Smokehouse cleanout

Smokehouse

Smokehouse

This building has been on my bucket list for cleanout for the last three years.  It is so full of junk, metal, useless tools, boxes, jugs of all shapes and sizes, feed sacks and more junk.  We hauled off to the landfill a 8 ft pickup truck load to the landfill.  The old chest freezer sitting in front of the building is at least seven feet long and four feet deep.  We filled it completely up with scrap metal mainly consisting of rusted nails, bolts and things of that sort. We also got a huge wooden box full of brass.  All of the metal will be taken to a recycling center.

Freezer full of scrap metal.

Freezer full of scrap metal.

The building was so full we just had a path to get through from one end of the building to the other and it’s a really long building.  It has sections in that were built to hold feed on one side and a corn crib and small smoke room on the other.  There’s one small room in the building that Eddie will convert to a reloading room that he can lock up.  It took an entire day to clean out the junk and the section that were initially for feed now hold all types and sizes of lumber that has been cut on the farm and seasoned.  The rafters are full of 12 – 18 inch wide boards.  I would have loved to have seen the trees that lumber came from.  The rafters also hold a major abundance of bee supers and hives.

It looks so good now and have plenty of room to use for working up our deer meat.

Wide open space in the smokehouse.

Wide open space in the smokehouse.

We can get to our freezers more readily now.

Two of our three freezers.  One is full of meat and the smaller one  is full of fruit and vegetables.

Two of our three freezers. One is full of meat and the smaller one is full of fruit and vegetables.

I stacked enough deer antlers that amounted to a four foot high stack.  Now, I need to find a way to repurpose them.  You can see the antlers on the left corner at the back of the room.

Antlers stacked beside to feed barrels and an old wood stove.

Antlers stacked beside to feed barrels and an old wood stove.

Front to back cleanup!

Front to back cleanup!

AND, Roscoe is now living in the rafters of the smokehouse.  He watched the entire cleanup and came down to check things out near the end of the cleanout.  His bedbox is in the corncrib and that’s where we keep his feed and water.

He is so much fun to watch.

He is so much fun to watch.

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Roscoe's old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.

Roscoe’s old bed in his new house in the grainery attached to the smokehouse.

8 responses to “Smokehouse cleanout

  1. Isn’t that just the best feeling, to get a huge project like that tackled? Good for you!! Oh, and Roscoe can come live with me anytime!! 🙂

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  2. That’s great! It looks like a fun building full of treasures!😊

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  3. The bottom of our barn awaits our efforts like your smokehouse. You have inspired me– it can be done. Your Roscoe is a charmer. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. It looks like Roscoe assumed the job of Supervisor! That stack of antlers is huge – just HUGE! I am sure you can find a clever way to use them! Glad you got that chore done!

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