I have a 250 gal. tank and a 500 I'm about to start the 250 . why can I not find any free plans to build a reverse flow smoker ..? I also just started raising my own pork so a whole hog bbq is coming..
250 gal. tank build
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I've built a 250 trailer and am currently working with carolinasmoke to build another one for him.
In the time I've been reading threads and helping where I can, by answering questions I've realized that all the folks here at smokingmeatforums have no problem at all helping you to spend your money.
Here is a pic of my completed build which may give you some ideas
If you have any specific questions about the build process ill be more than happy to answer them.
The size of your firebox length and width should be the same as the diameter of your tank most 250gal tanks I've seen are 30" then you can play with the calculator to get the height right after you decide if you want any options like an ash cleanout pan.
Also when figuring your dimensions don't forget to take the material thickness into consideration.
ok thank you guys, where do I place the baffle plate and what size should the opening at the end be ? do I use a angle iron to make a channel for the drippings to drain out ? do I need a water or juice pan ? I'm thinking two doors but I may want to do a whole hog some time .
I can get a picture of the CC to firebox opening along with the dimensions I used sometime tomorrow.
I just kept using the 1/3 ratio for most measurements. 1/3 the firebox gave me the 10" in and up but I saw where folks said the air gap between firebox and baffle plate help to even out the heat so I dropped the top of the firebox to the 9" point.
If that didn't make sense let me know and I'll try to re-explain.
I've recently found a 125gal that I'm going to use for a whole hog cooker with a single door.
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Im all about cutting cost but I'm so glad that I came across this forum. The knowledge and skill on this forum is second to none. Every question that I have asked (trust me there was a grill full) numerous people from all over the US answered and a couple from over seas. While the hog is growing hop on board and read the many post and you will probably find your answers. You remember some movie and the punch line was "if you build it they will come" The same holds true for this forum...If you ask we all will help.
250 and 500 your a lucky guy