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How To Build A Food Smoker

Updated on July 5, 2014

Build A Smokehouse or A Food Smoker

During my youth, the smokehouse was out the back door of the home I lived in.

There was always Sausage, bacon and ham in that smokehouse. It was one of those things in life that I just took for granted like so many things of my youth.

I loved that smokehouse, the smells were unforgettable and oh the taste of that ham.

You can create those same smokehouse memories today:

For every skill level of "Do It Yourself" there is a smokehouse or food smoker design available.

Some smokehouse designs are complex and some food smoker designs are extremely simplistic.

Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered a plate full of succulent, mouth watering, fall off the bone, ribs?

Create that same wonderful smell and flavor in your own home. The wonderful taste of fantastic smoked BBQ is only beaten, when you do it yourself.

Now you have the opportunity to not only smoke foods you love, but to build your very own smoker or smokehouse.

There are many types, styles and ways to build a smoker and I am going to show you as many as possible.

Intelligence is something we are born with. BBQ'ing is a skill that must be learned" - Edward de Bo

How To Build A Smokehouse or Food Smoker and Where to Begin

The wonderful flavor of smoked meat and smoked cheese is something that most of us love.

Is the price at the grocery store more than you are willing to spend on a regular basis? If so, what is the answer?

Build your own food smoker or smokehouse!

If you have decided to build a smoker, what do you need?

the first consideration is, what are you going to smoke in your new smoker?

Do you plan to use your smoker to cold smoke or hot smoke your meat and other items? Fish and poultry is usually hot smoked and needs a temperature of 190 degrees to 200 degrees, of course this depends on the recipe you choose to use. Most meats and cheese are cold smoked usually at a temperature around 90 degrees.

The above are guidelines and there are always exceptions. If you want to smoke cook meat for to days meal, you would cook your roast while smoking it ... Hot Smoked. Cold smoking adds flavor and preservation to the meat.

Location is the second consideration. No matter how much you might love the smell from a great Bar-B-Que, you may not want that smell throughout your home in the summer months when the windows are open. You want to be able to locate your new smoker or smoke house far enough from the house so the distance and wind can eliminate the smoke. Portable smokers are not usually a problem; you just move it to the location before use. If you are looking to build a permanent smokehouse, then you need to give this a great deal of consideration before you start building.

Size now becomes the third consideration. How much will you be smoking at one time? Are you going to be smoking large items like turkeys or small items like blocks of cheese or sausage links? If you only intend to smoke items like sausages then you could design you smokehouse narrower and taller. If you want to smoke large items like turkeys and roast then you would want a larger floor area for your smoker.

At this point you probably can understand why many of us that love to create smoked foods also have a number of different types of smokers. Welcome to the wonderful world of the smokehouse

how to build a smokehouse

The ease of building a smoke house

Building a Smokehouse does not need to be complicated or expensive. If you are even a little handy with tools you can build a smoke house today!

Build a normal structure type building of the size you need and put good insulation on the walls. Purchase the cheapest materials that you can possibly locate. I know, concrete is not cheap so what about the floor? The truth is, your smokehouse does not need a floor, you can place if on bare ground. When you have your box building built, cut a hole about 12 inches up from the bottom big enough to accept a 3" double wall heater vent. Now on the opposite wall repeat this at the top of your structure and place a cap on the pipe.

Add some racks, hooks and shelves inside you new building and you are almost ready to go.

The next step is to build a fire box outside from your building to connect to the intake vent you cut into your smokehouse building. Remember the one you placed about 12" from the ground? You need to place this box far enough from the building to warm the building inside to about 90 degrees with the roof vent opened full. When you close the roof vent the building should be able to reach 170 to 200 degrees. This distance and the size of your fire box will be how you get within the temperature range.

There, not really very hard to build a smokehouse

Building A Smokehouse: Local Zoning Law

save your self some aggravation

Before you look further into building a smoke house, I feel obligated to include this piece of advise for anyone that is considering building a permanent structure as a smoke house.

You need to check with your local agencies about zoning considerations. Different localities will have different restrictions. You may need to place your smokehouse a minimum distance from your property line. materials used may be dictated by local law, such as using flame retardant materials. Are you going to have running water of electric installed in your smoke house? If so, these will be a consideration that may need to be approved through local law.

Even if your smoker is portable, you might get a visit from the local authorities if someone complains about the smoke at all hours. You need to consider your neighbors before you place that nice butt on to smoke-cook for 12 hours.

About Meat Smoking and Smokehouse Designs

The best book about building smokehouses using anything from old refrigerators, barrels, masonry blocks and some creative materials.

What causes this book to be heads above other smokehouse books is the volumes of knowledge about smoking meats provided by Stanley Marianski,

More than 100 detailed drawings and 50 photographs guiding you through the building and smoking processes and the confidence the book instills through its professionalism and readability for any level of expertise.

The first half of the book describes the basic principles of smoking, curing, cooking, storing and smoking meats and poultry.

The second half helps you, through highly detailed and comprehensive designs, build your own smokehouse.

Meat Smoking and Smokehouse Design
Meat Smoking and Smokehouse Design

The information is written in a clear to understand and follow language. The information is first class and accurate.

There are so many books on the market about meat processing, making sausages and many other meat related subjects that it is a real pleasure to see once in a great while a book of this sort actually worth reading and gaining knowledge from it.

I have seen this book offered on other sites for as much as $28.99!


The Texas Style BBQ Plans

If you love traditional smoked food barbecue like me, then this is your grill. Don't you love that smooth smoky flavor wood gives to all your Bar-B-Que foods?

This is a do-it-yourself welding project that won't cost a fortune to build.

Free Guide to Build Your Own Texas Grill

Looking Around The Smokehouse

Here is a quick look inside the smokehouse. If you don't find it here, you can request what your looking for and get a look at it in a couple seconds.

The Texas Style Smoker Bar-B-Que

This is a very common type smoker that you can find at any number of outlets. They are easy to use and convenient for a lot of folks.

These also come in different sizes and of course different price ranges. I got one that is a medium size somewhere around 36"x20" for the cooking surface. You can buy these with an outside firebox and they are great starter units that run around $200.00

If you would like this style and you are handy then check out The Texas Style BBQ Plans

Traditional Smoke House

A great Story about building a Smokehouse and using it.

"Smoke houses are one of those curious family traditions. Either you grew up with one or you did not."

"Having grown up with a smoke house, it seems impossible to prepare meat without one. I see products like smokehouse barbecue sauce and liquid smoke and just laugh. People always buy this prepackaged junk that is supposed to emulate the smoke house flavor, without even being aware of what they are missing out on. Most people don't even realize what smoke house meat tastes like. The taste really defies explanation." Read The Whole Story

Cowgirls Homemade Smoker

Cowgirls Homemade Smoker
Cowgirls Homemade Smoker

A Cowgirls Drum Smoker

This is my new must have design

If I gave out an award for Smoker Design of the year, this would most likely win hands down.

I have fallen in love with this drum smoker and you can believe I will have one before this spring rolls around.

If you are looking for a design to build your own smoker and also want something that shouts style, this barrel smoker could be just what you are looking for.

Check This Out...

Smokehouse Tip # 1

If you hang pieces of ham and beef they can keep

for years, but will be very tough to eat.

Professional Barbecue Recipes! Competition style ribs, butts, chicken, and beef brisket...

Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered a plate full of succulent, mouth watering, fall off the bone, ribs? Would you believe me if I told you that competition BBQ is better than any barbecue you can get in any restaurant? Now... you can learn the secret barbecue recipes of barbecue Pro s. Soon you ll be able to cook on a level that you never knew even existed. Read on...

double barrel smoker

This design is from the book "Real Barbecue" by Greg Johnson and Vince Staten. Their philosophy with the Big Baby is to take stuff that's more or less lying around and turn it into a smoker that works on the same principles as the $1,600 jobbies that the pros sell.

The essential function of a top-notch barbecue smoker is to keep the meat entrusted to it comfortably separated from flames and direct heat and yet in the path of the hot air and smoke that give it its flavor.

For more information on the

Double Barrel Smoker Click Here!

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Building a Cold Smoker - Smokehouse Combination

Free Smokehouse Design

I love this design from Cowgirl. If I had a good area to build a permanent smokehouse, this would be extremely high on my list of possible designs.

Cowgirl has fantastic pictures and step by step instructions for construction

My original smokehouse plan was to make something big enough to cold smoke two pigs worth of hams and bacon at a time.

I only butcher pigs once or twice a year for curing,....but I cook several pigs a year on my cinder block pit.

I wanted a smoke box that I could set right on my block pit, and run a pipe from a separate smoke/fire box to create the cold smoke. Use my cinder block cooker for both hot smoking and cold.

As it turned out, I decided (after I built the box) to make the little smokehouse permanent. Continue...

How To Smoke Food

You have built your Smokehouse or Smoker ... Now What?

You are going to need to know

How To Smoke Food.

Be sure to check out my Lens on smoking foods - choosing the right wood, marinade, sauce recipes. You will also find smoking times and temperatures and more.

How To Smoke Foods



Making a Weber into a cold smoker - small modifications to convert your old kettle to a cold smoker

You will see in this video that with a little imagination you can build your own cold smoker from that old kettle BBQ you have laying around. The nice thing about this conversion is, you can still use it as a BBQ Grill any time you want

Naughty Salmon Dip


12 ounces canned salmon

3/4 cup Miracle Whip (may substitute with mayonnaise)

3 oz. of cream cheese

1/4 cup horseradish sauce

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup diced green onions

1/4 cup diced red onions

2 Jalapeno peppers diced

2 tablespoons Lime Juice

1 teaspoon grated lime

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Throw everything in a food processor and mix in low speed for about five minutes till all the ingredients are nicely mixed.

Cover with wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight for best results.

Serve with Crackers

For more great ways to use your Smoked Salmon visit my Squidoo Lens "Smoked Salmon Recipes"

Click here to visit Smoked Salmon Recipes Today!

Visit the Smoke House

Ideas and suggestions for all your smoker needs

You have taken the time to get your own smoker, so are you ready for the next step? Before you fire up your smoker there are some things you will want to know

I have created a Squidoo lens that covers your smoker needs from wood selection for the smoke to how to marinade your fresh fish.

Don't forget to stop over at the smokehouse for suggestions and tips on the best methods to smoke your food today.

Click here to visit the Smoke House Today!

The Big Smokey

Here is another fantastic Double Barrel Smoker with great pictures and easy to follow instructions.

the Big Smokey is easy to build and cost nothing next to those pro jobs. I've outlined the steps to make the smoker under the construction area. They include color photos and some friendly advise with a list of the tools needed to make Big Smokey.

For more information for building the Big Smokey

Click Here Now!

Smokehouse Tip # 2

Smoked meats improve with age and are best kept in a dry area. They can hang in the pantry or meat safe and should be washed then dried with paper towel before storage.

Quick Build Cold Smoker - This is so simple I could hardly believe my eyes

You can turn any BBQ - Grill - Smoker or cardboard box into a cold smoker.

How to Make Home Made Sausage

Making sausage at home is easy and fun to do. You can create your very own gourmet Sausage today.

To Learn More about Making Homemade Sausage on Squidoo

Building A Cold Smoker Plans

Easy and Inexpensive Cold Smoker Plans

Do you want to smoke some Cheese? Then you need a Cold Smoker. Building a Cold smoker is quite simple once you understand the basics and know what to avoid.

Mainly, since you are cold smoking, you need to avoid heat. If you have a smoker unit already, then the heat source is more than likely inside the unit and no matter what you try, you end up with heat making cold smoking next to impossible, especially for an item like Smoked Cheese.

You need to keep the heat and smoke source separate from the smoking chamber. You can use a large cardboard box for the smoke room, if you are cold smoking, as there is no heat in the unit. Then on a heat source you can place a pan with your wood chips on a small burner. You place a lid on the pan that has a long flex tube that runs to the top of your cardboard box, you also need another hole for the smoke to exit the box, this is usually on the opposite side and near the bottom. There you have a simple, inexpensive cold smoker.

You could use an old tea kettle and run some flex pipe to the cardboard box or even build a nice wooden box for the smoke chamber.

These instructions are over simplified. If you are interested in building a cold smoker, just click - Building A Cold Smoker. You will find complete instructions and pictures.

Another Free set of Smoke House Plans

Get your free plans here

This is a more permanent type structure. You will build a wood framed smokehouse that is 6x8x8 with a gabled roof. The fire box is a separate unit. For the free pdf plans:

click here!

Smokehouse Tip # 3

Once the smoked meat is open keep it in the fridge, but don't cover with plastic it needs air.

Smokehouse in action - smoking red salmon

A must watch video if you want to understand what is involved in smoking your own food.

How To Make A Trash Can Smoker

Here is a Portable - Simple - Inexpensive Smoker Design

Recently my good friend Martin moved back to Kansas from LA. When he left, he took his smoker with him. This left me without access to a smoker. This is A Bad Thing. Smoked food is one of life's great pleasures. I decided that I need to make my own smoker.

Free Trash Can Smoker Plans


Trash can smokers are great. Here's a few helpful hints:

Drill at least 8, 1/2″ holes in the bottom below the fire grate and 8 in the lid. My first attempt was poorly ventilated and the fire kept going out. I then use aluminum foil plugs to cover the holes to regulate air flow and control temperature.

Season your trash can smoker before you actually put food in it. Get a rip roarin fire going to evaporate all the coating off the inside.

Definitely use a water tray between the food and the fire. It catches grease, keeps the trash can smoker humid and prevents flare-ups.

Get a $7 candy thermometer at a place like Bed Bath and Beyond, drill a small hole in your smoker and stick that baby in there. It's the best way to monitor the temperature

Adding To Your Smokehouse Library

No cook is complete without a great selection of cook books and no one that smokes food ever seems to have too many smoked food books. Here is a very nice selection of smoker cooking books that I personally like.

A Cajun Smoker

Here is my dream and project for later this winter ... will I be ready for spring?

You bet I will!

Smoked Food Is Not Trash

But you sure can get some dog gone good tasting food out of your trash can.

Smokehouse Tip # 4

You can warm smoked meat but be careful not to cook it. Simply cover with foil and heat in a low oven.

The Cajun Microwave

Where the Smokehouse meets the Barbecue Grill

Have you ever tried to put a 70 pound pig in your smoker? Tried to smoke cook a couple of Turkeys for dinner and still wanted to let the kids barbecue some dogs? I have and it does not work so well. The Cajun Microwave might just be the worlds greatest answer.

