Smokehouse cleanout


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.


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.

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

8 thoughts on “Smokehouse cleanout”

  1. 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.


  2. 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!


    1. He is so funny! As he climbed down the walls if anything touched his back he would turn and fight it. I can’t see back in the corner of the rafters where he sleeps but hope it’s got a sack or something for him to wrap up in. It was 19* here this morning.


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