Propane tank smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by gocatsbbn, May 10, 2016.

  1. gocatsbbn

    gocatsbbn Newbie

    Not long ago I purchased this 250 gallon propane tank. Needing some advice, ideas, etc on what to do with it. The obvious first answer would be to make a reverse flow smoker. But I grew up around old cinder block or metal direct hear pits and that's what I'd rather do. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. iridelow

    iridelow Fire Starter

    So do you want a BBQ pit or smoker?
  3. gocatsbbn

    gocatsbbn Newbie

    I guess the real question is which one turns out better bbq?
    Last edited: May 11, 2016
  4. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    i vote PIT
  5. iridelow

    iridelow Fire Starter

    If your asking for someone to tell you what they prefer, I like my smokers. This is your pit build it for what you want even if it takes some time getting everything correctly, your gonna spend the time working on it might as well be happy with it.
  6. jcbigler

    jcbigler Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Why not have both?

    You can't haul your cinder block pits around with you and the tank is already on a it's like halfway to being a trailer mounted reverse flow smoker already. 
  7. maple sticks

    maple sticks Smoking Fanatic

    The person running the rig determines the quality of the BBQ.

    My smoker works more like a cinder block pit although I never thought of it like before. Fires in one end of the tank and flows through.
    Last edited: May 12, 2016
  8. gocatsbbn

    gocatsbbn Newbie

    To me a direct low heat pit has a different flavor than a reverse flow smoker. But I could be crazy. I'm really just trying to decide if I want to put all the work into a reverse flow type or just make a plate to separate the top and bottom half of the tank and make just a big holland grill basically.
  9. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Master of the Pit Group Lead

    What about making a Lang hybrid style smoker and have one side dedicated toward charcoal cooking?
  10. kam59

    kam59 Smoking Fanatic

    You could build a regular cooker with tuning plates and add a second exhaust so you could lock your plates together and create a reverse flow.

    My big cooker Bahama Mama is built that way.


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