Originally Posted by bnew17
Well i havent started on it yet. It took me a while to find a good price on a welder that would suit me. I also decided not to use the tank in the picture above. The walls were just too thin, they were 1/8" maybe thinner after all the rust. So i sold it and picked up a 250 gal tank for 50 bucks. They are readily available out here in the rural area i live. I have also swapped out the axle on the trailer above with one stronger. Looking back i probably should not have bought the rig to begin with (rookie mistake) but after selling the tank off of it i only have $50 bucks still in it so i figure its not that bad. THe trailer is worth that in scrap. I have an electrician coming out to the house in a few weeks to wire me up a 220 in the shop. I havent been able to find much scrap steel unfortunately. There is a scrap place an hour away i just havent had a chance to get there yet and see what they have. I do have a good friend who has 2 , 16ft 4"x4"s square tubing he said i could have. I know its not really practical for a smoker build but i may find some way to utilize them. RIght now im trying to figure out how im going to get the tank on the trailer as i have no tractor or other pieces of machinery.
IMHO a 250 gal tank is perfect and the price you got it for helps. When it's done it will weigh a bit so the heavier axle is the way to go. The reverse flow baffle plate takes room but there's plenty left for smoking when you get your grates installed.
You'll be much happier with the propane tank and it'll last forever.
Sunman is right, with a little ingenuity and help from your friends, you'll figure out solutions to all your problems.