Hello Everyone. Been looking around the forum here for a few months getting ideas for my own smoker build. A buddy and I built our own cooker a few years back for cooking whole hogs, but I really cant use that cooker for true bbq smoking.
After looking through the forumn for countless hours taking notes, seeing what works, and the HUGE amount of knowledge being shared, I decided what I would like to do. I debated about starting a new thread (as many already exist), but relaized most of the threads that exist are for 250 gallon or 500 gallon pits, not 325. Even though alot of my build will be the same as a 250 of 500, maybe some things will be different.
Where I stand today: I picked up a neat looking trailer a few weeks back on Craiglist. It is solid, but needs a little TLC like most craiglist finds. Wheel bearings where replaced this past weekend. I also picked up a 325 gallon propane tank this past weekend for $150.00. I had to travel a ways to get it because small propane tanks (250-350 gallon) seem to be in short supply or extremely expensive (up to $600) here in Indiana.
My plan: I have drawn up a fairly detailed sketch of what I plan to do (see below). I hope to have one of the many experienced builders here take a look and check my theory. I used the BBQ calculator from Dave as well as the circle calculator for the FB - CC opening. I think I have the basic concept/design figired out, but need a little help with the details. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I have some pictures of the tank & trailer, but I need to figure out how to post them from my Ipad. Hopefully I can figure that out tonight.
325 gallon build.pdf 531k .pdf file