Vertical 250 gallon smoker

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by brokedana35, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Hello smokers,

    I am new to smoking (other than the BBQ low temp stuff) and I started a build that may be out of my league. I had a 250 gallon propane tank that I cut the ends off to make a chimania. Well the center tube section was sitting around just calling me...smoker smoker smoker. So I came up with a plan to cut doors in it, shelves etc.

    So far this is what I have.[​IMG]
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a great start - keep en coming 
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    WOW!  [​IMG]
  4. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Well, it looks good so far, I think it will be great!  NO problems that I can see so far.[​IMG]

    Keep up the good work.
  5. Some folks are telling me I would never be able to keep it warm with charcoal. I have plenty of hard wood available but felt like that would keep me tending the fire all day. Any thoughs?
  6. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    Why do you think charcoal won't work?

    Nice Heep btw. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012
  7. I think it WILL work. Some of my naysayer buddies are thinking it is too much metal to warm up. I say.." I don't care if it takes a cord of wood to cook a rack of ribs." [​IMG]

    Actually I do. I really want it to work. I plan on having lots and lots of adjustments to tune it up and make it work.
  8. Did a little more work on the smoker. I am trying to set up a pizza box between the firebox and the smoke box. It will be part of a baffle for the smoke and heat to go around. The heat will be forced to go around the box before entering into the smoke box through adjustable slots.

    I am hoping to get enough heat in the middle smoke free box to actualy cook a pizza.[​IMG]   I have no experiance that tells me I can get the box up around 350 deg.   If not it would be a good spot to cook beens or keep something worm.

    Any way, here are some pics!

  9. Looks like you have some good ideas going on. I'm going to enjoy watching this build.
  10. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  so far cant wait for more.[​IMG][​IMG]  I like a good build
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2012
  11. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    This is great.. but whats the pipe in the center hole for ?
  12. Had some time to fab up some sliding shelves. Yikes!...another 60 lbs[​IMG]. Please someone tell me this thing can't be too heavy.



  13. The center pipe vents the fire box striaght to the top. It will have a flap on the top of the stack that I can adjust or close off. I thought it would give me a little more adjustment on temp, especially trying to cook pizza.[​IMG]   I probably would have it open durring start up.[​IMG]. OK OK that is a hard question for a newbee, I think it was more just because I had a piece of 4" pipe laying around [​IMG]
  14. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    cool build cant wait to see how the pizza oven part works, as I have been thinking about how to incorp one onto my RF[​IMG]
  15. sunman76,

    That is a really nice trailer build! Makes me feel better about all the 1/4" plate I have. It is looking like this thing is going to be 700 lbs.

    I have a ton of newbee questions..


    How long does it take to get to temp?

    Is it practical to smoke only 2 or 3 racks of ribs?

    Do you think my setup will be practical for 2 or 3 ribs racks and a bag of charcoal?

    Do you burn just wood?  I thought I would try it.  It is free and I have plenty of it.
  16. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks real good so far..Its gonna be different and I like different...
  17. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

  18. I like it. Can't wait to see how that pizza oven idea works out. It looks like it will.
  19. Thanks sunman76!

    I had to look up the acronym list. I love jalepenos. Can't wait to try that! Maybe using the minion method (I had to looked that up too).

    I guess I have a BWS that some may call an UDS. But to me, it will be the CATSASS. You guys are great!
  20. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not so sure I would vent straight from fire box out of the smoker.. Isn't the reason for a fire box to heat the smoker, not the outdoors ? You would use your intake vent to control the heat. Don't know tho, just my thinking... A pro builder will be along soon and have some input..

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