With the simple addition of some accessories you can slow smoke cook your favorite roast while grilling a few burgers and why not rotisserie cook a couple chickens at the same time.

To learn about the Cajun Microwave check out my Lens:

The Cajun Microwave Roasting Box today!

The StoveTop smoker is for all seasons and reasons

The idea of smoking your own foods might be appealing yet for many reasons, you do not feel its for you.

Perhaps you never fix enough food at once to make buying or building a smoker practical.

You only want to smoke foods a few times each year.

You prefer smoked foods when you are camping.

You want something that is quicker and easier.

There is a great answer if this is you ... Check out my Lens about

Stove Top Smoking Today!

Best Smoked Food - Locate the best restaurants and suppliers for smoked food

Windy City is a Pizza and Barbecue restaurant that serves the best of both worlds.

Oh the fantastic smell of real honest to goodness smoked food and in a restaurant.

A markerWindy City real smoked food -
35 Bovet Road San Mateo, CA 94402
get directions

Smokehouse Supplies

So you decided to build a smokehouse or a food smoker, now what? There are supplies you will need to operate your smoker and here are some of my favorite suppliers.

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Doc's Texas Smoked BBQ - Smoked BBQ and Burgers

Went to Sonora, Ca in the Sierra Foothills and made a wonderful discovery.

Going north on highway 49, on the left side of the road is a small rustic building that houses Doc's Texas Smoked BBQ.

Doc will even smoke up a special occasion for you including your Christmas turkey.

Some of the nicest folks I have met in a long time and the food was fantastic. If you are in the area, be sure to stop in at Doc's, you will be glad you did.

A markerFor Great BBQ and Burgers to a whole BBQ Cowboy feast. -
636 w. stockton road, sonora, ca. 95370
get directions

Smoker Feed Back - Lets hear from you ... Opinions, Wants, Needs or Loves

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      ArrowSheds 9 years ago

      What good ideas! Thanks for sharing

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      Barbeque_Rick 9 years ago

      D:I apologize but I post a bad link in my previous comment. You should go to How To Barbeque

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      Aika 9 years ago

      really cool lens. Perfect idea for family gatherings and parties! ^__^

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      Donna_Fallon 9 years ago

      HiyaCool 5 stars Lens!,Check This out - how to lose belly fat.Post Feedback :)Donna

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      QueDog 9 years ago

      WOW! Great lens! Very informative. When I grow up I want my lens to look like yours. Check out my first lens and share your critique.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You got me smoking, D! 5*s Excellent lens!

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      Manora1 9 years ago

      Good lens. The information about how to build a Smoke House is really fantastic. Great effort. I like this lens and rated 5*. Here is an equally similar kind of information site about Mobile Storage Buildings on Mobile Storage Buildings If you have time please step into this site to find more information about Mobile Storage Buildings.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      not enough info, im a woman trying to build a smoke house, what type of wood, what's the roof made of, questions like these need answers.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      not even close to enoff info on how to build it. or what material to use like for example what is the best wood of if wood at all is ok to use when building something that gets that hot . and you didn't tell us what kind of insulation that can be dangers you know !

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      rose08 8 years ago

      The device looks very attractive. Summer night, Food smoker,Little fire,Slow dancingHow sweet

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      tjar12 8 years ago

      I have had home smoked fish, venison and beef and it tastes great. I just have never tried it myself. Good info on making your own smokers.

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      nlwest21 8 years ago

      this is an awesome lens! my brother-in-law loves to smoke his food and would really enjoy this site! Thanks 5 stars for you!

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      MarketPipeline 8 years ago

      I love smoked salmon and sturgeon but I don't know if I would trust myself to do it. Great lens though, 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Yum----mee! Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination...woot! (

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Excellent, as usual. Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      RyanRE LM 8 years ago

      I loved smoked salmon and smoked cheeses! I have always used the Little Chief smokers, but it would probably be more fun to make my own. Nice lens!

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      Zizzerz 8 years ago

      Great post with lots of info. If your readers would like an easy method for making smoked ribs then please check out my short recipe.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a 8x8 wood building insulated with plywood inside walls. I am wanting to make a dehydrator that will smoke the meat at the same time to make deer jerky. what exactly do i need to do make it work for it's size to dehydrate a whole deers worth of jerky? Here is what i am thinking, put a fire fire pit in the building and burn hickory wood and hang tie wire and thread the meat through the wire. I'm not sure what i need to do from there. do i need a fan, thermostat and holes in the walls or what? If it was your building, what exactly would you do to make a extra large dehydrator? I want to dehydrate enough jerky at one time to last awhile. I would appreciate any info so i can get started....thanks

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      sugarchique 8 years ago

      Wowwee!! You are like the guru of smoking food. =D Thanks for all the helpful tips! It's so amazing how meat doesn't go bad for years when smoking.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love this lens, gave it a lens -roll! Thanks for all the how-to! 5*'s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      its 12 degrees out; and is most nights where I am. I have a smoker made from an old chest freezer in an upright position. It is within an insulated box. I am heating with a single electric burner; and just can't get the temperature I need (I am at 155 max.) Is there a way to increase the temperature with electricity that will bring me up to what I need? Dang thing works when its warm out just fine.

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      Dayle Medley 8 years ago

      [in reply to D. Termend] The description of your dilemma is good but there is a missing element. The freezer is inside an insulated box! Is there any space between the box and the freezer? If so, you could add more insulation all around the freezer.The next thing I would look at is adding another heating element. A combination of these two things should bring your temperature up to where you want it.

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      thanks for the info , i never seen a smoked house before.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a great lens! I love the barrel smoker on your blog - I'm thinking we need one of those bad boys :o) 5* and thanks for some awesome info!Http://

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      David Gardner 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow. What a compendium of great information. You've got my tummy growling for something to eat!

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      Smartshops 8 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information! 5*s from your friends at Smartshops!

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      Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens. I might just build a smoker this spring 5*!

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      very cool lens...I have a 10 year old barrel smoker, that I use all year long, and since I live in Minnesota and you can see me smoking beef ribs outside in -20 below zero know I am serious about smoking food...My smoker is close to falling apart, from age and I will definitely revisit this lens once it warms up here and have my hubby build me a new one...thanks for the info!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      To mysticmamaI recently built a double barrel smoker. I purchased the stove kit and extra dampers directly from Vogelzang (as two different sites intstructed). With my new smoker built I found the same stove kits in a Northern Tool catalog at about a 40% diccount. If you happen to make your next barrel smoker using the Vogelzang stove kit, I suggest looking in a Northern Tool catalog or looking on there website.

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      eaglew 8 years ago

      You have a great lens. I do like to cook, so I think this summer I may give the smoke house a try.Thanks for all great information.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Great lens on food smokers. Great pics too! Love the old fashioned barrel smokers. Reading this makes me want to trade in my propane grill and get back to real bar-b-que. Congrats on the Top 100!

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      jura 8 years ago

      Very good lens great information about the smokersa.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      do u have ail wholes under they fire in the barels

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      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      I loved smoked meat from our local butcher, I've often asked about building my own smoker and now I can!

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      DerlficKenter 8 years ago

      Hehe, very nice idea, i have no garden but if i had i would test to build a smoker ;-)

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens with a lot of detail. Thanks.

