ok trying this again I lost the 1st post. I have been reading this and other sites for the last year and am ready to start my project now. I got a propane, I was told it was 120 gal, it is around 40"x30" wide. I have very limited welding experience, just got a welder this year and have been practicing a bit. Its a flux core/mig but I have no gas yet. Is there a big difference between the 2, I will be welding outside and figured flux core would be the best way to go.
I plan on making a reverse flow with 2 pull out shelves, maybe a removable exhaust stack with a possible cooking grate on the FB.
I was trying to figure out what I will need and have used "Standard Reverse Flow Smoker Calculator... by DaveOmak" to crunch some of the numbers. Here is what I have so far.
FB/CC opening 110.88
under RF plate 110.88
Exhaust Stack volume 471.24
I have a bunch of questions and your opinions and experience are very welcome.
What is the "under RF plate" should I make the RF plate the same height as the top of the FB opening in the CC?
For the firebox does it make a difference if it is square or rectangle? If rectangle should it be tall, wide or deep? 21" square is 9261 that enough for a tray and shelf?
Regarding the fire box, it seems like a good idea to have the door go straight to the bottom for easy cleaning, does that cause other issues such as heat leaking out?
The wheels of the cart should they be mounted under the firebox or just to the inside. I was planning on using 1/4" for the FB and was concerned it would be too heavy on the FB side. I was planning on using pneumatic tires just cause they look cool and I have seen ones rated at 300lbs each. Is there a certain distance I should keep them from the FB?
I was thinking of making a door in the top of the FB for grilling. Would the FB need to be bigger, if using a gasket can I make a good seal?
For the exhaust I can use 4" at about 37" long or 5" 24" long, does it make a difference? If not I will see what I think looks cooler.
Thanks again for any help given, pics to follow. I know there will be a bunch more questions as I get working on this smoker. This will be a long process hopefully be completed this year.