Fire Box question?

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by daddyzaring, May 15, 2010.

  1. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    I was thinking, with the price of steel rather high atm, how good would a tool/jobbox from a truck be to cut down and make into a firebox?
     
  2. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well I guess it would depend on the material type and gauge.
     
  3. bamafan

    bamafan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    With my limited metal knowledge, I think most tool boxes are to thin of guage metal. I would use at least 1/4" steel.
     
  4. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    That's why I was thinking a tool/jobbox off of a truck, because they are usually made of thicker metal. Since they are already built like a box, I figured it would be less work too.
     
  5. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It might work, it will take a fare amount of skill to weld up the thin stuff and look nice. Then possibly line it with fire brick. I have never tried it but the old man across the street says you can stack the brick in a manor like an arch way cutting the last brick to fit tight. He says he did it to his own SFB rig years ago and it was not until he left it sit for years untouched that it rusted out.

    Probably work. Probably alot of work. Probably pretty heavy to.

    My self I might try 3/16 if my rack was elevated and I was building it with an air space outside for temperature retension.
     
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Just to be on the safe side, why not re-inforce the box? That may make it heavier though, huh?
     
  7. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    I was just thinking I would probably need to cut the box in half, or maybe in thirds, couldn't I just double stack the metal? And I know alot of those jobboxes aren't that thin, especially the diamond plated ones. Just to be clear, I am talking about those big tool boxes that you mount accross the bed of a pick up truck.
     
  8. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I know there is a post around here, from a LONG while back about the gauge of metal. I have to agree with the others when they mention the gauge and material type. Research that & you may find your answer.
     
  9. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

  10. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You must have mad skills. I applaud you. Go for it & post up the qview. I really want to see that.
     
  11. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    most diamond plate truck toolboxes are aluminum so they wont be able to be welded to steel. i don't know if aluminum will stand up to the heat of a firebox, since i've never seen an aluminum smoker, however i'm not saying it can't be done. some of the black diamond plate toolboxes are aluminum with poder coat on them and that powder coat stuff is hard to get off.
     
  12. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    great deal![​IMG]
     
  13. daddyzaring

    daddyzaring Smoking Fanatic

    I am trying to find a really cheap way to make a firebox for a 60 gallon tank I am suppose to be getting next weekend, I hope.
     
  14. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Good Luck. [​IMG]
     
  15. duck killer 1

    duck killer 1 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    this is the calculator sheet for that tank:
     

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