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Old 05-13-2018, 09:24 AM   #1
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Back yard project-I need a better smoke/heat box,smokes well but only gets to 120,but works for bacon and sausages.I collected about eight really clean/new pallets.I only get the USHT stamped red oak.I failed my weld test,but no life will be lost.
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Old 05-13-2018, 03:44 PM   #2
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Sooo, where’s the pallet wood?
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:11 PM   #3
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I think it’s in the smoker?
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:10 AM   #6
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framing went fast after the smoker was done
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:14 AM   #7
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What is USHT stamped red oak? A quick google search only lead me back to this thread. lol

Im guessing it has to do with no chemical additives to the wood?
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:20 AM   #8
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United States Heat Treated-means they are "kinda clean"-no pesticide in the wood
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:24 AM   #9
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:28 AM   #10
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:37 AM   #12
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Now I see where we're goin. Good idea
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:43 AM   #13
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:02 AM   #14
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Now I see where we're goin. Good idea
Thanks, I started from the ground up in photos. I had to rip alot for the sides to square it up.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:30 AM   #15
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got the roof up before a little rain and finished the door
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:33 AM   #16
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Nice!!!
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:34 AM   #17
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:41 AM   #18
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Very nice. Can't wait to see something smoking!!
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:42 AM   #19
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:47 AM   #20
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It "drawed" beautifully -just cant get as hot as I'd like, so smoke/heat box remodel in the future . I also added battons on the gaps.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:48 AM   #21
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In for the meat photos. What is the ideal temp for a box like that?
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Seal the cracks and rig up a damper. Bet you can get that temp up.


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In for the meat photos. What is the ideal temp for a box like that?
I've tried a small sausage run they came out OK-wished the temp would have been higher.I only got to 150-160ish,kida worried me but I did use the sodium nitrite.My wife put it in spaghetti I had no stomach issues.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:09 PM   #24
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I put small strips (battons) over the gaps,have not tried a run it yet. I dont want to burn it down but I want a bigger heat/smoke source.... Damper the main vent?.....might try that ...thanks.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:12 PM   #25
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I put small strips (battons) over the gaps,have not tried a run it yet. I dont want to burn it down but I want a bigger heat/smoke source.... Damper the main vent?.....might try that ...thanks.


Yeah test it with some duct tape while you do the next run. Put tape over 1/3 of it and see what the temperature does.


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Old 05-16-2018, 03:05 PM   #26
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Great build.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:14 PM   #27
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A couple of things that I can see from my chair. I'm pretty new to smoking so take it for what it's worth.

Are you running with your firebox door open at all? If not, try that first. If you have it closed, and are only drawing air through that small hole I see in the door, you are not getting nearly enough air to get a smoke chamber that size very hot.

The exhaust vent does seem excessively large. I can't come up with a reason in my mind why the exhaust vent would need to be much larger than your air intake on firebox.

That is a very large drafty box to heat with a small fire but I think it can work. I'd rip small slats to cover the joints like they do on cedar siding. I built a small offset smoker using an old propane bottle the same size as yours for a fire box and a 30 gallon air compressor tank for the smoke chamber. It works like a dream. I can do any temp i desire with it. Your smoke chamber is at least 4 times larger than mine though.

Did you do the brick work? If so, I'd just brick up a firebox right against it or off set using your current connection. Just weld up a door to fit it with an adjustable air intake.
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A couple of things that I can see from my chair. I'm pretty new to smoking so take it for what it's worth.

Are you running with your firebox door open at all? If not, try that first. If you have it closed, and are only drawing air through that small hole I see in the door, you are not getting nearly enough air to get a smoke chamber that size very hot.

The exhaust vent does seem excessively large. I can't come up with a reason in my mind why the exhaust vent would need to be much larger than your air intake on firebox.

That is a very large drafty box to heat with a small fire but I think it can work. I'd rip small slats to cover the joints like they do on cedar siding. I built a small offset smoker using an old propane bottle the same size as yours for a fire box and a 30 gallon air compressor tank for the smoke chamber. It works like a dream. I can do any temp i desire with it. Your smoke chamber is at least 4 times larger than mine though.