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      Dr_Rozno 8 years ago

      Congratulations! This lens is featured on PR-4 main page of The Coolest Squidoo Group

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      PeterAndrusak33 8 years ago

      Yes! Finally I can smoke the fish I caught myself. Can't wait to try it. Thanks a lot

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Full-Frame-DSLR 8 years ago I'm hankering for some good ribs.

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      Nijen 7 years ago

      o yeah get to smoking!

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      Artemus-Gordon 7 years ago

      Great lens!! We have been wanting to build a smoker and a dehydrator on our property and have been looking for info and plans for both.

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens! Congratulations on your purple star! :)

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      Twobit LM 7 years ago

      So it's almost midnight here and my stomach is growling for food, and I stumble on this lens. Now I'm hungry for meat, smokey meat. :)5*****!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Many thanks for ur info making people more happy by doing their own smoked food.Kind regards

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      catalina25 7 years ago

      Great lens! I love to smoke brisket!

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      OnlyFunStuff LM 7 years ago

      Who doesn't love that smokey flavor, you've inspired me 5*

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Food cooked in a smoker is truly delicious. The smoker brings out some of the natural taste of the food. Thanks for coming up with this lens. Got me interested to make my own smoker. If you got the time, do check my lens. Thanks again.

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      Brit303 7 years ago

      I love BBQ food, especially ribs. I imagine smoked food is as good. Thanks for the mouth-watering lens and all the information. Nice work!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really enjoyed learning How To Build A Food Smoker and lensrolling to 2 of my lenses: Pig Roast and Hog Hunting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice lens and information. I love smoked foods.Blessed by a Squid wishes to you.Susie

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Awesome Lens! I love smoked meat.

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      survivalgear 7 years ago

      Your Smoke House lens gives some great ideas for My-Survival-Gear lens viewers - thanks and keep enjoying your Smoking Habit!

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      Kimsworld LM 7 years ago

      My family has had a smokehouse ever since I can remember. My dad is not well these days, but he has taught me over the years the "how to's". This is a great lense. If you don't mind, I just want to say to someone who might not know, that you CANNOT use meat that has been forzen to make dried items (sausage, jerky etc...)

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      PetMemorialWorld 7 years ago

      Awesome lens - everything I was looking for about smokers. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lense. I created a lens about waterproofing of roofs. Check out my lense when you get a chance. All the best with your lens. Julian

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      BigFish1 7 years ago

      I just started learning about smoking food. I have been a big griller for years, and tried my hand at smoking fish (carp) with some success. This is a big step up, and now I know where to go to get my information.======================

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      jessicahoward 7 years ago

      this lens contain very informative detail about the food. So, thanks for the information and great job you are doing. keep going. thanks again

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      Urban_Globetrotter 7 years ago

      Hey nice work, great lens. Keep it up!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks again for posting my smoker builds DMedley. I'm still getting a lot of use out of both my smokehouse and drum. Cowgirl Jeanie...... CowgirlsCountryLife

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      J_Edwards 7 years ago

      I love to barbeque, which is why I found your lens. Great stuff!

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      ruthlessjohn 7 years ago

      great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      MADE ME VERY HUNRGY!!!! :)

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      grayth lm 7 years ago

      what a fantastic written and laid out lens. 5 stars..excellent resource and bbq

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      projecttemplate 7 years ago

      Really it's a great lens. Thanks a lot for some great suggestion. I thinks it's will very helpful for me.

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      sunnez 7 years ago

      How cool is this...can't wait to get started. Thanks for the "how to"

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      starlighthill 7 years ago

      Timely info; we were just talking about smoking ham and bacon from our pigs. Everything we need to know is gathered here. Definitely bookmarking this lens.

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      nelabai 7 years ago

      wow, great lens :)

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      johnsmythelinks 7 years ago

      Hi, I think this post has really an interesting subject. I like this lens. Every web master would like to have a link on this lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Excellent tutorial lens! We have a makeshift smokehouse in the backyard but it's not as great-looking as the ones in your photos (must rectify that immediately by following your instructions!) (: *blessed by an angel*

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      great advises ;)

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      pyngthyngs 7 years ago

      I am so going to build my own smokehouse after reading through this lens. WOW. Thanks for the information pointing my in the right direction.

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      surviving-2012 7 years ago

      Yumi, Yum. I'm hungry.

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      I like your lens and have added it to my favorites.I make my own Jerky and sausage and plan to write a lens about it. I'll link to you then

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      want to make money???convert your pc to atm machine...get paid $10/click on new ptc sites and $100/email read on new ptr sites...just go to and follow instructions...thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These are amazing! I can not believe how easy it is to make a simple smoker

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Hubby and I truly enjoyed reading all about food smokers on here. I've got the terracotta flower pot smoker on my to-do list for this summer. This article is featured in an upcoming post on Several of your Revver vids are not working ;(

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Brings back many memories. "Smoke house" was a commonly heard word (and sight) back in my day. :)

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      pinkrenegade lm 7 years ago

      interesting ..

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      kohuether lm 7 years ago

      I am very intrigued by the idea of having my own smokehouse! I currently don't have the space, but some day...

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      martialartstraining 7 years ago

      Those are great looking food smokers, I have always kind of wanted one. Though I wonder, which of those would be best for making smoked salmon.

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      TransWealth 6 years ago

      Mmm i love smokehouse meat :-)Great blog! Very detailed and extensive. This is like a complete step-by-step guide on how to create your own backyard smokehouse. clearance furniture

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      billyrayd 6 years ago

      What a great lens, I use to visit a family up in Washington State that had a smoker. They smoked the most delicious fish and deer meat. After reading your lens, I am going to try to build one on my own.

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      Diana J. Limjoco 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Hey great lens. I learned a lot. Thanks!

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      EliteChicagoLim1 6 years ago

      Inspiring lens. Thanks for sharing the experience and info!Chicago Limousine

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      furyon45 6 years ago

      Hello! Great Lens i give 5 stars + favorite check my site and give 5 stars + favorite if you wann + leave comment. Thx Jurica

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great info! thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love to eat...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens!.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. thanks for sharing.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      I get the idea of living in the forest. Good job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Has anybody ever built a smoker out of an old refrigerator

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      AslanBooks 6 years ago

      Love it. There's nothing like good smoked meat.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am not a smoker myself, but I have a young nephew who is an artist at smoking food. Wish he lived a little closer to me.

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      JVandewalker LM 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens! If you are intereseted in eating some tasty smoked fish, come find the best fish smoker information, and where to buy the highest quality fish smokers online.

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      Sami4u LM 6 years ago

      Hi,My grandpa had a smoker. He used it for everything from carp, to the Thanksgiving turkey. I sure do miss that food. Brings back great memories.

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      AdrenalineFreak 6 years ago

      Great lens...I love smoked meat

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      abercrombie1892net 6 years ago

      This is a valuable lens. More worthy of your viewing and necessary:Leisure, Funky and Chic Abercrombie & Fitch clothing & AccessoriesDon't wear clothes sleeping four benefitsChristmas recommend commodities

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      SubtleMoon 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. Nice use of images too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I didn't know building a smokehouse or smoker was relatively easy. I've lusted after one for years, never thinking I could make my own. This is going to be my next biggish outdoors project. Thank you

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      SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

      Our house is very old and in the attic we have a smoke room it was traditional for people to smoke their own food at home. Now it is just used as a storeroom what a waste. I wish I knew how to use it.

