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.