10. Re-purpose An Old Fridge

thaivisa

thaivisa

This is one of the most common ways to make an at-home smoker. The older fridges are pretty thermally safe, keeping in a lot of heat. They are also rather easy to retrofit, leaving you with a working smoker within just a couple of days. You can even use the racks that come with the fridge to hold you meat.

9. Retrofit An Old Barrel

smokingmeatforums

smokingmeatforums

As long as the actual burning isn’t going on within the barrel, the wood will give your meat a special taste. Many racks for grills will fit into the barrel, making it rather easy for you to fix up your own smoker. The barrel bottom allows for plenty of space to gather smoke as it is pumped in. This will result in a strong smoky flavor with very little work.

8. Utilize The Earth

justtwofarmkids

justtwofarmkids

This smoker has a stove on one end with the pip going underground. This keeps a lot of the warmth and the smoke, funneling it all into your meat. You can even walk on the hill above, making it in-obtrusive but very impressive. Digging the hole for this will take a while, but it can last for years once you are done. Set aside a few weekends and you will have a great smoker in no time.

7. Build One From Scratch

woodplans

woodplans

This little smoke shack is made out of about $50 in lumber. The owner simply put together a quick plan, made sure to include shelves, and put in a small door to put in charcoal and other heating elements. This little shack will work best if you install it over concrete, but some people have had luck with bare earth as well.

6. Give New Life To A Metal Cabinet

ideas2live4

ideas2live4

This metal cabinet has been surrounded by wood and given a bit more structure. Once closed, the metal conducts more heat to the meat, making it steamy and allowing the smoke to permeate it fully. The metal component makes it easy to clean, and as you can see, you will need to clean it once you are done smoking.

5. Get An Old Oil Tank

pigpitbarbeque

pigpitbarbeque

The old oil tank smoker is one of the more popular models, but is becoming harder and harder to make. These old oil tanks were in use for a very long time, and with a bit of cleaning they become a great smoker. A little bit of welding actually creates a smoker that looks professional. Adding in wheels makes them portable, and allows you to smoke meat for your friends as well.

4. Utilize Your Old File Cabinets

eattomorrow

eattomorrow

Old file cabinets are extremely cheap, but they also make really good smokers. Use two different ones to ensure that you get the best possible results. You should always make sure that the paint is non-toxic, and try not to use a cabinet that has been sprayed with random products. If you are worried, sandblasting the inside before you retrofit it will fix most problems.

3. Use An Old Chest

therecycledgarden

therecycledgarden

This metal chest is perfect to use as a small smoker. You can put the coals in, close it, and forget it. This works great for small cuts of meats, and might be something to bring along on a camping trick. The metal holds the heat in, and you can smoke meat with very little fuel. Look around at thrift stores to see if you can find a similar chest.

2. Use A Terracotta Pot

amillionlives

amillionlives

Terracotta pots have been used for smoking for a very long time. This particular model has been strung up with some wire and looks extremely nice. YOu can fit a number of racks inside the pot, but be careful when removing them. You can find everything you need to make this smoker at your local garden store.

1. Use Cinder Blocks

1080

1080

Use cinder blocks to hold your fuel and form the champers for your smoke. You can put almost anything on top of them, and they are easy to re-use as well. When doing this, make sure that the ground beneath is free of debris. This is a great way to use larger cuts of wood in your smoker, cutting down on the amount of work that you need to do.