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      Charlystoybox 6 years ago

      Great lens! I'd love to make my own smoked slamon:)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Back to read some more, you have such great info on here...just wanted you to know the link for the free ebook (Build Your Own Smokehouse) was not working, shoot!

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      jbauer0318 6 years ago

      I love smoked meats and cheese. I have an offset smoker but I haven't practiced enough yet to perfect smoking chickens and ribs and such.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the taste of the smoke taste in my foods. I did not know that you can create a smoker that easily, maybe my father can do it for me. Good lens, keep up the good work!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Great lens some really useful information, food does taste better smoked. You have given me ideas, move over shed, I'm having a food smoker. Great stuff.

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      Good information - loved smoked BBQ but never tried it myself.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I own my own business..I been looking for this info a long time thanks

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Wonderful! Smoked goose is a tradition in my family going way back. So hard to find, have to do your own, with current standards in view.

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      ensign16 6 years ago

      This is a nice lens! What an invention! Keep it up my friend.

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      bt55 6 years ago

      Great information! I also remember smokehouses from when I was growing up. Lots of people had them in rural areas, and they produced incredible smoked foods. Well Done. i invite you to view my lenses as well.

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      Joe McGuire 6 years ago

      I am so building one of these when I purchase property and build. I love smoked foods.

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      GrinPa 6 years ago

      Terrific lens! Been smoking in my store bought unit for years, but these ideas will improve on that. I was born in Sonora and live a few hours from there...will check Doc's out soon. Thanks!

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      joelo_32 6 years ago

      Heyyy this is nice I love smocke houses thanks a lot !!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice informative lens. Well done.

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      SquidooEconomy 6 years ago

      W O W man I ve never seen so much info about smokers gathered in one place and again W O W well done

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      fitzwise 6 years ago

      Excellent information. I will use your instructions to make my own smoker. Thanks a lot

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      Great Information.

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      Margaret Schaut 6 years ago from Detroit

      Blogged, liked and favorited. Useful and inspiring page for us do-it-yourselfers!

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      gregprince 6 years ago

      This is an awesome lens! I am bookmarking this lens so when I finally find the time time to build me a smoker, I have plenty of options. Great info

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      FastpitchFan 6 years ago

      Great lens. I always wanted to build a real smoke house like we used to have. Love that smoked flavor and aroma of smoking meats.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I think you've covered the topic of smokers in a complete andfabulous way. I am now craving smoked turkey.

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      Jereme Causing 6 years ago from Philippines

      Smokin Good! haha I like it

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      polly72 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens looks like summer project

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens!! I have had a lot of memories with my brick oven and if I had the space I would love a smokehouse.cheers,Artigiano

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Several of the men in my family love their smokers and smokehouses and they're quite handy at smoking delicious poultry and pork all year 'round ... I really enjoy the end results!

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      edgesavvycoaching 6 years ago

      great lens. thanks for sharing

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      thetruthtosixpackabs 6 years ago

      great lens although I think I will just purchase one.

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      fadibody 6 years ago

      Nice lens!Keep sharing.buckhead personal trainer

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      blueangel85 6 years ago

      Awesome lens ! I will try to build one myself !

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      I think I want a smoke house.. great idea and lens...

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      bowfishing lm 6 years ago

      I didn't see any pictures of the old MR. Chief smoker. Any knowledge if they are still in production? Just reading your lens brought me back to a time in my childhood when grandpa would smoke fresh samon or trout that we had just caught.

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I remember reading about smokers in the Little House stories. Giving this an angel blessing.

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      SandraKS 6 years ago

      I'm starving..just by reading your lens. Great information. This is the first time I heard of a lot of type of smoker. I'm only familiar with one the texas style smoker Bar-b-que.And also, foods are really tempting sometimes we ate a lot and forget about our figure. If you are interested, here is some info about facial exercise.

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the helpful info! I used a smoker for the first time over Super Bowl weekend and the food turned out great!

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      tobejim 6 years ago

      I didn't realise there was so much to it!

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      Eleni Bat 6 years ago from Greece

      Now I'm hungry...

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      squidoofreak 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing...very interesting and nice lense

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      I think I can smell your smokehouse...:)

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      moneyloveandcha 6 years ago

      Very interesting! Thank you for sharing :)

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      franksms 6 years ago

      I have always toyed with the idea of a personal smokehouse, I am now going to give it a try.

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      yum yum lokks great probably smell great and i know its going to taste great... i might have a go and make one well done i love it

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      really nice lens we do a lot of fish smokin up here in MN

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      Nice informative lens. Thanks for the info.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Great lens! I am going to check out Doc's since I am a Californian. My sister often had smoked turkey for Christmas, and of course smoked salmon is delicious. The subject is great, and it is inspirational to me as a Squidoo writer, as I really appreciate your thoroughness and style.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      I had one made out of an old refrigerator that worked well too. Nice lens!

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      denilugito 6 years ago

      Barbecue will looks nice and easy if its done using that...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am looking for some feedback, I curently have a texas style smoker and I am also a pipefitter /metal fabricator Pressure cookers are wonderful for tenderizing forcing juice and flavor into the piece of meat and cooking it faster, I have designed and am starting on the prototype of a pressure smoker using an electric motor drivin type of turbo charger in between the firebox and the smoking vessel a couple of check valves here and there and some other metering valves i will make the vessel out of 3/16 316 stainless steel and it will seal and have camlocks for easy opening and holding pressure I am not sure what p.s.i. I will have the system running at and i figure once the fire is going i will be able to use very wet wood and it will burn very well since i can control air drawn into firebox pressurize it as i draw it out pipe it to the vessel with the meat through a check valve then meter the air released from the pressurized vessle at a lower rate than i am running it at bam pressurized smoker I want feedback criticism and after i run the first few hams and turkeys i want orders for your own pressure smoker kenny hampton escondido calif 92025

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      ftyre76 lm 6 years ago

      Awesome post! Drool....

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      Ayngel Overson 6 years ago from Crestone, Co

      Amazing lens, and yummy to boot. Hubby and I have dreamed of a smoker but had no idea it was that easy. "Oh honey.... I have a job for you!!!" He says to tell you thanks a lot :) Happy Arpil Experts day!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      I wish I had a smoker at my garden because I love any smoked food (sausages or cheese) even smoked beer!Unfortunately, the place I live is not appropriate for such a builing :( .

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      beardedman 6 years ago

      Wow, my mouth was watering thinking of all the great things that could be made. Building a smoke house may just be a project that I take on this spring!

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      divingstar 6 years ago

      what's that damn thing , i didn't understand

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      What a delicious looking lens

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      tomwjr 6 years ago

      Fantastic! Thank you for putting this lens together!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks to be on Squidoo for sharing your knowledge. Please PRAY FOR JAPAN

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      CanalBoat 6 years ago

      I love the idea of a permanent smokehouse. I'm currently using a portable electric water smoker for my occasional hit of smokiness - but to be able to go out the back door, open up another door onto a world of hams, brisket, duck and goose is just moiuth watering - thanks DM for an excellent lens

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the Sharing on Squidoo. PRAY FOR JAPAN Please for a noble cause

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      cheeseshop 6 years ago

      We have one like that at home. I just so love cooking. cheese shop

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      Snakesmom 6 years ago

      What a very interesting lens. Thanks for sharing all this information about how to build a smoker, very helpful!

