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Smoke House

Discussion in 'The Homestead' started by Wayne, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne BCUK Welfare Officer
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    I'm looking to build a smoke house in the garden for hot and cold smoking largish batches of meat and fish at a time.

    Anyone git any pictures of theirs?

    No no point in reinventing the wheel. I have a few nice looking ones on the web.
     
  2. Robson Valley

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    My neighbors gutted an elderly refrigerator. Added a few holes for the smoker set-up. It worked out beautifully for years. Then grandpa had an 'over achievement' and burnt a batch of sausage. Couple of days and the next one was up and running. Just think: you might have your choice of designer colors, too.
     
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    Friend in Canning Road, Felpham had a wonderful smokehouse for his mackerel, wood pigeon, and trout. This was a few years ago now, I'm sorry but I don't have pics. I was working as a tree surgeon then, used to keep all my Ash, Oak, and Beech sawdust for him in exchange for the occasional treat.

    Best of luck, and seeing as I'm only up the road, I will be hassling you for some mackerel. :lmao:

    Smoked pigeon breast and wild mushrooms cooked over the fire with a splash of wine or Madeira, and cream is heaven.
     
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    Hi Wayne

    I was lucky enough to be given a voucher for a Smoking and Curing Meat Course at River Cottage for xmas. The course was superb and covered lots of dry curing, brining and smoking.
    The pictures below are of Steve's cold smoker at River Cottage.
    One tip he had was use a cheap colander from the pound shop as a smoke diffuser

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    the colander can be seen upside down in bottom of smoker

    Chas
     

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  5. Wayne

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    Thanks for posting Chas. I'm currently building a bread oven at Amberley. The smoker will go into Lodgehill. You're welcome to pop down sometime.
     
  6. Wayne

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    Rather nice present going on the River Cottage course. I looked at that one. One day.
     
  7. Robson Valley

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    Try to imagine an old, wooden car garage. 12' x 24', just a dirt floor. You hang 60 split and cleaned salmon from the rafters.
    The smoke fire smolders in the middle of the floor. Some alder, twigs to keep the bigger pieces lit.
    In the Pacific Northwest, that's about as sophisticated as it needs to be.
     
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    How long do you have to keep the fire going for RV?
     
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    You can get the odd course half price, Shelly and I went once and did a day there, very pleasant. Just checked, none at the moment though :D
     
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    Low fire lots of smoke, wasn't able to stay in there for long. Judging by the ashes and charcoal, several days already. I'll guess a week or more.
     
  11. chas brookes

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    Hi Wayne
    thanks for the offer, be interested in seeing your new site at Lodgehill.
    As I developed an allergy to bees, I am using the old beehive components as my cold smoker. First attempt seemed to go okay but to adjust arrangements inside, can see the advantage of having a door now ;-)
    Chas
     

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