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Building a smokehouse from scratch can be intimidating for those of us that haven’t tackled anything quite like it. There are a lot of factors to consider-fire safety, sturdiness, and being sure to use materials that will be safe with food. Luckily, there is plenty of information on Smoking Meat Forums to help with the build. Beginner and experienced smokehouse builders contribute to this forum, so plenty of advice and techniques are at hand.
For a build guide from start to finish, there’s a thread on the forum that was started by a novice smokehouse builder. The builder knew the general design he wanted, but he posted his progress on Smoking Meat Forums for advice as he went along. Plenty of contributions from other builders followed, with advice on structure stability, food safety, and how to build a versatile smokehouse. A particularly helpful tip was how to bird-proof the smokehouse. Bird droppings will definitely ruin some great smoked meat!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.