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      janicechastain 6 years ago

      Ummmm sounds delicious!!! Thanks for showing us how to build a smoker. Makes me want to build one right away!

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      LOVE smoked meats! So tempted to try and build a smoker. Thanks for posting this one! Really enjoyed reading it.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Very interesting. Thanks for all of the tips!

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Nicely-made lens on building smoke houses and smokers. We have a Texas Style Smoker, but we only use it a few times a year. Nothing like a good, smoked brisket and BBQ beans on the 4th of July and Memorial Day! We watch old war movies all day while the aroma from the smoker slowly seeps into our house. By the end of the day I am teary-eyed from the movies and the smoke (and from a full belly)! Thank you for sharing your Naughty Salmon Dip recipe. I am going to try it very soon!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good job. I've got idea to make one.

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      2143 6 years ago

      Good lens! I just LOVE smoked food, so maybe i'll make one =)

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      zoeydee 6 years ago

      Wow, this lens made me drool. I think chicken is my favorite thing to cook on my gas grills, gonna try out some of your ideas for sure!

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      Traderski 6 years ago

      Great Information! Just what I was looking for.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This lens is awesome I may have to build one of these.

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      achraf lm 6 years ago

      this lens is going straight to my father; he would love to build something like that in the garden!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love smoked black forest ham, squid angel blessing.

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      pyuevil 6 years ago

      This blog was very nicely Grills written, and it also carries a lot of useful facts. There is nothing to make me say thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lots of cheese shop are available to buy this kind of grill in our kitchen

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      mukeshdaji 6 years ago

      I absolutely love barbequing, one of the very few things I haven't done is smoke meat, therefore this lens is going to come in very handy when I start, thanks for making this lens.

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      marckq 6 years ago

      Thank you so very much, this is a wonderful lens. I've been planning to build a smoke house, but did not have the know-how. I'm grateful for the information you shared, now I can smoke ham. I'll send you a picture when we're done building. Thanks a lot again.

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      inboundmarketingexpert 6 years ago

      Aesome lens. I never thought of making a smoke house. But this has made me interesting. Nice and informative lens

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      TodDemuth LM 6 years ago

      The best meal I have ever tasted was when I was rebuilding a piano on site for a couple who operated a hog farm - the smoke house ham and the German hot cabbage salad, I could just go on. The smoke house was just part of the operation.I may have to go and build my own smoke house now - memories only go so far. Thanks for the know how! Nice job with the lense!

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      olpampam 6 years ago

      Try smoked pork. So delicious.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great info for the beginer or experienced smoker alike!!! Ive been smoking meat, fish, poultry, and veggies for many years in a couple retail smokers, one a Weber, the other of unknown brand. One of my favs is brats first boiled in a beer you would drink, poking a few holes in the linings to allow the beer in, then smoked over water soaked hickory chips/charcoal and medium heat for around 2 to 3 hours (to taste). Serve with smoked onion and garlic cooked in a bit of butter or oil in an open foil container as the brats smoke, and your choice of spicy brown mustard or other condiments and of course, the ice cold beverage of choice. Pilsner, light, ????

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      Gerald McConway 6 years ago

      Perfect post as I am getting my grill ready for the dog days of summer, thanks!

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      Serj 6 years ago

      Very cool! I think I'm going to try making that double barrel smoker

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      thanks for the handy tips. A real true smokehouse happens to be on my list of DIY projects in the next couple of years...

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      LikinTrikin LM 6 years ago

      You've got me hooked !! Always wanted to try my hand at this and you made it sound do-able.....Great lens...well written and full of wonderful info and sites... LIKED & BLESSED

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      Shanir LM 6 years ago

      interesting lens :)

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      Beautifully done!

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      pmccraken 6 years ago

      Very Infomative lens. Thanks

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      Smoking food makes it taste so much better!

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      wendygaga 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I love smoked food.

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      noland1977 6 years ago

      I love smoked food and have always thought about building my own smoker. The "Cowgirls Drum" smoker was pretty cool looking and would be great for traveling, but I think I'd like something a bit more permanent for home.

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      Ronlove LM 6 years ago

      I love smoked food as well this lens has made me hungry very good!

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      samsipet 6 years ago

      great stuff here

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      nelcea 5 years ago

      ummm... it all looked good. I am no smoker. but i love some good barbque.

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      allialso 5 years ago

      This is something that I really want to do this summer!

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      Stephen Carr 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      Fantastic lens. I can just smell that smoker!ga

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      Until a few months ago, I thought smoked food was gross. Then I met a friend who home smokes everything and I changed my mind. He even smokes onions before frying them for burgers! Great lens; very informative with good pictures.

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      Great post..Thanks

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      winedirectory 5 years ago

      Great lens. Fine a perfect wine here to go with the smoked food.

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      oceans18 5 years ago

      I want to give you a star, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I enjoyed the article.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Great lens makes me want to cook something on the smoker...RWJR

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      davidcam 5 years ago

      Seems really very good...Great lens

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      Light-in-me 5 years ago

      Yummy, I can almost smell it now!Nice lens,Robin :)

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      pippin1212 5 years ago

      yes that sounds yummy

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      cmaethom1991 5 years ago

      Mmmm makes me want some smoked salmon right now. Informative lens, thanks:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well we are here to help make sure you can offer the best quality smoked foods in your business to help you succeed in all you can with your food services. For this reason we have created this Bradley Smokers guide or information article to help you find the right Bradley smoker for your business needs. dehydrator

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      Wow...great lens....

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      Wow...great lens....

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      wow great

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      dotsonr 5 years ago

      I love my electric water smoker, but always felt like it was cheating. I'm not quite ready for a smokehouse, but maybe a charcoal smoker? Great article!

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      BarbecueGrills 5 years ago

      I have a Traeger Grill that I just love for smoking things. You lens is super informative of all the different ways to smoke. Super job!

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      Love your lens...and love smoked grandpa used to smoke ham under a wooden barrel using corn cobs and very little heat...thanks for sharing!

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      pantar 5 years ago

      Just what I was looking for! Thanks.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      great lens......i enjoyed your lens!!!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      great lens......i enjoyed your lens!!!

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      FiveStarEducationalToys 5 years ago

      We live in a circa 1890s farmhouse and the original smokehouse, made of stone, stands just feet from the back door. Reading your lens makes me want to haul the gardening equipment out of it and use it to smoke some meat.Great lens!

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      easpegren 5 years ago

      Great lens. Nothing better than smoked meat.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      again visiting your lens..............wonderful job done!!!

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      SquidooProductReviews 5 years ago

      These look great.

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      Laura45 LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for such the informative and thorough information you share here about Food Smokers. Liked and Rated Extremely Helpful.

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      gamercameo 5 years ago

      Great smoking lens. I will try it.

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      Tagsforkids 5 years ago

      Great lens. I wish i had room for a larger smoker, but for now get by with my little water smoker. It's some work, but well worth it in the end. Thanks for the info on building one.

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      tuliprose lm 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens, amazing! I love the taste of smoked foods but can't see myself smoking any time soon.

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      crudeoilsystems 5 years ago

      quite interesting if you have enough space to build one, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awesome ideas, I love viewing stuff like this. If you like to browse as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      jonessc 5 years ago

      Those are some great ideas! You'd have to be a serious griller and smoker to set some of these up! Love it!

