6 Creative and Inexpensive DIY Smoker Ideas (Help Me Pick One)

There is always a big list on the refrigerator with jobs to be done around our house’. Not much fun, until one weekend it invovled a DIY smoker!

I was not very enthused about cleaning up the yard until one afternoon I saw a blog post titled ‘How to Build A Grilling Island’. I have always wanted to find out how to build a smoker!

This got my thinking! I could clean up the backyard to make space for a new project. A DIY smoker! Genius! i could pretty much have my own smokehouse for delicious bbq food all the time!

Since then I have cleaned up the backyard. However, now I am stuck. I have found all these fantastic ideas for a DIY smoker, I’m thinking the drum smoker might be my favorite but can’t decide what to build.

There are several really cool styles that I am drawn to, each has its own up and down side. Let’s check out the DIY project options together!

I have narrowed my list down to 6 of my favorite DIY smoker options.

  • Cinder Block Smoker

  • Refrigerator Smoker

  • Filing Cabinet Smoker

  • Whiskey Barrel Smoker

  • Clay Pot Smoker

Ideally I would I would ideally like to narrow this list down to 1, and eventually build it by the end of summer 2020.

If you have any experience in building one of these or even a diy BBQ or just have some hot tips, I would love to hear from you!

Charlies Hot Tip

​I love my DIY however sometime you want a smoker that you know will start first time. It’s fun and games when your tinkering away but something it time to cook NOW!

So I have my old faithful, I get asked a lot by family and friend what is old faithful is so I have out together a Weber genesis ii lx s-340 review​. This bad boy gets the job done right every time.

The Cinder Block Smoker

I am unsure if I have the room to make a cinder block smoker this size or if I want something that uses charcoal. However, I can get my hands on some cinder blocks from a friend of mine who conveniently works in construction.

Its not the best looking set up out of the bunch but is fairly easy to make and by all accounts works really, really well.

The building method can be found over on Caught Smoking BBQ.

DIY Backyard Smoker
Image from Caught Smoking BBQ

The Refrigerator Smoker

The used refrigerator smoker is a cool looker (depending on what refrigerator you can get your hands on) and it also looks fairly simple to make.

The instructions to making this cinder block smoker can be found over at Grit.

DIY Backyard Smoker Made From old Refrigerator
Image from Grit

The Filing Cabinet Smoker

My wife works in an office and I’m sure she can get her hands on an old filing cabinet. I do like the look and functionality of the filing cabinet smoker, however, this does require a fair bit of grinding and metal work.

The method for this building this filing cabinet smoker can be found at The Recykler.

DIY Smoker made From Filing Cabinet
Image from The Receykler

Charlies Hot Tip

​​Due to the fact we are DIYing here, I gunna guess your homemade smoker does’nt have a built in temp gauge!

The last thing you want is too spend weeks/ months/ years working on your smoker to only burn/ under cook your meat. Do your smoker and pride a favour and grab a digital meat thermometer for smoking. 

The Old Pellet Smoker

In general I love pellet furniture and the almost endless uses for second hand pellets. Pellets have became quite trendy and you tend to see them at lots of cafes, bars and backyards world wide.

This is quite a big project with lots of custom work, however the result looks fantastic.

You can find the instructions and a very comprehensive guide on making this pellet smoker over on DIY Projects blog.

BAckyard DIY Smoker Made From Wood
Image from DIY Projects

The Whiskey Barrel Smoker

For me the whiskey barrel smoker is something that I want. I love the look of the old whiskey barrel and think that the flavour of the whiskey would be a great addition to any smoked meat.

However, Im not to sure where I could come across a second hand whiskey barrel at a reasonable price?

A comprehensive step by step guide ​on building a whiskey barrel smoker can be found on The Smoke Rings blog.

DIY Smoker Made From Barrel

The Clay Pot Smoker

The clay pot smoker is an old favourite of mine which I have used in the past. I don’t intend to build this one again, however, I thought it would be a great one for someone who doesn’t have to much building experience, or doesn’t have much room at home for a bigger build.

A step by step guide ​on building a clay pot smoker at Mother Earth News.

DIY Smoker Made From Old Pot
Image from Mother Earth News

Final Thoughts

Each of these DIY smokers look awesome to me.

I love the idea of reusing and re-purposing materials so I love the idea of using an old refrigerator or old pellets. However, how cool does that old whiskey barrel smoker look?

Have you ever made your own DIY smoker, BBQ or even pizza oven?

I’d  love to hear your thoughts in the comments below about your own builds or any ideas you may have for a custom build.

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3 thoughts on “6 Creative and Inexpensive DIY Smoker Ideas (Help Me Pick One)”

    1. Hiya Elle,

      That Jerky looks amazing!

      That is a really cool smoker, looks like something I could try with the kids one weekend. Did you manage to get to get any fish done in there? Sounds really good.

      Thanks!

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