I built a homemade smoker a few weeks ago. Smoking fish is a good way to enjoy it, especially bigger fish, and the idea was to use an oil drum. I had a brief look on the net for some DIY smoker projects and found lots of ideas and inspiration. Look at this extremely nice setup, the smoker I’m going to build next. But for now, a simple, usable smoker, built without much planning, effort or skill should do just fine. Keep it simple, save time and go fishing. As it turns out, my smoker won’t win any design awards but I’m eating smoked fish today and it’s pretty good.
I cut the top off and welded four rods to the bottom, which aren’t necessary, you can rest the smoker on some rocks. I cut out about 90% of the bottom lid and you can either hang the fish with hooks to the top lid or put the fish onto the wire mesh.
I dug a little hole and burned a kanuka-manuka mix, put it out and allowed to smoke, checking every now and then, making sure that the wood wasn’t burning. Ideally, you don’t want any heat in there, just the smoke, I smoked the fish for 3 hours and left it in the smoker outside over night.