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first ever smoer build HELP please

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First off sorry for the pictures it's dark when I get off work
It started off as a propane tank laying on my property
It has a 22" diameter
Stack is 33" tall and 4.5" round
Tank is 73" long end to end (approximately)
The two cooking spaces are 26x22 inches as well
Also I used 1 1/2 flat iron around the doors with a 3/4 inch lip

Note: this is also my first ever welding experience with a cheap harbour freight Flux welder

I feel the expanded metal won't stay (bbq'd on it because we'll I couldn't wait to do something with it) it warped and doesn't seem like it would last I even had to add some square tubing for support and might replace it with 1/4 round stock but could use some input on this

For hinges I snagged some 3/16 steel hinges from my old work and arched them over the expanded metal and seems to work well

This was my temporary contraption so I could bbq on it and will be cut off just above this and to the tank seem to fit the fire box, this I am needing help on for the dimensions as It has just been a guessING game to this point.

I'm haVing a particular problem with this corner not sitting in like the rest and assuming I could heat the door up and put two wedges and hammer the corner in but any advise on this would be greatly appreciated,
I'm thinking of using 2 clamps on the bottom corners of the two doors to help seal it, what are you guys using for a gasket?

So my main questions are
•how can I fix the door
• how big of a firebox
• is my stack close to the right dimensions or does it need to be taller/shorter?
• Opinions on door clamps
• gasket
And a side note I am debating on a Regular draw threw or a reverse flow firebox any input?

Thank you and I hope this turns out half decent being my first post, I'm sure I forgot some and can update or post better pictures upon request
post #2 of 5

Dave is the guy you need helping you. Hopefully he will chime in soon.@DaveOmak


There are several threads here that have the calculator you need for determining firebox size.

post #3 of 5

Most Ace hardware stores sell fireplace gasket rope for a dollar a ft.

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Thanks, and I'll take a look at ace today on the way home from work,how should it be attached?
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They sell a glue for it, but I embed very small rivets in the rope itself.
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