, 2×4′s, 1×2′s 1×3′s
- Unfinished pine tongue and groove paneling
- Hardware – handles, latches. etc…
At this point the battery on my nailer died. While it recharged, I messed around with the smoke delivery system. I used “real” duct tape to attach an elbow on this roof flange which will sit over the fire box.
Here we are with the door installed. I added latches to keep it shut was well as a nice handle. Looks like an outhouse! Notice the shot with the door open, the door overlaps the door frame, hopefully creating a seal.
Smoke stack installation
Rebuilding the smoke delivery system