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33 DIY Smokehouse Plans For Better Flavoring and Preserving Of Food

Any of these 33 smokehouse plans can help you eat better and save you money on the grocery bill. That’s a great incentive to build your own homemade smokehouse to preserve and flavor meats at home. Once upon a time, using a smokehouse was the only way fresh meat could be preserved, today it’s not a necessity but luxury culinary item that can be used for flavoring, cooking and preserving food.

A BBQ smokehouse erected in your own back yard allows you to have control over food flavor, additives and preservation method by using either the hot smoker or cold smoker method. A BBQ smokehouse will enhance the flavor of any cut of meat and allow you to use cheaper cuts of meat and make them taste like the most expensive cuts. Making your own sausage and cheese and smoking it will add another dimension of flavor to your homemade recipes that just can’t be bought in any store. Smoking meats and other foods also kills harmful bacteria to increase the shelf life of food.

A store bought smoker can be purchased, but why not save money and build a customized smokehouse that will meet your exact needs? Check out these free smokehouse plans and select the one that’s right for your food smoking needs.

Don’t forget to check out diy smoker, file cabinet smoker, wood burning stoves, pizza or bread oven plans, diy solar oven, rocket stove plans and homemade solar food dehydrator.

1: DIY Backyard Smokehouse

Cinder Blocks and Cedar wood make not only an efficient smokehouse, but an attractive one too. This DIY smokehouse design makes smoking fun and enhances the appearance of the backyard.

DIY Backyard Smokehouse

2: Cinder Block and Brick Smokehouse Plans

 Cinder Block with Brick Fire Box smokehouse design will withstand the elements for decades and provide delicious smoked meats and cheese for several generations to come.

Cinder Block and Brick SmokehouseCinder Block and Brick Smokehouse

3: DIY Pallet Smokehouse Plan by Stephhicks

DIY Pallet Smokehouse is simple to make using recycled wood pallets and some aluminum roofing material. Being eco-friendly through recycling old wood pallets is a plus for these smokehouse plans.

DIY Pallet Smokehouse

4: Use Cedar Wood To Build 4×4 Smokehouse

This 4×4 foot DIY smokehouse is constructed of cedar wood that will last for years.

  • Build the floor in a 4×4 square.
  • Frame three walls with cedar lumber and cover with cedar slats.
  • Create the front wall with door frame.
  • Build roof frame and cover with slats.
  • Build a wood burning unit outside the smokehouse and install pipe inside with the easy to follow directions.
Use Cedar Wood To Build 4×4 Smokehouse
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5: Make Smokehouse Out of Cement Blocks

Transform 200 cement blocks into an attractive and efficient homemade smokehouse with these plans.

  • Prepare the ground of footers.
  • Place the first layer of cement blocks in place and square them up.
  • Apply mortar mix on top of first layer, then continue layering blocks and mortar mix until desired height is reached.
  • Frame in roof with wood, cover with plywood and selected roofing material.
  • Build and install door.
Make Smokehouse Out of Cement Blocks
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6: Convert Outdoor Shed or Closet into Smokehouse

Attractive and east to build, these smokehouse plans show you how to build a smokehouse that looks as good as it works. Small design with small wood burning stove on the outside will use only a small amount of wood to smoke a large amount of meat.

Convert Outdoor Shed or Closet into Smokehouse
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7: Construct Smokehouse Plans Under 80$

Many people have inherited small, antique pot bellied stoves from their grandparents. The sentimental value is priceless, but the small size of the wood burning stove makes it almost useless in the modern day, open concept style homes. But that small size also makes them perfect for use in homemade smokehouse.

Use these free smokehouse plans to build a mid-sized smokehouse with covered porch area where wood can be  stored and kept dry. Install a small pot belly wood burning stove inside the structure to create enough heat and smoke to flavor, preserve and cook meat.

smokehouse plans under 80$
smokehouse plans Image via: smokingmeatforums.com

8: Buy 55 Gallon Steel Drum To Make A Ugly Drum Smoker

A 55 gallon steel drum can be transformed into a meat smoker with these free plans. Detailed instructions will show you how to create DIY smoker that is inexpensive, portable and will provide low heat and smoke for up to 12 hours so meat will come out evenly smoked. Don’t let the small size fool you, a drum smoker like this one can hold 4 pork shoulders and 3 beef briskets at the same time, that’s enough meat to feed a large group of people.

Buy 55 Gallon Steel Drum To Make A Ugly Drum Smoker
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9: Find Many Smokehouse Plans At Smokingmeatforums.com Like This One

This small smokehouse is on wheels so it’s portable and can go wherever you need it to go. Roll it near the house to load it up with meat, then roll it away from the house to fire up the wood stove and start the smoking process.

small smokehouse plans

Rustic Style Smokehouse

The rustic appearance of this DIY smokehouse is easy to achieve by using weathered, reclaimed wood for the project or by covering the smokehouse with old, rusty tin. However you decide to make it look rustic, the inside is where the flavor is added to the food.

Watch this YouTuber video to learn how to build this rustic smokehouse, then build a small fire in the bottom or use a small potbelly stove to provide the smoke for the fresh food inside. Preserve garden produce or seasonal fruits with the cold smoke this rustic smokehouse will provide.