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      Steve Jones 5 years ago from Birmingham UK

      A truly wonderful and useful lens. I never knew smoke houses existed !

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      Ownage1808 5 years ago

      Im going to try and build this for my mums birthday

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      BlountyBoy 5 years ago

      i LOVE smoked food!

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      OCrealestate 5 years ago

      My brother would absolutely love this. Going to email it to him.Smoked food is awesome!

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      Nice!!!! I've already forwarded it to my husband!!!

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      DimitriPreacher 5 years ago

      Really cool! Maybe some day :)

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Much better than the one I tried to build.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Everyone needs a good smoker. Food is a very basic necessity and to preserve meat will be important when the electricity is off.Already we have had the power out twice for a week at a time due to storms.The fridge and freezer only can stay cold so long.Great info to know and apply. ...and who doesn't like smoked meat!

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      Davidfstillwagon 5 years ago

      What a great idea and lens!

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Great lens, thumb up

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      What a great project.

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      TOXIGON 5 years ago from Everywhere

      I am starving and you speak about this, anyway I love smoked cheese, seriously.

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      ciwash 5 years ago

      Great stuff here. We used alder chips for salmon and smelt and, as a child, I thought smoked smelt was better than candy.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      This lens is off the chainnnnnnn! IT is a great day in squidoo land when I read a lens about smokehouses. Brings back memories for me too. Thanks for sharing and epic work on smoke houses.

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      SIALicenceUK 5 years ago

      love the BIG BABY! great lens

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      kjbranch77 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! A lot of info and helpful tips

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      kjbranch77 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! A lot of info and helpful tips

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      ramapati 5 years ago

      great lens

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      drug2340 5 years ago

      Nice Collection!!Thank you so much for sharing.Amazing!!. If anyone want to get the more information about How to pass a drug test. Click on this hyperlink.

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      Anderotin 5 years ago

      I am very impressed with your project. Thank you!

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      Bakersgas 5 years ago

      Great lens, I found the information on welding a smoker very interesting. Keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can't beat the taste of smoked meat, I really enjoyed the information

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      travelerme 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      kworld 5 years ago

      This has gotten me motivated

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      h2ofs1 5 years ago

      WE have a place here in Scotland called Arbroath that do some amazing smoked haddock!Arbroath Smokies are to die for! Great lens

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago mouth is watering. I've gotta build one, but in the meantime when can I come for dinner?

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      Ken McVay 5 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia

      Awesome lens! I've spent the morning looking for informative stuff about BBQ, and your lens is the first one I've found that isn't overly commercialize and IS informative. Great piece of work! Blessed.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Cool idea, would be great to smoke some rainbow trout...

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      Not sure I'm gonna build one, but this reminds me of some great grilling with wood chips

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      rangiiria 5 years ago

      Smoked food is delicious.

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      GGGMarketing 5 years ago

      Great lens about smoking food!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Return Visitor. USEFUL Lens!

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      Jeimuzu-san 5 years ago

      Love me a bit of smoked haddock... I may try this eventually so i can do a comparison between home smoked fish vs supermarket smoked fish...

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      electro35 lm 5 years ago

      never thought they make these. Thanks for the info

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I totally want to build one of those small smokers :) The Texas grill is ideal!!! Blessed!

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      pattywatty8 5 years ago

      My mouth is watering. I have a friend who has one of these, and boy he makes some very good ribs.

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      Filmaker 5 years ago

      Very smart lens

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I know that Jamaicans use trash cans for jerk chicken, it gives it that great taste and helps seal in the flavor. I prefer more conventional style smokers but I've seen some traditionalists use wood smokers too.

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      Oh my husband would love one of these, I have just posted it to his facebook page! Great lens x

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      Coopstar 5 years ago

      My stomach just started growling after reading this lens. This may be a good summer project!

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      Great lens tnx

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      theCNAtraining 5 years ago

      wow! smoking food tastes so good! I had a friend and his father always did a big cook out using a large barrel as the smoker and the meat that came out this thing was excellent!! great lens

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      I love smoked ribs and smoked turkey! I wouldn't trade my smoker for anything

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      tradedealer 5 years ago

      still learning how to smoke. i have similar to "big baby" (above). I can prepare amazing chicken, but fish... :)

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for creating this wonderfully informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      nigel7725 5 years ago

      Great information on how to build your very own smoker or smokehouse.

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      bbires 5 years ago

      Nice lens, great imfo

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      vaibhavvibhute 5 years ago

      nice man......

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      jdwdrmr 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, lots of info.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      Some very good info here for anyone looking to build a smokehouse. I have been thinking about it, but truthfully, I've never tasted smoked meat before, so that might be a good idea first!

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      the cowgirl smokehouse rocks!

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      I love to smoke food. mostly I do fish, like king mackerel and then make a smoked fish dip. Great lens. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      smarthomes lm 5 years ago

      @biminibahamas: Its meat for me my friend. Nothing beats the sausage and the ribs ;)

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      I love to smoke cheese, in stocking it is so delicious. Unfortunatelly I don't have any place where to build smoker.

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      alex89 lm 5 years ago

      nice lens, I've been wanting a cold smoker for a while, but I live in an apartment so that restricts me a bit

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Interesting and informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @getwellsoon: Thanks!

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      That cowgirl drumsmoker looks easy enough and more importantly, compact enough for me to do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @CameronPoe: due...just use liquid smoke. We dumped Wrights and are using CedarHouse all natural hickory liquid smoke. can get it on or

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      amythomson187 5 years ago

      I love BBQ's but a smoker takes it too a whole new level... i want one! Amy x

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      amythomson187 5 years ago

      I love BBQ's but a smoker takes it too a whole new level... i want one! Amy x

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      MHicks 5 years ago

      The cowgirl homemade smoker is interesting, it rocks!

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      Ebbsoh 5 years ago

      really nice lens. i like to smoke salmon. its the best!

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      bjesparza 5 years ago

      I would love to have one of these

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      webpromotica 5 years ago

      really nice one can find great stuffs at

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      The only food I like smoked is fish...I've never thought of making your own smoker, such a good idea!

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      robertwillams 5 years ago

      Wonderfull lens:)

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      createpink 5 years ago

      I wish I had some right now!! Great info. Hubs wants to trade his smoker in for a smoke house now :)

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      miha188 5 years ago

      Wow great!Dance

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      miha188 5 years ago

      Wow great!Dance

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      SerenaHitchens 5 years ago

      Nice lens! This is really interesting. Smoking is a preservation technique that i learn when I took my food handling course.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      My brother-in-law smokes brisket and it is wonderful! I think that I need to build a smoker for use at The Micro Farm. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Larry50 LM 5 years ago

      I smoke a lot of ribs and pork butts on my home smoker but I'd like to build a smokehouse so I can smoke larger pieces of meat and also try out my hand at smoked sausage.

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting this lens!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Interesting, thanks!

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      PhotographicStu 4 years ago

      Thank you this is a great lens!

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      smaraymond 4 years ago

      My husband is dying for a smoker. He can't settle on a storebought one-so many to choose from. Wait til I throw this information into the mix. His head will explode. Thanks for the informative lens.

