- Step 1. Smoking chamber
- Step 2. The outbreak
- Step 3. Partition and grate in the smoking chamber
- Step 4. Chimney
- Step 5. Final touches
If you like to cook meat and fish products on fire, then make a versatile smokehouse that you can also use as a brazier, grill and barbecue. You can make a smokehouse with your own hands from a gas cylinder or an expansion tank according to the photo instructions we offer.
The peculiarity of this smokehouse is that its hearth is located separately from the smoking chamber. This allows the product to be smoked in smoke, avoiding excessive heating.
For the manufacture of a smoking chamber, you can use a large diameter pipe section, a gas cylinder or an expansion tank. It is better to use thick metal for the hearth, this will help maintain a stable high temperature and prevent the metal from burning out..
- Smoking chamber – we use an old expansion tank for it (can be replaced with a storage tank or a gas cylinder).
- For the hearth, a sheet of metal with a thickness of 6 mm.
- Steel sheet for partition.
- Steel corners and profile tube for frame.
- Ventilation flaps.
- Expanded metal sheet for the hearth and grates for the smoking chamber, can be replaced with grates.
- Wooden handle.
- Shelf for a dish.
- Heat resistant paint for metal.
The amount of material may vary depending on the size of the container used to make the smokehouse, the size of the hearth, the choice of height and base.
- Welding machine.
- Grinder with cutting and grinding discs.
- Pliers (clamps).
- A hammer.
- Metal brush.
- Protective equipment: welding mask, gloves, goggles, face shield.
Step 1. Smoking chamber
Let’s start by making smokehouse supports from corners. We cook a stable frame from them and attach rollers to it so that the smokehouse can be moved.
We cut off one edge of the cylinder, this will be a hole through which smoke will enter the smoking chamber.
Next, we will deal with the door in the smoking chamber. Cut a rectangular hole in the wall of the cylinder, and make a door from the cut out piece of metal.
We weld the hinges on the door, attach them to the camera using bolts or welding.
Along the perimeter of the hole in the smoking chamber, we attach an aluminum seal, the door will rest on it when closing.
Felt or heat-resistant sealant can be used to seal the gaps between the sealant and the smoking chamber..
Step 2. The outbreak
Let’s make a square chamber with a metal door at least 6 mm thick. We use strong hinges for the door.
Drill several ventilation holes on one side of the chamber. To regulate air intake through these holes, we attach a metal shutter to the hearth using a bolted connection.
We will make a locking mechanism for the hearth from a hook welded to one side of the chamber, and a latch attached to the door with a bolt.
The handle for the hearth will be a spring from an old jackhammer.
To facilitate the movement or storage of the smokehouse, the hearth will be removable. To do this, we weld a special plate with bolt holes to the cylinder. We will drill the corresponding holes in the hearth and attach to the plate.
Step 3. Partition and grate in the smoking chamber
First, we will build a metal partition in the smoking chamber. It must be fixed in the lower half of the chamber at a level that coincides with the upper side of the fire chamber. The baffle should be slightly shorter than the chamber. This will allow the smoke and heat from the hearth to enter first under the partition, and then evenly distributed throughout the smokehouse..
Slightly above the partition, small corners must be welded, a grill for products is laid on them.
Step 4. Chimney
For the circulation of smoke in the smokehouse, we will make a chimney. To begin with, we outline the open part of the smoking chamber on a metal plate, outline the place of the flange.
You can buy a flange, but in our case we will make it from a narrow metal plate, weld it to a hole in the plate.
Weld the plate with the finished flange to the open part of the smoking chamber.
We attach a ventilation pipe to the flange.
Step 5. Final touches
Install the thermometer on the smoking chamber.
For the hearth, we will make a firewood basket from expanded metal sheet.
We will make a handle for the lid of the smoking chamber from wood, fix it on aluminum brackets.
We will clean the smoking chamber from rust, remove the flux residues in the welding places. It’s time to paint the smokehouse with heat resistant paint.
Before the first laying of food, we will light a fire and let the smokehouse warm up well so that the remnants of oils and paints burn out and do not give off a foreign smell.
Directly for smoking, make a fire with charcoal, let it burn out until smoldering, then add hardwood firewood (alder, cherry, apple, pear) to form a fragrant smoke. Now you can start smoking! Enjoy your meal!
Video: another example of making a grill-smokehouse from a gas cylinder