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16 File Cabinet Smokers-Turn An Old File Cabinet Into A Meat Smoker

A file cabinet smoker is a useful way to recycle an old metal file cabinet. A typical four-drawer metal cabinet is ideal for recycling into an outdoor smoker and cooker. You can easily adjust the amount of heat in these homemade cookers so they can smoke meat and/or cook meat. And the size makes them perfect for cooking and smoking for a large crowd. Metal filing cabinets also come in two-drawer sizes and are great for recycling into smaller smokers. Check out these innovative ideas for creating a file cabinet smoker and get busy making yourself one this weekend. You may also like to see diy smoker , diy rocket stoves, diy pizza ovens, and smokehouse plans.

1- Temperature Controlled Meat Smoker

Create a cheap and easy temperature controlled meat smoker with this YouTube video tutorial. Ideal for those who only need a small smoker for meats or making jerky. The electric heating element in the bottom and outside mounted thermostat and controller make this smoker easy to use.

A two drawer file cabinet is used for this design but a three drawer could also be used so more meats could be smoked at the same time.

The electric heating element at the bottom makes this smoker safe to use inside since there are no open flames to worry about.

If you have an old, unused electric stove with a good heating element and a two drawer file cabinet, this DIY project will cost you almost nothing. Hunters will appreciate the ability to make  meat jerky from animals they harvest during hunting season in this temperature-controlled meat smoker.

2- Wood File Cabinet Smoker

This is awesome for people who enjoy throwing large backyard BBQs for family and friends! The large drawers allow lots of food to be cooked and smoked at the same time. This free video will show you how to build your own smoker from an old file cabinet and be able to feed a crowd.

Wood File Cabinet Smoker

3- $20 File Cabinet Smoker

Nothing pleases a hungry crowd better than BBQ meat and a large smoker can get the job done. However, large commercial smokers are expensive, but a large homemade smoker like this one can be made for $20. Amaze your friends and feed a crowd when you follow this instructional video for building an inexpensive DIY file cabinet smoker.

DIY file cabinet smoker

4- Little File Cabinet Smoker

This is an ideal companion to the family grill. Perfect for smoking enough meat to feed the family and a friend or two while using the BBQ grill or stove top for vegetable side dishes. Easy to build with these detailed instructions and the small size makes it easy to use in small backyard spaces and for storing when not in use.

Get the instructions for this diy smoker at Instructables 

Little File Cabinet Smoker

5- Facebook File Cabinet Smoker

This intriguing and informative video that was posted on Facebook  and shows how to build a cabinet smoker. With well over 3 million views so far, the builder of the Facebook smoker certainly knows how to create an inexpensive and highly effective smoker from a recycled file cabinet. Watch this video so you can learn tips and tricks from a DIY pro and consider making your own Facebook video.

Facebook File Cabinet Smoker

6- DIY Smoker

This detailed video will show you how to turn a file cabinet into a functional smoker, plus provide you with a delicious recipe to get you started. It’s a fun and easy build that will enable you to build a DIY smoker and have guests over for a backyard BBQ on the same day. Your guests may want you to build them a DIY smoker and get you started in a side-hustle business venture that will bring in extra income.

DIY Smoker
7- Side Rack File Cabinet Smoker

A recycled file cabinet smoker does not have to be plain, you can add side shelves and hooks that will help make the smoking process more convenient for the chef. Adding side racks and hooks won’t even add to the cost of the DIY smoker build if you get creative. This DIY  smoker builder used a discarded shopping cart and metal store shelves to complete his creation and make it more functional for his BBQing needs. Since it’s a DIY build, you are free to add whatever is needed to make the smoking process go smoothly and clean-up a breeze. Add a set of wheels to make the new DIY smoker easily portable for cooking and storing afterwards.

Side Rack File Cabinet Smoker

8- Old Grey File Cabinet Smoker

An old grey metal filing cabinet is functional for paper storage, but it’s the most boring pieces of furniture in the home or office. But all that changes with a simple DIY transformation. An old grey filing cabinet can be turned into the most useful and amazing pieces of hardware in your backyard when you follow these step by step instructions.

Turn that old grey filing cabinet into a BBQ smoker and paint it any color you want (use heat-resistant paint). Boring furniture never looked, or smelled, so good before. Your friends will be asking for your BBQ recipe and to build them a file cabinet smoker.

