Smoker Door size

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by dbowling, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. dbowling

    dbowling Newbie

    Is there any formula for calculating the actual cook door  size on a smoker build..

    I was given a old fuel tank thats been sitting for 35 yrs. and just now got it into my garage to start on it..

    Ive never built a smoker so pretty much new to it all.. the dimensions on the tank are 59.75 in. long x 48 in. diameter.

      Also not sure yet if I want to do a reverse flow or just a offset smoker..

     I went to Feldons and put in all the specs to get everything I need just not sure about the door..

     thanks for any help..
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2015
  2. dbowling

    dbowling Newbie

    never mind just went ahead and made the doors, all hinges welded on plus metal strap around door edges to seal.
  3. Did you decide to do a reverse type or offset smoker yet
  4. dbowling

    dbowling Newbie

    Waiting on all my steel I ordered to finish it, either going to do reverse flow or tuning plates, still haven't decided on that, at a stand still till get rest of steel.
  5. rudy

    rudy Newbie

    How did u figure on what size to cut the doors? And info on that
  6. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    Tell us what tank or cylinder you have with dimenionsand we will give you our advice where to cut it.

    You will end up with different answers from everyone, but generally they should have a more or less consensus.

    The more info and pics the better folk here can help.
  7. rudy

    rudy Newbie

    My tank is 65" long and 20"diameter I was thinking cutting it from 12:30 , 1 o'clock and 3 o clock
  8. ahumadora

    ahumadora Smoking Fanatic

    ok Here's what I would do.

    Rotate the  tank so you hide the weld and fittings on the bottom and using a cutoff disc on a grinder carefully remove the compressor bracket without marking the tank.

    Take your time and when done use a flap disc to sand it smooth.

    Run a tape measure around the tank so you can divide the measurements to find the 12 and 3 oclock.

    I would cut a 20" tank  3" past 12 o'clock  for the top cut and 2 1/2" past 3 o clock for the bottom cut.

    On the sides stay 2" away from the weld so you do not hit the flange inside.

    This will give you enough room for 2 grates.    If using only 1 grate cut the bottom at the 3 o'clock.

    My 2 cents
  9. rudy

    rudy Newbie

    Yea I cut off the bracket and the fittings I was going to patch them up with 7018 or probably hiliar, and so the bottom cut at around 5:30? Yea I'm going to rotate it where there is no weld and fitting and I have the tool where it gets u the center as in 12:00 and go from there , and thanks man everyone's input is useful right now since this is my first build

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