We were very excited to be able to build our smokehouse for only $27 by using hardwood pallets and other re-purposed materials. Thankfully, we get a lot of leftover and used materials and items from Mtn Man’s work in construction. It is amazing what people throw out that is still useful. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Much of our homestead has been build for very little money because of this exact concept.
Living on a mountainside came in handy for this project because our driveway had to be cut out of the mountain, leaving us a perfect place to be able to set up the wood stove lower than the smokehouse.
We started by digging out an area for the stove to sit, as well as a ditch for the stovepipe to run from the stove into the smokehouse. The distance from where the stovepipe hooked into the stove to where it came up into the smokehouse was 10 feet because that should allow us to do either hot smoking or cold smoking.
The stove we used was laying out behind my in-laws house rusting, not having been used for years. Besides the missing front window in one of the doors and some broken legs it was in working order. We removed all the legs and eventually covered the window hole with some scrap metal.
We got the wood stove into position and then hooked up the stovepipe. We made sure it had support underneath it all along the ditch. Parts of the stovepipe were purchased, and other parts were left-over or re-used.
Once everything was secure and where we wanted it we back-filled in over the pipe and stove.
Now that we had the source of smoke ready, it was time to build the smokehouse itself. We used 16 hard-wood pallets for the framing, to make board and batten siding, and for the door. There were some miscellaneous pieces left-over from the pallets as well.
We used the thicker pieces of pallet wood for the rafters and a left-over piece of metal roofing as the roof.
Mtn Man also bent some leftover gutter coil for the metal drip edge.
The main cost for the project was the box of screws we purchased for assembling the smokehouse. The hinges for the door were ones we already had. We also put screws in the roof rafters to use as hooks for hanging the meat.
And we love using antlers from Mtn Man and Young Man’s hunting for handles.
Then Mtn Man made some stairs with a leftover pressure treated 8×8 so we can easily get up and down from the smokehouse.
We are so happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to try it out! We will let you know how it goes.