Old Grey File Cabinet Smoker

9- Filing Cabinet Smoker

Use these free plans to transform an old metal filing cabinet into a homemade smoker. Older metal filing cabinets are made of thicker steel than those build within the last decade, and the thicker steel makes a better smoker.

The size of the cabinet depends on how much meat you plan to smoke at a time. A small, three-drawer filing cabinet is the right size for smoking meat for a cookout, but if you want to smoke meat and stockpile it as a winter food source, a 6 drawer metal cabinet would be best.

Filing Cabinet Smoker

10- Meat Smoker

This four-drawer filing cabinet makes an ideal meat smoker, especially when you have a lot of fresh meat that needs to be preserved.

This video tutorial will show you how to build a smoker that will handle a large quantity of fresh meat at the same time. A great DIY project for living a sustainable life and hunt and fish for their meat.

Meat Smoker

11- Double-Decker File Cabinet Smoker

Stack 2-two drawer file cabinets to create this double-decker DIY smoker that can smoke a lot of meat at once. This design can be heated with charcoal or gas for slow and low heat that will smoke meats to perfection.

The top drawer of this double-decker file cabinet smoker is ideal for infusing foods like vegetables, fruits, and desserts with a light smoky flavor.

The finished smoker can be painted with heat-resistant paint that can withstand high temperatures to make it look like an expensive smoker instead of a homemade file cabinet smoker.

Double-Decker File Cabinet Smoker

12- Three-Drawer File Cabinet Smoker With PID

This three-drawer smoker holds wood chips in the bottom drawer and sends a steady supply of smoke up to the two top drawers, thanks to the PID. The proportional-integral-derivative controller is an intelligent temperature controller that enables you to smoke the meat to your exact specifications.

This file cabinet smoker is a smart design with intelligent features typically found in an expensive store-bought smoker. A homemade smoker doesn’t have to be a bare-bones model, it can have all the bells and whistles you want since you are the one building it.

Three-Drawer Smoker With PID

13- File Cabinet Smoker For Under $100

Store-bought smokers can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars but building a smoker can cost you less than $100 with these plans.

One hundred dollars may seem a little expensive to some do-it-yourselfers but most of that money is spent on heat-resistant paint. If you already have a four-drawer file cabinet and don’t want to paint it, this DIY smoker can be made for almost nothing.

Recycle old grill grates for the bottoms of the top two drawers of the smoker will save money, plus a kitchen raid can probably garner you a couple of old aluminum pans to hold the charcoal, water and wood chips too.

An Iowa teenager successfully built this file cabinet smoker and won the state championship at the county fair with her DIY design, and now she will show you how to build a smoker just like her award-winning one.

File Cabinet Smoker For Under $100

14- Four-Drawer File Cabinet Smoker

Building a smoker is made simple and cheap with these step-by-step instructions. Start with an old, discarded metal filing cabinet, drill holes in the back and in the bottom of each drawer. Fill a disposable aluminum pan with charcoal briquets, place in the bottom draw and light. When the briquets start smoking, place meat on racks in the upper drawers, then close the drawers and relax while the meat smokes and cooks to perfection.

Four-Drawer File Cabinet Smoker

15- Four-Tier File Cabinet Smoker

This brilliant project can change your ordinary backyard BBQs into extraordinary eating experiences. Recycle an old four-drawer filing cabinet into a highly efficient DIY smoker with just a little work.

This video will show you how to make a smoker that is easy to create and easy to use. Place charcoal in an aluminum pan in the bottom drawer, water and wood chips in the second drawer and meats in the top two drawers. The results will be melt-in-your-mouth ribs that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

Only minimal construction and very few tools are needed to create this file cabinet smoker, and the heavy-duty steel of the cabinet will last through years of use.

Four-Tier File Cabinet Smoker

16- File Cabinet BBQ Smoker

Re-purpose a five-drawer file cabinet into a functional BBQ smoker with the instructions on their YouTube video.

Learn how to make the file cabinet airtight so all of the smokey flavors are directed into the meat in the file cabinet smoker. This educational video will also show you how to repose damper grates from an old BBQ grill for use on the new file cabinet smoker so the internal heat and smoke can easily be controlled. Learn how to re-purpose other items you may have on hand to create this file cabinet BBQ smoker by watching this YouTube video.

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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