6 – HARDWARE…  Smokehouses, Curing Chambers, & Smokin’ Savvy

6 – HARDWARE… Smokehouses, Curing Chambers, & Smokin’ Savvy

What’s the secret for producing good, consistent smoke for long periods of time? (Chuckwagon burns our breakfast every day, on the trail drives, but sausage-making; sausage-recipes;that doesn’t count.)

What about handling meats during smoking? What are good brands of smokers? How do you build one? …and how do you control the dang ornery things? Have you smoked a ham for multiple days or weeks? —->>>>>

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<<<<<—–…ever cure a ham? …make bresaola? …ferment chorizo for several months? How do you maintain a controlled temperature and humidity for optimum bacteria and mold growth? “Inquiring Minds want to know.” Please write about these and similar topics. We’ll be glad you did.


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128 thoughts on “6 – HARDWARE… Smokehouses, Curing Chambers, & Smokin’ Savvy

  1. Hi there I am in the process of converting a old commercial fridge into a smokehouse. The fridge came with a rack system you can wheel inside. I called the manufacturer of the rack system and they said the metal was Constructed of non-corrosive, Hi-Tensile aluminum. I was going to mount the shelves inside the smokehouse. Does anyone see a problem with using aluminum in a smokehouse?


  2. It should work fine. Aluminum conducts heat pretty well, but the refrigerator will be well insulated, so no problem with heat loss. It would be a good idea to season the thing first. Hopefully there are no plastic parts in the fridge.
    With that size, you could handle quite a good-sized amount of production. …and, of course, invite over a couple-hundred of your closest friends (hint, hint)!

  3. Thank you for the reply. I will use them in my smokehouse. When it’s done your right I could invite a bunch of people over. It has been a big project though more than I thought it would be. I tore it completely apart to remove the polyurethane insulation. The factory could not tell me the temp rating of the insulation. When I tore into it I found plastic, duct seal, duct tape, and even paper. It was a good choice. I will post more pictures when I am further along.


  4. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished smoker, but especially hearing about your “adventures” along the way. There are always so many lessons to be learned. What’s your choice of insulation? I’m guessing fiberglass. Too bad there’s no such thing as high temperature duct tape, eh?
    Have you given thought to how to distribute smoke inside the compartment? I guess you could find an old convection oven, pull the fan equipment, and maybe slow it down somewhat. (…maybe use the heating coils, too? …or will you supply heat externally? …firebox?) I use slotted trays, myself, mounted high enough off the bottom to allow an Amazin’ smoke generator tube or two to stand vertically beneath.

    As you can see, I’m envious of your project. Maybe I should look for a similar piece of equipment. How did you get it?

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