Did you do the brick work? If so, I'd just brick up a firebox right against it or off set using your current connection. Just weld up a door to fit it with an adjustable air intake.
yep, with a better air intake on the firebox there is no reason you couldn't have fire coming out the end of that square tubing instead of smoke. Hell even force air with a fan with the door open to just get by if you have to.....
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:51 PM   #29
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Man, this turned out really good. You had me guessing at first. I like it, good build.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:40 PM   #30
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Looks good. I'm sure you'll get it dialed in with a little tweaking.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:54 PM   #31
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Looks like a perfect smoke house for cold smoking cured meats at a temperature between 90-125. You can cook ham, bacon jerky etc in a cold smoker like that.

Now if you are wanting to BBQ in there with temperatures of 225+ you may need to change up the design some.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:40 PM   #32
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Your a movie star?

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Old 05-17-2018, 05:53 PM   #33
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:45 AM   #34
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give us an update if you have made any changes? I am thinking of doing something like this.
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Old 05-24-2018, 02:14 PM   #35
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Nice build!
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:03 AM   #36
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give us an update if you have made any changes? I am thinking of doing something like this.
I'm planning a larger heat/smoke source later. I wanted to treat the wood before it weathered. I wanted something that would be safe and easyI should have researched it better, I coated the outside only with boiled linseed oil.
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I added battons over the side gaps. I thought about kitchen grade silicone for other gaps....any opinions appreciated.
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Is USHT stamped somewhere on the pallet? I'm interested to know because I build various things with pallets. Cool project you have going there.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:30 AM   #39
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Is USHT stamped somewhere on the pallet? I'm interested to know because I build various things with pallets. Cool project you have going there.
I do not pick them up unless I see the branded stamp,and thanks.
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Now I'll know what to look for, thanks
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I do not pick them up unless I see the branded stamp,and thanks.
Why that brand? I'm looking to build a cold smoker similar to yours.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:28 AM   #42
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HT stands for Heat Treated. This means the wood has been pasteurized. It has been heated in an oven at 133 degrees F. These pallets are used for international import / export to prevent the crossing of insects and other diseases. Insects burrow in wood and the wood also absorbs liquid which might be a disease. Heat Treated pallets are required on all loads going into Foreign countries. The has an HT and abbreviation of the where it was treated and the number is the assigned sight where that pallet is designated to so that pallet can be traced back if any contamination has been found.
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HT stands for Heat Treated. This means the wood has been pasteurized. It has been heated in an oven at 133 degrees F. These pallets are used for international import / export to prevent the crossing of insects and other diseases. Insects burrow in wood and the wood also absorbs liquid which might be a disease. Heat Treated pallets are required on all loads going into Foreign countries. The has an HT and abbreviation of the where it was treated and the number is the assigned sight where that pallet is designated to so that pallet can be traced back if any contamination has been found.
Interesting and makes perfect sense.

I assume these are harder to locate?
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Yes sir. And more expensive too. We sell them for $8.50 per pallet.
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I added battons over the side gaps. I thought about kitchen grade silicone for other gaps....any opinions appreciated.
If it isn't going to be visible from the outside, you can use ordinary kitchen and bathroom caulk. I used it in my smoke house and run temps as high as 260.

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Man that is awesome!! Looks good.
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Some of your solutions are so simple that I feel dumb for not having thought of them for my smoker. Like the door latch cutout and the hole saw and then ripping the board. I was over here wondering how to make half-circle cuts like an idiot.

Awesome thread. Learning a lot from you. More pics!
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Some of your solutions are so simple that I feel dumb for not having thought of them for my smoker. Like the door latch cutout and the hole saw and then ripping the board. I was over here wondering how to make half-circle cuts like an idiot.

Awesome thread. Learning a lot from you. More pics!
Thanks,glad I inspired,just try not to overthink it and have a good time building yours,most of the pics are there.I will tell you this, I kinda wish I would have went smaller for more heat.I only smoke DIY deer sausages. I got a pork belly in the freezer gonna attempt some bacon soon. Good luck and post it when your done.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:28 AM   #49
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Question for you on the construction?


on the vertical pieces did you simply place then next to each other and nail them in? Do you do anything to seal the gap between two pieces as you nailed them next to each other?

I have never made a smoke house but I think I am going to this year.
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:49 PM   #50
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That is looking awesome. I just picked up a nice vertical smoker. I may use your idea but instead, just build "house", to put the new smoker in, add vents and extend the "chimney" out the roof.

It should be cozy enough for it and keep it out of the weather. I wont need to worry about breeze direction either.

Very nice looking smokehouse man. Good job.
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