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150 gallon smoker build

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Thread Starter 
I've had this tank for a while and decided to build a smoker just not sure to make a direct flow or a reverse flow. What are the pros and cons. Any info would be appreciated.
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Thread Starter 
Door already cut out!
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Welcome!

 

Here's a link to the calculator if you haven't yet run your numbers for the opening sizes: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/172425/standard-reverse-flow-smoker-calculator-by-daveomak-and-others-ready-to-use-rev-4#post_1264161

 

Reverse flow will give you better temperature control and more even heating but it does require more steel.

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What gauge steel should I use for the fire box?
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1/4" is a good standard, it's a rough life inside a firebox and it can rust out if you don't take good care of it. Depends on what you have access to and if you can get more. If you can only get 1/8 and don't mind replacing it every so often, it's not a problem, its just that it will tend to warp with the heat when you get it rolling.

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Would 1/8 sheet be sufficient for the rf plate?
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The RF plate should also be as thick as you can get it, it provides a thermal mass that keeps the temperatures steady. I wouldn't go less than 3/16. Mine is 3/8.....

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One thing I have noticed is that there is rust inside of the tank. What can I use to remove it? I've already hit it with a wire wheel and there is a little left in the tank.
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