I just brought home a tank I got from work yesterday. It's a 300 gallon tank, 3 feet diameter, 6 feet long. My brother is a teacher/coach at a local high school. They have a metals/welding class their, which is one of the best in our region. The class has made several cookers, but never a reverse flow. I plan to give them all the plans and materials and let them do the building. Myself and my brother will keep close check on them to be sure everything goes smoothly, and we'll be sure to take plenty of pictures to provide to you all. Since this is our first sophisticated build, I'll need all the guidance you care to give
Right now, I'm still in the planning phase. I have all my calculations together, except for how high off the bottom of the tank the baffle plate should be. If any of you have input on that, I would appreciate it. As mentioned, this will be a reverse flow cooker, but I also plan to put propane tube burners in the cooking chamber to have the option of cooking on gas. My plan is to put them just above the RF plate, with grease shields over them. I haven't seen a lot of hybrids like this, but I do know they exist. I know all the hardcore BBQ'ers burn only wood or charcoal, but we often do day-long events, and the propane option is nice to have. One of my good friends has a Side FB / Propane hybrid, and his brother has a Rear FB / Propane hybrid. Therefore, I am confident I can make a hybrid. By all means, if you have any experience with hybrids such as this, please elaborate on your thoughts.
I'll post pictures as I go. I have some sketches I created in PowerPoint. They are rather elementary, but they're as good as I can do since I no longer have daily access to CAD or a 3D Modeling software.
Please throw any and all ideas my way!!! I'll need all the help I can get for this project.