The size is small enough to fit in any backyard and the interior size is large enough to hold cuts of meat harvested from an animal kill during hunting season. Ideal use for reclaimed lumber and tin, and a great way to put an antique pot belly stove to use.

11: Cold Smoker

Cold Smoking Conversion plans allows you to take a hot smoker and turn it into a cold smoker. Everyone has their own preference of either hot or cold smoke, this DIY smokehouse plan lets you have the best of both worlds and alternate between cold and hot smoke as desired.

Cold DIY smokehouse plan

12: Brick Smoker

Brick Smoker and BBQ Pit is a work of art that provides a place to smoke meat, grill meat and other food, plus it enhances the look of the landscape. This DIY brick smoker will be the place all your family and guests will want to gather around when they come over for a visit.

Brick Smoker and BBQ Pit

13: USDA Smokehouse Plans

USDA Smokehouse plans provide you with a tradition old-school design that combines form and function that has proved to be highly efficient and durable over the past several centuries.

Smokehouse plans

14: Cinder Block Smokehouse Plans

Cinder Block smokehouse design is a large, classic design that can smoke a lot of meat at once. Perfect for those who raise and eat their own livestock or hunt for game animals.

Cinder Block Smokehouse Plan

15: Turkey Burner Smokehouse Plan

Turkey Burner Smokehouse design is another DIY smoker than relies on propane instead of wood to give meat that desired smokey flavor. Just about the size of a normal household refrigerator, this smoker is easy to build and easy to use.

Turkey Burner Smokehouse Plan

16: Whiskey Barrel Smoker

Whiskey Barrel Smoker is an attractive addition to any backyard and it’s easy to build, even for the novice do-it-yourself-er. The whiskey barrel smoker plan uses charcoal to create the smokey flavor in foods instead of wood.

Whiskey Barrel Smoker

17: Build Smokehouse and pizza Oven Together

Here’s a great idea that provides two luxury culinary items into one compact outdoor unit- a smokehouse and a pizza oven. Building a smokehouse couldn’t be simpler with these easy to follow plans, and creating the wood burning unit so it will serve as a pizza oven is genius.

Build Smokehouse and pizza Oven Together

18: Walk-In Smokehouse Plans

Walk-in Smokehouse is a design for the serious meat smoker. This large six foot by six foot wood-sided smoker looks like an garden shed that makes an attractive addition to the landscape. This is a great size smokehouse for those who have large backyards and hunt for wild game or raise livestock. Built to last on a foundation of railroad cross ties and topped with a tin roof.

 Walk-In Smokehouse Plan

19: Build Cold Smoker From Untreated Lumber

A cold smoker does not cook the meat, only adds a wonderful smoky flavor and preserves the meat. Use these free plans to build your own cold smoker box.

Build Cold Smoker From Untreated Lumber
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20: Brick Base Smokehouse

These YouTube smokehouse plans show you how to recycle old bricks (or you can buy new bricks) into an attractive and functional smokehouse base and firebox.

Every homestead should have a permanent smokehouse like this one that is well able to infuse flavor, cook, and preserve all the foods grown and harvested on the homestead. Gardening, hunting, and gathering are a way of life for homesteaders and cold smoking is a great way to preserve the food.

This brick base firebox can be used to grill food while the fire is burning to produce smoke to smoke the fresh food inside of the smokehouse. Two food preparation methods can be going on at the same time to help save time and money for the homesteader.

21: 6×6 Smokehouse Plans

When plenty of smoking room is needed, these smokehouse plans will show you how to build it big. The finished smoker is 6×6 feet and has plenty of room for whatever meat you need to smoke.

6x6 Smokehouse Plan

22: Propane Smokehouse Plan

Propane Smoker plan lets you achieve a smokey flavor on meats and other foods without burning wood. The simple box smoker design uses a turkey deep fryer to create the smoke.

Propane Smokehouse Plan

23: Smokehouse Plans

Look at the drawing and written smokehouse plans along with pictures before, during and after the build to help you create your own homemade smokehouse like this one.

Smokehouse Plans

24: Recycled An Old Refrigerator Into DIY Smoker

Don’t know what to do with that old, non-working refrigerator? Transform it into a smoker with these plans. Wooden pallets, a barrel or drum help to complete the smokehouse from mostly recycled materials.

Recycled An Old Refrigerator Into DIY Smoker

25: Use Recycled Lumber And Steel Drum To Build This Smokehouse

These smoker plans use recycled lumber and a steel drum to create a whimsical structure at a minimal cost. Functional and attractive, this inexpensive meat smoker will keep your family enjoying flavorful meat for years.

Use Recycled Lumber And Steel Drum To Build This Smokehouse

26: Hot Or Cold Smokehouse

This slanted roof DIY smokehouse lets you choose between hot or cold smoking. You can become your own BBQ pitmaster with meats and other foods smoked to tasty perfection with this backyard smokehouse.

The building process is straightforward with these DIY smokehouse plans, and it will look nice in your backyard. The small size does not take up much land space but it will have a big impact on the way your food tastes.