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      bosanska-kuhinja 4 years ago

      Loved your lens. In Bosnia it's a tradition to smoke cure meat - however, that's all we do. We don't really add any sauces or "bbq" the smoked meat, it's just curing for keeping and eating in the cold winter.I find your additions to this long-standing tradition quite inspiring and I will be attempting some of your suggestions in my own smoke house in the neat future.Thanks again!

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      thangngo88 4 years ago

      can banoh very good...

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      kamrul-hasan-3760 4 years ago

      thank you

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      kamrul-hasan-3760 4 years ago

      thank you

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      kamrul-hasan-3760 4 years ago

      good for health

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      kamrul-hasan-3760 4 years ago

      good for health

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      simi007 4 years ago

      oh nyceeeeeee

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      ericstrate 4 years ago

      I'll have to give this a shot next summer :)

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      maritom226 4 years ago

      Wow! I've learned something very essential here...My husband loves BBQ and grill foods and I am missing so much our Smoked Fish being called "Tinapa" so I might try to convince my husband to make me something like this so I can taste the delicious outcome ot either meat or fish...Thanks a lot for sharing this great idea.

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      samwhiteviz 4 years ago

      Its an excellent story about smoke, well define with picture thanks for sharing

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      ToneyWernsman 4 years ago

      Great guide... I love smokin' some ribs!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sounds like something to try

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      ManualMustafaa 4 years ago

      I'll have to try making one of these next summer :)

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      bezabeza 4 years ago

      Being from the UK this is a fascinating insight into something very culturally important to some people in some parts of the USA..... I really like that you, and people who've commented, are so passionate about Smoke Houses :)

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      craftycollector 4 years ago

      The smoke houses look wonderful Around here, in Jura mountains, many people do have smoke houses and they smoke their own ham and smoked sausages. These look great, and very interesting.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      great lens love this!

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      D_L_Harbin 4 years ago

      I love smoked meat, great lens.

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 4 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Hi, I really like your lens. In fact I'm going to add this as a link within my BBQ DRY RUB lens, I hope you will consider reciprocating the love. Thanks! Cindy

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      DaveBoogy 4 years ago

      sweet looking smokers! Now I'm officially starving for some BBQ. I just might have to build one of these bad boys, so thanks for all the great info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i am inspired from your lens and going to built a smoke house

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      timo5150 lm 4 years ago

      Your intro picture looks a lot like the smokehouse we use to have when I was kid in Alaska. Best smoked meat I have ever had. I am so glad my uncle taught me the correct way to smoke meat. Is a great skill to have. Thanks for sharing.

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      peanutcat 4 years ago

      My Dad had a small smoker using wood shavings - and his smoked fish is legendary in the small town of Benoni in South Africa.

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      peanutcat 4 years ago

      My Dad's smoked fish in a small smoker using wood shavings is legendary in Benoni, South Africa.

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      My dad smokes stuff all the time. So yummy. Great lens.

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      mitchelyhuntes 4 years ago

      very interesting... nice work

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      longbitbeard 4 years ago

      I love smoked foods. It's a great way to preserve meat, too. The only thing keeping me from eating more are the health consequences. Great lens by the way!

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      Howcanigetagirl 4 years ago

      I love smoky food - very interesting lens, thanks for sharing!

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      Didijudy 4 years ago from Canada

      Getting hungry just thinking of smoked's so tasty! Thanks for sharing.

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      fordcommander 4 years ago

      good idea, i might try it :)

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      amitsarkar lm 4 years ago

      Great Idea shared here...

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      sjewula 4 years ago

      Very informative. Thanks for sharing. Great lens

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      john-dewitt-7 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! I'm hungry now!

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      bloggermarketer 4 years ago

      Nice ide about Smokehouse Combination :)... Gorden Kreatif Semarang.

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      SurvivalFood1 4 years ago

      Oh wow, this is awesome. We smoke our own bacon and other meats in a small smoker grill... I am bookmarking your lens for when we're ready to expand and make our own smokehouse.

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      rdcbizz 4 years ago

      great lens on smoker

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      TwistedWiseman 4 years ago

      When I lived in the country most households owned a smoker house, but nothing like I see here, they were pretty much Chimney holes with a rod in the middle where you hang your meat to smoke.

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      pretyfunky 4 years ago

      Great Idea s

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      Karamerica 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try! Love smoked salmon & albacore!

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      outdoorprojects 4 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      outdoorprojects 4 years ago

      I enjoy writing about building various things and found your lens to be enjoyable and right up my alley!

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      MomOnTheGo LM 4 years ago

      I love BBQ! I am going to put this lens in front of my husband and see if he gets the hint... : )

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      mjb13815 4 years ago

      Nice I really like the texas style bbq grill

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      foodstoragegal 4 years ago

      A great read

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      mwiener 4 years ago

      Very interesting read..

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      mikewaz lm 4 years ago

      Great lens! You sure covered all the bases. I started out by smoking my own salmon after getting a pretty sorry batch from the local smokehouse. Since then I've done just about everything except a ham or turkey but it's on my list.

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      SteenBiilmann LM 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!! I bought a small smoke box a couple of years ago to smoke fish (mainly hering and makrel), but I think I will try to use the bbq for a bit of taste adding via smoke as well. Thanks for the tips:-)

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      ManfromModesto LM 4 years ago

      What is the optimal time in which to eat meat after it enters the smoke house?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your work is very good and I appreciate you and hopping for some more informative posts. Thank you for sharing great information to us. I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me and for my companyRotary

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      myoyster1957 4 years ago

      Have to build myself one of these!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      Awesome plans... It's given me something to do this summer and also something else I can look into. Thanks. I'll be going for the more portable kind though...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I built a gas wood chip smoker by marrying a old 60x60 wall oven to a 3 burner gas barbeque

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Nice lens. We had a smoke house back on the farm.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      A really helpful lens...

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      rangerovercommander 4 years ago

      you have created a nice lens, i like it

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      zee-macmillan 4 years ago

      Very helpful, good article!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very helpful. Been looking to get one, and it seems there's a lot more to them...

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      Very instructive. Thanks.

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Hi, This is so cool. I showed this lens to some mates and it's got them fired up, so to speak. I'm adding your lens to my favourites bar for future reference. Thanks.

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      trinimatt 4 years ago

      Great lens, very informative

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Have just forwarded this lens to me husband. Thanks.

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      lauxeck 4 years ago

      Smoked Cheese... that ought to be delicious homemade, I'll definitely try this at home! Now let's get some action for this weekend :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      This was the mind of my mother before she passed away. We never got a chance to build her a smoke house but I did have to build a shed. Great Lense!

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      univstats 3 years ago

      Make me hungry :) Thanks for useful information!

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      Excellent lens... thanks for the information

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      great piece of information

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      chat2vishakha 3 years ago

      Very informative post.Thanks for sharing this information.

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      wdeal1 3 years ago

      Wow this sure brings back old memories My grand dad had a smoke house like this when I was small I remember how great the fish and meats tasted and I am over 80 now

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      Vantis 3 years ago

      Cool :) I thought these things are out of fashion, and they are no longer available.

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      dannym92 3 years ago

      150 bills

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      dannym92 3 years ago

      @chat2vishakha: $1 dollar days

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      Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

      This is good stuff Dayle. My father in law had a smokehouse when my wife was young on the dairy farm. She still tells me great stories about the good old days. This is something I have always wanted to learn as I enjoy cooking. JimHouston33

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      I love smoked food, it so yummy.

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