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Hey guys, I'm Nick from Northern Kentucky. Glad I found this site. Everyone on here seems really friendly and helpful. I have my own welding business and came across a 125 gallon diesel fuel tank that I want to use to make a reverse flow smoker. I started doing my research and you guys really know your stuff. Can't wait to get started so I can start smoking.
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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

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texas.gifHello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   Love my RF  ........

 

Gary

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

 

We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

 

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Hey Gary. What size smoker do you have? Thanks for welcoming me.
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I'll post a picture

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Here are my dimensions . We had a piece of 18" pipe laying around so we decided to build me a RF smoker. We split the pipe and added 4" (we also had that laying around. Hind site I would have gone 12 " but I like what I've got and it cooks great.. We have got two tanks on the ground waiting to become pits. may take one and add some in the middle.

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Looks great! My tank is a 30" diameter by 49" long cylinder. Still trying to decide if I want to add wheels like you did or put it on a small trailer. Where did you get those wheels you have? I hope the wall thickness of my tank is thick enough. Haven't cut into it yet but I'm figuring its probably 3/16". Did you use regular high temp paint? Thanks for the pics.
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We did use High Temp paint.  Made the wheels  Had a piece of 12" pipe cut off 2 - 2" pieces with a band saw used 5/8" round rod for spokes and 1" pipe for hub. Pretty easy and fast to make. Used Wife's cloth measuring tape to lay out spoke spacing, WE have made several sets of these everyone seems to like them. You can use any size that works for your particular project.. You can also cut a template out of plywood and use flat bar if you want to go quite a bit bigger.

 

Gary

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I finally started my reverse flow smoker build. Turns out my tank is only 1/8" thick. Hope it holds the heat okay.

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Let me know what you guys think. The piece on the very bottom is a pullout tray for ashes.
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Let me know what you guys think. The piece on the very bottom is a pullout tray for ashes.

 

Looks good to me, Nick!  I'm definitely no expert, though.  You might try posting your photos and questions over in the RF Builds forum:

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/201/reverse-flow

 

Good luck!  You're off to a good start.

 

Red

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