Ridley Acres said in Smoke House:
processhead Would these warming cabinet models be “safe” for indoor smoking in garage or shed if properly vented via a chimney? I would totally go this route if my local auction houses would ever sell one in my budget.
Yes, venting is important.
IMO, the key to doing this safely indoors is to have a way to catch and contain grease and keep it away from direct contact with the heat source. This can be something as simple as a pan with adequate clearance above the heat source. A grease fire is probably the greatest risk with any smoker.
With my smoker I also included an over-temperature cutoff that removes power from the electric heat source if the internal temperature exceeds a safe level.
Everyone needs to decide their own degree of risk tolerance with how they design, build and operate a smoker.