Most fish smokers are large, cumbersome things that cost $100 or more. I like to be able to smoke a trout at the side of the river, so I wanted a smoker one that could be used with my Trangia and was portable. This one was made for less than $20, takes no time to make, works very well and can be dropped into a backpack for a day fishing trip. It isn’t intended to smoke enough fish to feed an army, but will take about 4 reasonable sized trout fillets.
- 8’ stainless steel camping pot or saucepan. I got one from Ray’s Outdoors in Sydney for about $15, but you should be able to get them from any surplus or camping shop. Make sure it has a lid.
- Steel grille that fits inside the pot. Also from Ray’s Outdoors for about $4.50, but a cake cooler or anything like that will do.
- Some basic hand tools.
Step 1: Legs for the grille
Your grille needs to sit a couple of inches off the bottom of the pot. With the grille I bought, all I had to do was to clip the legs and straighten them so the grill sits higher. An alternative way is in the next step.
Step 2: Completed grille legs
This is about the right height for the legs.
Step 3: Alternate way...
If you can't figure out a way to use the legs of the grille to raise it, just make 3 rests for it at the right height. Drill a hole in the side of the pot and put a in screw and nut.
Step 4: Grille rest
Rest the grill on the screws.