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60 Gallon Air Tank Much thinner than I expected

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Hello, I recently joined the group and have build  a char-grill out of my old Sears Craftsman 20 Gallon Air Compressor.  It has worked so good, I wanted to take the next step and build a smoker.  Still deciding on the format for it (off-set or reverse flow) My question to the group, the wall thickness of the tank is about an 1/8", I thought it would be 3/16".  My concern is when I weld on the hinges on to the tank it will warp and the lid will not open and close cleanly.  So I was going to weld on a 3/16" strap 2" wide from side to side.  Not sure how it will look, but I think with this I can reduce the warping from the weld on hinges.  (thoughts?)

 

Also is there a trip to line up the lid with the opening in the tank?  I welded on to the lid 3/16" x 2" strap. on the lid, so I am unable to ensure the lid is lined up.  I thought about cutting the firebox mounting location into the tank, so I could look up and see how close it lines up on the tank.

 

Thanks,

post #2 of 6

Sounds like an interesting project. You might get more advice posting in the smoker build section. What type of welder do you have?

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Lincoln 215 Mig welder...I could only wish my truck was a reliable....Yes...I have enjoyed, planning it out....

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Lincoln 215 Mig welder...I could only wish my truck was a reliable....Yes...I have enjoyed, planning it out....


That welder should do the job fine with proper skills. When it comes to building offset or reverse flow I am not an expert, but like I said if you start a new thread in the smoker build section you will get lots of help. Good luck with your project and post some pics when you get a chance.

Clay 

post #5 of 6

When welding thin metals you can lower your heat, you can 'weld fast' or you can stitch weld, all of witch will reduce the temps that cause warping.

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I like watching Smoker builds

 

Gary

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