I saw this tank at the local metal scrapper and couldn't let it go to waste. The build will be vertical to save square footage on my patio/slab on the side of my house. I cut the door today with a circular saw outfitted an abrasive wheel. I was going to use the torch but settled on the saw thinking I could get a cleaner cut, keep the cut strait, and keep from warping the door with the heat. So the door is being held in on all 4 corners. I am going to go buy some weld hinges tomorrow and tack em on before I cut the door loose.
The fire/coal basket will be in the the bottom of the tank, with a few inches of space under it for air flow. I have seen a build or two where ball valves were used for inlet vents........do these work well or should I come up with something else? Any tips on having the coal basket directly under the smoking chamber? I plan on using charcoal for my heat source. I was thinking of partitioning the smoking chamber somehow to try to keep the heat down......I guess my fear is with the source of heat directly under the meat that the temps will get too high.
Any input as I build this is much appreciated......I have no experience smoking or building smokers so I am new to this.
I moved up to WA from LA and miss all the good BBQ.......and my webber isn't cutting it........
More updates to come as the project progresses.....which may be fairly slow as I am pretty busy