How to Build a Smokehouse Out of Cement Blocks

Follow these plans to build a smokehouse out of cement blocks. With a little additional timber and roofing supports, you’ll eat well for life.

| November/December 2015

I’ve always wanted to build a backyard smokehouse – primarily for smoking sausage, but also for smoking bacon, ham, cheese, poultry and venison. My goal was to construct a smokehouse with a lot more room than the smaller ones you can buy from big-box stores.

After spending some time talking to local farmers and collecting ideas on the construction process, and reading about different designs, I rolled up my sleeves and set about building a cement block smokehouse.


• Chalk line
• Level (2-foot or 4-foot)
• Tape measure
• Square
• Trowel
• Corner plastic line blocks
• Wheelbarrow/mortar board
• Hammer/nail gun
• Circular saw
• Drill
• Speed square


• 200 – 6-by-8-by-16-inch cement blocks
• 1 ton sand
• 1 ton gravel
• 5 bags (94 pounds each) Portland cement
• Hydrated lime
• 8 – 6-foot 2-by-6s
• 5 – 10-foot 2-by-6s
• 10 – 10-foot 1-inch-by-whatever-width (for nailers to hold the metal roofing)
• 4 – 10-foot 1-by-10s
• 6 – 10-foot 1-by-4s
• 2 – 10-foot 1-by-8s
• 2 – 8-foot 1-by-10s
• 2 hinges
• 1 handle
• 6 sheets metal roofing (3-feet-by-55-inches)
• 9-foot metal ridge cap
• Metal screws, Tapcons and nails
• 8 – 1⁄2-inch L bolts with washers and nuts

Following are the general steps I performed to make an 80-inch-by-96-inch cement block smokehouse on my property.

Step 1: Prepare ground for the footer

The area I selected for the smokehouse was filled with roots and rocks. I dug the footer by hand, and mixed my own footer cement. Make sure your footer is a little longer and wider than the finished area you require. (This will give you room to square up the bottom row of cement blocks.) I mixed 3 shovels gravel, 2 shovels sand and 1 shovel Portland cement in a wheelbarrow – just add enough water to get the consistency you desire – which made for easy pouring in tight areas. The footer was approximately 16 inches wide and 6 to 8 inches deep. The bottom of the footer was sitting about 24 inches below grade.

12/29/2015 12:07:23 AM

Id love to see inside pics

12/28/2015 8:22:54 PM

That is a great smokehouse! Thanks for the description. What is the floor, dirt or did you finish it with something. Also, did you finish the inside with racks, hooks, etc? Any chance of getting pictures?

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