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Will short and thick do the trick?

post #1 of 6
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I have the option of two different sizes of propane tanks to build into an offset smoker. The first is about 20" X 48" and would work pretty well with a traditional offset build. the other option is around 30" X 48" in length. It will give me a lot more room for comp cooking. I am a little concerned that the short cooking chamber length is going to be a PITA to maintain even temperatures (without resorting to RF). What are your thoughts on the 30" tank?

 

Cheers

 

Neil


Edited by wombat - 6/20/15 at 7:21pm
post #2 of 6

I've been trying to convince women that 'short and thick' does the trick for years.

post #3 of 6
I'm saying SHORT & WIDE.... If you need a door on both side, so be it... that would be "cool" and handy... and Reverse Flow of course..


http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/172425/standard-reverse-flow-smoker-calculator-by-daveomak-and-others-ready-to-use-rev5-6-19-15#post_1264161



Any more questions.... we are here.....
post #4 of 6
Neil, My cooker is 24"x48" and the temps are within 5* from end to end. I have a Horizon type convection plate and it does the trick. If I had your choice, I would definitely go with the 30". Bigger is always better where cookers are concerned. Good luck, Joe
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Thanks fellas. I will start doing the calculations and put a design together. With regards to the firebox I'm tempted to run with another length of 30" tank which would see the bottom of the firebox about 15" below the CC. Is this getting too low?

post #6 of 6
Round to round, when making the CC and FB can be a PITA as far as fit up goes... also, you lose room for the meat racks...
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