I'm getting access to a 270 gallon fuel oil tank that has already been converted into an LP smoker.
It has a center stack, and one cooking grate.
I want to make it into something I can use with charcoal and wood, but I'm running into some issues.
First, I have charcoal rack, steel, built up about 4 inches from bottom to top. This can be used in the cooked, but the cooker doesn't have VENTS for it.
So, I need to cut vents, and place the coal rack low enough that I'm not going to be searing the stuff that I am trying to smoke. The heat is going to be in the barrel, and right under the meat. There isn't any way to make it offset.
Second, I need a ash pan, or something of the sort to make it easier to clean out when I am done cooking. Thoughts on that?
Third, I'm assuming I need a heat baffle of some sort, to put between the coals and the meat, so the drippings don't cause flare ups.
Besides that, everything should be pretty easy. I don't think the modifications will be tough to do, it's just getting them done.
Also, I only have one Maverick Therm, so I can only test two different grate temp spots at once...which might be tough.
I just need more capacity than my WSM gives me at this point...