Building Our Smokehouse!

Our smokehouse is finally complete. We have lots of plans to show you how we are going to use this cold smoker through the winter for a number of tasks including to preserve and cure meats.
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About Zachary Bauer

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife's parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

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  1. Hello! Thanks for doing these videos so much. They’ve been quite helpful to me establishing my own homestead. I would love to add a smoker before I have to slaughter my small herd next year. However, I live in an area which gets very cold and snowy in winter (-40 regularly with about 3 feet) and quite hot in the summer (we’ve hit 100s the past few years), with wind and rain prevalent year round.
    I’m aware of the care necessary for pens, barns, and such, but I was wondering what exactly you would advise in regards to protecting the smokehouse from the elements, particularly what has to be done to winterize and summerize between the two extremes. I don’t want to spend the money to build it twice if I don’t take care of it properly. What do you recommend?

    • We have had our smoke house a few years without needing maintenance. It is very black on the inside, but it is preforming well. I cannot comment what the extreme cold would be like. I think I would die if it was that cold :). We have learned that we will need to replace the stove pipe every few years.

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