The 6-foot height allows plenty of interior space for large cuts of meat or large quantities of food to be smoked at the same time. A hook in the top of the smokehouse will provide ample room for smoking hams of half a hog. The slanted roof lets rainwater run off quickly.

Smoking is also a great method of preserving fresh food, especially meat, and is a must-have item for hunters, fishermen, and people living on an off-grid homestead.

Hot Or Cold Smokehouse

27: Big Green Egg Smokehouse

These free plans will show you how to build a smokehouse on top of a Big Green Egg smoker. The Big Green Egg smoker is the mini version and is ideal for slow smoking sausage in a cold smoke environment.

The smokehouse is small and is ideal for building in a small backyard. Even though the smokehouse is small it infuses food with lots of delicious smoky flavor.

If you have a tasty homemade sausage recipe that needs smokey flavor to make it perfect, this DIY smokehouse is what you need. The small smokehouse can handle other food items too and is great for smoking fresh fish to preserve and add flavor.

If you have a mini Big Green Egg that you no longer use, consider using these smokehouse plans and put the Big Green Egg to good use.

Big Green Egg Smokehouse

28: Water Drain Pipe Smokehouse

A concrete water drain pipe can be transformed into a unique and attractive backyard smokehouse with these free building plans.

Concrete water drain pipes are typically used in areas where there is new home construction and they are 10-feet in length and 3-inches thick. The drain pipe is heavy and will take a special saw to cut it to the desired height and to cut out the openings. However, when the building project is completed, you will have a one of kind a smokehouse and barbeque grill that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

You can use this idea to create a smokehouse, grill, and firepit combination from one concrete drain pipe that is virtually indestructible. Enjoy better food flavor and create a backyard focal point with these free smokehouse plans.

Water Drain Pipe Smokehouse

29: Wooden Smokehouse Plans

If you enjoy cooking and like to entertain, you should build a basic wooden smokehouse like this. A smokehouse adds incredible flavor to meats, vegetables, and fruits that will turn ordinary food into extraordinary food.

Smoked beef, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions will transform a boring backyard cookout into a tasty culinary experience.

Build a smokehouse with this downloadable PDF file so you can add flavor to everyday food items and make them special. A wooden smokehouse like this one is not expensive or time consuming to build but it will provide years of tasty smoked foods.

Wooden Smokehouse Plans
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30: Cold Smoking Smokehouse

If you like to cold smoke a high volume of meat at a time, this DIY smokehouse is for you.

This classic design is easy to construct and ideal for big game hunters that have a lot of fresh meat that needs to be preserved at once.

The size of this smokehouse is 22-inches across and 45-inches tall but the design is easy to adjust to any width and height needed. These free plans provide detailed designs and instructions so you can build a cold smoker just like this one for your homestead.

Cold Smoking Smokehouse

31: Small Smokehouse

Having a small smokehouse at a cabin that is only used for seasonal hunting is a great idea. It would allow you to smoke the fish and meats harvested during the hunt for easy transport back home.

Hunting and fishing cabins are often off-grid and using these smokehouse plans to build a small smokehouse provides a method of cooking and preserving freshly harvested meat. The small size won’t take up a lot of land space and won’t require much time to build. Creating it on a concrete slab as shown in this instructional YouTube video will make the smokehouse last for decades.

32: Small Smokehouse Plans

These detailed, pictorial plans will show how to build a small smokehouse and the fire pit that will provide the smoke. This will create a permanent structure that can be used for years to flavor and preserve meat. The design is simple and the smokehouse can be built with leftover building material so the cost will be minimal.

how to build a small smokehouse

33: Miniature Smokehouse Plans

Mini Smokehouse plan takes up no more room than a mini fridge but packs a big punch with big smokey flavor. This mini smokehouse is ideal for those living in an apartment or condo unit with little outdoor living space.

Mini Smokehouse

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  1. I am curious. I’m thinking about designing a smokehouse & have just started doing some research. I had been thinking about placing the vent/s down low & likely adding a supplemental one (or more) higher. My thoughts were that I could control the temperature & amount of smoke more easily with an arrangement like this. Probably leaning more towards a hot smoking method placing the firebox on the external side of one wall. Thus making it easier to tend the fire without having to re-smoke the room numerous times. All of the designs I’ve come across so far, admittedly still earlyish in my research, have placed the vent/s high. Am I totally naive in my thoughts & having my combination serves no useful purpose? Thanks for any input.

  2. I am curious. I can find plenty of information on smokehouse’s and recently built the turkey burner smokehouse (no10) however there is no information on how to use the smokehouse when cooking. I have the burner at the bottom, where do I place the pan with sawdust, on the flame or above and if above how far above. Thanks

    • Thanks John for adding your valuable comment. Did u go through the link given at the description of smokehouse 10 with hypertext “diy smoker”
      At this page you can get complete information on where to place pane, how to smoke etc.

  3. I’m considering building a masonry BBQ or smokehouse so I appreciate your article on the subject. As a bricklayer I have just a small pet peeve; they are concrete blocks, not cinder blocks.

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