Hello all I am going to tackle building a reverse flow smoker on a trailer. Now I am scavenging pieces and parts to build this on a budget. I don't necessarily have deep pockets, well getting my yard fenced and pool up this summer is the pockets priority to keep the family happy. Moving on, I am not the greatest welder in the world nor do I have fantastic equipment or a nice fancy shop to do this project in, but I will succeed in getting this built. I do have a buddy with great skills and equipment to help me in that department. I am following feldons calculator closely on my measurements to ensure I end up with a smoker that performs consistent and well, unlike my Ok Joe smoker which is quite temperamental. I have not obtained the material yet to build my firebox but I am working that issue. For the time being I have acquired an old tank and have began the work I can.
Here is the tank, it is 29" x 52". has a lot of extra steel attached to it so that's where I started.
Just when things were rolling I dropped a piece of angle iron onto my grinder cord and boom straight through like butter. Easy fix on the cord and new grinder bought just because it was my birthday and a gift to myself is always a good idea.
Worked to get the extra stuff cut off the tank and the tank down to a more manageable size for me to move around. It is still very heavy and after taking some of the plugs out it seams to be very thick steel which is a good sign for a smoker in my eyes.
Here I did a little measurement and layout of where I would like some items for the smoker. I also laid out the door opening. The FB opening is the size I got from the calculator. Time to put the new grinder to the test and cut out some stuff.
Well I got the FB opening cut out and the tank is thick. It is 1/4" steel, explains why moving this thing is a chore. Now yes the inside of the tank is rusty for sure. I am not at all worried about this once I get it opened up I will go to town on brushing it all gone of fork over a little cash to get it sandblasted back down to clean steel.
In the mean time I scored a free old boat trailer!!!! Feel free to comment on anything I post and please correct me if I am wrong in anything I say. This thread will continue until the build is complete and then I promise to throw in some Qview at the end for anyone that sticks along with me through this build.