How To Make A Biltong Box (A Basic Guide)

How To Make A Biltong Box (A Basic Guide)

If you're a fan of biltong, the flavorful South African snack, making your biltong box is a rewarding DIY project. 

This guide will teach you how to make a biltong box from scratch, enabling you to enjoy homemade biltong with flavors tailored to your liking.

Key Takeaways

  • Materials needed: wood, screws, glue, hinges, metal hooks, a 40W light bulb, and a PC fan.
  • Ensure proper ventilation and sealing for freshness and safety.
  • Regular cleaning and electrical safety checks are crucial.

How to Make a Biltong Box (Step-by-Step)

1. Gather Your Materials
Collect wood, wood glue, countersink drill bits, screws, sash clamps, wood dowels, a PC fan, a mains lamp kit with a 40W bulb, and metal hooks. Ensure all tools are in working condition.

2. Measure and Cut the Wood
Select particle board or similar wood. Measure and mark the required dimensions for each piece. 

Firmly clamp the wood and use a circular saw for straight cuts and a jigsaw for curved ones. Double-check measurements after each cut.

3. Sand the Wood for Smoothness
Sand all pieces of cut wood to remove rough spots and splinters. This step is crucial for safety and aesthetics.

4. Assemble the Box Frame
Lay out the wood pieces for the sides, top, and bottom. Apply wood glue to the connecting edges, align and clamp them. Drill pilot holes and drive wood screws to join the pieces securely.

5. Attach the Door Hinges
Mark the locations for hinges on the box frame and door. Drill pilot holes and screw the hinges in place, ensuring the door opens and closes smoothly with a small gap around for airflow.

6. Make Ventilation Holes
Draw and cut out a shape on one side of the box for the PC fan. Sand the edges smooth. Drill smaller holes near the top on opposite sides for air circulation.

7. Install the Light Bulb and Fan
Mount a mains lamp kit socket and screw in a 40W bulb at the top inside of the box. Cut a hole and mount the PC fan on the side, ensuring airflow direction into the box. Connect both to power.

8. Add Hooks for Hanging Meat
Use rust-proof hooks for hanging meat. Space them evenly inside the box and secure them in place.

9. Seal the Box for Freshness
Apply weather stripping or foam tape around the door edges for a tight seal. This helps maintain the right temperature and humidity levels inside the box.

How to Make a Biltong Box (Step-by-Step)

Understand the Biltong Drying Process

Proper ventilation and temperature control (71-95°F or 22-35°C, humidity below 50%) are crucial for curing the meat effectively.

Maintenance & Safety Tips

  • Clean the box with a mild detergent and dry thoroughly after each use.
  • Inspect and clean the PC fan and light bulb regularly.
  • Ensure all electrical components are safe and functioning correctly.


Building a biltong box is a straightforward process that offers the satisfaction of creating dried meats. 

These steps ensure a functional and safe biltong box for your culinary adventures.


What is a biltong box?
A homemade drying box for making biltong, similar to beef jerky.

Why does a biltong box need a fan and light bulb?
They provide airflow and temperature control to prevent mold and ensure proper meat curing.

Can I dry other foods in this box?
Yes, it can be used for drying various meats and fruits.

How do I maintain my biltong box?
Regular cleaning and checking of electrical parts are essential for safety and performance.

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