Smokehouse plans presented on our site are free and will make functional smokehouses. Before one starts buying or building a smokehouse, it is recommended to read the primer on smoking meat in order to get some basics about meat smoking and smokehouses.
Almost any smokehouse will do for home production. If you see smoke sipping through your cardboard box, you are smoking meat, that simple. It does not have to be perfectly tight if the cooking process will be performed somewhere else.
United States Department of Agriculture Smokehouse Plans
The smokehouse plans (5352, 5351, 5695 Frame, 5695 Masonry) compiled in this section pertain to the traditional gravity type of smokehouse technology. Although they will not be used by a commercial facility anymore, they make a wonderful reading. And they can still be of practical use by someone living on the farm and smoking a lot of meat.
The Smokehouse Plans: 5352, 5351, 5695 (Frame) and 5695 (Masonry) courtesy North Dakota State University.
The above information is reprinted with permission from Meat Smoking and Smokehouse Design.