Originally Posted by OkieLEO
I just did this with my 250 gallon propane tank. My tank was recently removed from an old farm. The guy I bought it from stated the complany came out too all of the gauges/connections off and "rendered it not for use". I bought it and took it home filled it with water and dawn soap and the excess came out. I let this set for two weeks and started cutting on it two days ago. I got all of the legs and excess metal off the top to make the outside smooth and then I will be cutting out my doors tomorrow with a circular saw and carbide blade. Some of my grinding and cutting on the top of the tank has been right over the hole openings with sparks going into the chamber without any flame ups.
I have also heard you can turn on your vehicle with a hose running from the exhaust to the tank and let it run while youre cutting into it. I was told this would take the oxygen out of the equation and render it safe to cut on.
Good luck to you.
Do not run the exhaust into the tank ..... Carbon monoxide is explosive...... Run your shop vac on "blow", or leaf blower to remove the fumes...
The National Fire Protection Association has assigned a flammability rating of 4 (severe fire hazard) to carbon monoxide.
- Flash point: Not applicable.
- Autoignition temperature: 609 degrees C (1128 degrees F)
- Flammable limits in air (percent by volume): Lower, 12.5; upper, 74
BEFORE YOU CUT....
Design your smoker on paper, taking into accounts, all measurements, where stuff goes.... Calculate the fire box and RF plate, cooking racks etc. so the build goes easy... In my signature line are calculators to help with the design.... If you need help, ask.... I would hate to see you have to "re-do" stuff.... So would everyone else on the forum.... Our members want you to build the best smoker there is...