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8 DIY Brick Smoker Plans You Can Make Today (with Pictures)

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Using a brick smoker is the best way to get great-tasting, soft, and juicy meat. The smokey flavor is a favorite among grillers worldwide, and you don’t even need to spend much money to have a smoker. You can build one with a few tools and supplies. Here are eight easy-to-follow projects that you can use to get started.

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The 8 DIY Brick Smoker Plans:

1. Concrete Block Smoker

Difficulty: Easy
Materials Required: Cinder blocks, mortar
Tools: Level

The Concrete Block Smoker is an easy-to-build project and only requires you to stack cinder blocks. You can build it, use it, and tear it down before building it a different way if you find that you can make improvements. You can then rebuild it when you need it or make it a permanent structure by using mortar to seal the cinder blocks in place. But it works well without the mortar and is a favorite project for smoking meats and fish.


2. Brick BBQ Smoker

Difficulty: Moderate
Materials Required: Cinder blocks, metal rebar, cement
Tools: Hammer, drill

The Brick BBQ Smoker provides you with a large area to make pizza or to smoke your meat, and many people may choose this option if they have the room. The video is extremely easy to follow, and the author is a beginner with no previous skills, so anyone can build it if you have the materials. This is a large project that can take several days to put together, and it can also take time to acquire all the needed materials.


3. Timber Smoker

Difficulty: Moderate
Materials Required: Lumber, plywood, galvanized nails
Tools: Hammer, drill, saw

The Timber Smoker is a simple wood shed that you can use as a smoker, and it will also work as a storage area for tools during the winter months. The design is not much different from a standard outdoor shed, but it requires several boards and angle cuts to complete.


4. Cinder Block Offset Smoker

Difficulty: Moderate
Materials Required: Cinder blocks, clay bricks, rebar
Tools: Rake, chisel

The Cinder Block Offset Smoker shows you how you can make a fantastic smoker at a fraction of the price of a steel one. This moderately difficult project requires only several types of cinder blocks, clay bricks, and a few other materials to complete. Even inexperienced builders can build it in a few days, and the result is a smoker that will last for several years.


5. Home Built Smokehouse

Difficulty: Moderate
Materials Required: lumber, wood glue, nails
Tools: Hammer, saw, tape measure

The Home Built Smokehouse is a moderately difficult-to-build project that only requires lumber, nails, and a few other materials. If you have experience with woodworking, you shouldn’t have any problems because there are no angled cuts, but it can be quite large to start with if you are a beginner. The resulting project works great, though, and doesn’t take up much space in the yard.


6. Brick Smoker

Difficulty: Advanced
Materials Required: Bricks, mortar, steel doors
Tools: Mud mixer, trowel

The Brick Smoker is an advanced project but is quite attractive. The result will provide you with a firebox and cooking area that will serve you for many years. The smoker’s height ensures that the smoke is released far above your head. If you are familiar with masonry, it’s not difficult to build. However, you will need to mix mortar and properly stack the bricks, which might be difficult for a beginner.


7. Brick BBQ Smoker

Difficulty: Advanced
Materials Required: Bricks, mortar, sheet metal, rebar
Tools: Mud mixer, trowel

The Brick BBQ Smoker is an advanced project that requires you to use bricks and mortar to create a permanent structure. However, this project is short in stature, so it’s a good choice for smoking between 50 and 75 pounds of ribs.


8. Backyard Smokehouse

Difficulty: Advanced
Materials Required: Bricks, mortar, sheet metal, rebar
Tools: Mud mixer, trowel

The Backyard Smokehouse is a brick smoker that will require a little experience to build, but it’s a favorite due to its small size and easy-to-follow instructions. You build part of it underground, which helps it maintain a low profile, and the visible wooden smokehouse is effective and looks attractive.

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Summary

There are several projects that you can build if you want to create a smokehouse in your backyard. If you are not an experienced builder or are unsure exactly what you want, we highly recommend starting with the Concrete Block Smoker. It’s an easy-to-build project that only requires you to stack cinder blocks. If you don’t like the design, you can disassemble it and start again. It’s also a great choice if you don’t want to permanently leave the smoker in your yard. Once you have more experience, any of the other projects are fun to build and will provide you with a functional smokehouse. Our favorites include the Brick Smoker and the Backyard Smokehouse.


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