The walls are the basis for the smokehouse

Anyone who wants to build his own smokehouse must first and foremost choose the right building materials. While bricking up itself is a minor challenge, interior design and outfitting is a bit more complicated. Door and exhaust air must be tight and still allow circulation.

Hard fir or limestone clinker

If a smoking oven is to be applied to all types of smoking, cold, hot and hot smoking, the combustion chamber must be very heat-resistant. Hartbrand clinker are widely used, but they are considerably more expensive than bricks made of sand-lime brick.

With a larger smoker, it is worthwhile to line the combustion chamber in the masonry of sand-lime brick with fireclay bricks. Because of the moisture balance and replacement, the smoker must be plastered from limestone bricks. When walls with hard clinkers account for these steps.

Dimensions, ventilation flap and drip protection

As usual measure of the room of the smoked product the size of an ordinary baking sheet is used. The height of the smokehouse depends on the later planned smoker. Large hams and long fish like eels can be up to half a meter long.

The combustion chamber should make up about a quarter of the smokehouse in height. An easily accessible ventilation flap with control function and heat-insulated operating handle must be considered. If the chimney is put in roof, a drip protection against condensation is indispensable.

How to wall the shell of your smoker

  • Hard burn bricks or
  • Sand-lime brick and
  • firebricks
  • Concrete slab / n
  • Lintel or tarmac
  • mortar
  • concrete
  • water
  • roof panels
  • Stainless steel round bars
  • spirit level
  • Folding rule or tape measure
  • trowel

1. Pour the foundation

Pour a concrete foundation the size of the base of the smoker. Depending on the size, you can insert reinforcing mesh.

2. Wall the oven base

In half-staggered composite, make a h-shaped foot for your smokehouse, which remains open to the front and back. The ideal height is between twenty and fifty centimeters.

3. Feed the underbody plate

Place a suitable concrete slab on the evenly grouted surface of the finished foot as the bottom of the kiln.

4th combustion chamber

Wall a circular wall and avoid the opening for the ventilation opening at the front. The dimensions follow the ventilation flap of your choice in connection with the total size of the smoker.

5. Incense room

Continue to wall up the walls after using a lintel or brick to wall the ventilation hole upwards. Depending on your planning, you can use masonry brackets or pedestals for the brazier, smoked wood shell and drip tray. Insert the stainless steel round bars into the masonry at the desired height. You can either create a support surface with thinner bricks or you can punch bearing holes in the stones. Save the chimney opening.

6. roof

Depending on the construction, cover the roof of your smoker. If you are planning a side chimney, you can wall up another concrete slab and put on any roof structure.

Tips & Tricks

When using sand-lime bricks, keep in mind that you also need to wall up firebricks in the combustion chamber.

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