How to Make a Smoker From an Old Oven. Nothing beats the rich flavor of foods prepared in a smoker. The commercial smokers can be quite expensive, and smoking foods at home doesn't have to be just for the wealthy. It is possible to make a smoker out of an old electric oven. This relatively inexpensive and easy to make smoker will satisfy both your pocketbook and your belly. Read on to learn how to make a smoker from an old oven.
Find an old electric oven that has all of its racks. For easy cleaning and assembly, look for an oven with a large bottom drawer. Don't worry about electrical function, burners or knobs, because you don't need an oven that works.
Remove the burners and burner covers, top of the oven with all of the knobs and electric parts, so that only an empty skeleton of an electric oven remains.
Drill a hole in the center front of the large drawer towards the bottom. You want the hole to be large enough so that you can insert the extension cord of a hot plate.
Cut a 7-inch diameter hole in the center of the floor of the old oven so that the oven compartment has a link to the drawer and smoke can easily rise to the racks.
Create a chimney by placing a 7-inch diameter metal duct into the hole. This will keep drippings from food off of your hot plate.
Place your oven smoker in a solid and dry location.
Situate the hot plate in the drawer, centered underneath the chimney and thread the power cord through the hole that you drilled in the center front of the drawer. Place a cast iron pan filled with your preferred woodchips on the hot plate and you are ready to cook.