I decided to build my first smoker a few months ago and I've been assembling all the necessary components and tools. I've cooked on several nice smokers of different styles and I decided on a reverse flow unit. I didn't really want another trailer to maintain (I'm currently maintaining 32 tires I counted up) so i decided to build a patio size unit. Only trouble is that the tank I found is 250 gallons. My design approach is to use a piece of the tank as the firebox to keep the size down. I'm going to see how putting it up on casters works out sort of knowing that it might not with the backup plan to put it up on an old boat trailer I've a line on.
Here's a picture of my tank at the smoker maternity ward. She weighed in at 650 lbs and 93" long! The Dr is burping her now.
Here's a picture of the tank with the future firebox cut off it. I cut off 1/4 of it so that it will be 1/3 the size of the cooking chamber per the sizing calculator that I found on the site.
I sure would like any advice that I can get. For starters, how do I get this paint off? A wire brush on a 7" grinder barely touches it.
Edited by Aubrey Stewart - 11/1/12 at 9:22am