How to Build a Smoke House

How to Build a Smoke House. Smoked meats and fish are summertime favorites for many people. With a little elbow grease and a free weekend, you can build a smoke house in your own backyard. Even if you're not an experienced builder, this task can encourage your do-it-yourself spirit and give the family a project to build together.

Step 1

Build the side panels by fitting together five tongue-and-groove boards for each side. The top of each side should then be graded from 6 feet to 5 feet 9 inches by snapping a chalkline from the highest point to the lowest along the top edge and cutting to size.

Step 2

Cut two 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch boards to brace the top and bottom of each side piece. Cut another piece to brace the 5 foot 9 inch side of each side panel. Attach with deck screws.

Step 3

Build the back wall by fitting together five 5 foot 9 inch boards. Cut four 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch boards to brace the back wall along the top and bottom edges and attach with deck screws.

Step 4

Attach the back panel to the two side pieces using deck screws through the bracing pieces of the side panels.

Step 5

Brace the front of the smoke house by cutting the 2 foot by 4 foot boards to fit along the top and bottom edges. Attach with deck screws to the front edges of the side panels.

Step 6

Attach four shelf supports of 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch board cut to fit on either side of the inside of the smoke house evenly. Cut sheet steel to serve as shelves within the smoke house.

Step 7

Attach the roof of sheet steel to the top of the smoke house using deck screws and leaving a 1/8 to 1/4 inch gap between the roof and the top edge of the smoke house.

Step 8

Attach the door, built of the remaining 6 feet long tongue-and-groove boards braced in a "Z" fashion with the remaining pieces of 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch board, using two 4-inch strap hinges.

Step 9

Place the burner and wood chip pan at the base of the smoke house.