Homebuilt smokers have been known to out-smoke the commercial models.. learn more below

Welcome to the December edition of the Smoking-Meat.com monthly

Homebuilt Smokers?

I have been doing some major research on homebuilt smokers over the last several weeks in preparation for this newsletter and I have to say that I am getting myself all excited..

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I have seen folks make smokers out of everything from old refridgerators to 55 gallon drums and to me that is the real idea behind smoking.. taking something that is otherwise unorthodox and unusable in its present form and with a little tender loving care, turn it into something beautiful and tasty.

Brisket is a prime example of this.. what used to be a throw-a-way piece of meat is made delectable by slow smoking it over a low heat fire.

I found a page recently which lists a dozen or so different homebuilt smokers with some of them being nothing but cinder blocks with a tin roof but it has got me to thinking how I can construct something like that in my back yard and try to do it in a way that has never been done. (I always have to be different).

Some of the smokers on the website were put together by professional welders and many weeks of planning obviously went into the design and those are great if you have welding skills or perhaps masonry skills but the ones that really caught my attention where the ones that looked as if they had robbed the city dump for materials and then used a little common sense to put something together that would work.

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I am ready to go round up a bunch of cinder block, bricks and old sheets of tin and try my hand at smoking meat in a very uncanny way.

The whole idea behind this article is to try and encourage some of you to think outside of the firebox and try to come up with a new design using scrap materials or at least materials that you can buy very cheap.

I can assure you that I am going to be trying this over the next few weeks and hopefully in time to give you an update in the January newsletter.. I hope some of you will do the same. If you do, be sure to send me some pics and a brief explanation of how you did it and I will post them on the site for all to see.

If you have already done something like this then by all means send me some pics for the website and let's show off your ingenuity! Looking forward to seeing what some of you have or will come up with.

Here is the web page I referred to earlier:



  1. Rick April 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    i built a smoke out of a 150 gallon fuel barrel and the fire box is a 50 year old hot water heater tank.

  2. lance bushell March 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Jeff, I am going to use an old fridge, would I need to remove the door seal etc
    regards Lance

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