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Small trailer mounted reverse flow build

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
So back before the board went down I had started to talk and question about building a reverse flow out of a older bbq on a trailer.

That idea has now gone out the window and I have the actual project started. My friend was nice enough to donate his old shop air compressor and a trailer to the cause.

Finally had the chance a couple of days ago to get the tank into my garage, lay out the door and firebox cuts and start in.

Here are the starting pics. Dimensions on the tank are 24" diameter and a length not counting the ends of 48". I think this will make a really nice first time build.

post #2 of 19
Looks like the funs about to begin. Good luck and keep us up to date on the build as it progresses. I enjoy seeing all the home builts on here.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #3 of 19
Looking good! I really need another project.
post #4 of 19
looks about the same as mine started (60 gal airtank).
About five posts down on this page, my pix are in this thread

i know, i'm too lazy to post them again.

have fun with it pal, enjoy your build!
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Well it's been a long time. I took a few months off for some other projects and finally got back to the smoker build about two weeks ago. Stupid me didn't take pictures along the way but I will post a couple later today.

Somker is basically done. I need to adjust some points on the main door as I get a few smoke leaks and I need to add some handles and a latch for the firebox door.

I also need to mount it to the trailer.

We took it camping this last weekend for it's first trip and I would say it did a pretty good job. I don't know temps of the initial burn but it easily held about a 230 temp the entire day for smoking. Rather light on fuel consumption as well so I am happy.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Finally grabbed the camera and took a couple of pictures. Yes it's ugly right now. Yes it needs paint. And there are a few things to still do to finish it.

But it did one hell of a job with the meat this last weekend.

post #7 of 19
Looks awesome. Can't wait to see it in action.
post #8 of 19
Great Job!.... Nice welds also. Looks to be about the perfect size too. Is it going to be a tow behind style when done, or just a ""backyard model"?
post #9 of 19
Man that thing look great fine job there timbre I'm sure we will be see that thing alot in the future. Nice job PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 

It's actually going to be both. I have a small all steel utility trailer that will be used to two the rig. I plan on having mounts built into the trailer that will hold it, my pot cooker, and my big griddle. Then if I want to put it in the backyard I can remove it from the trailer. That is the next step to get the trailer done.

Wish I had pics from the first smoke but the guy who was running it was so drunk he didn't even get any of the food :). I couldn't make the campout so I missed out.

I heard it was about 15 racks of ribs , 2 rump roasts, and a chunk of elk all on there.
post #11 of 19
Real nice.I hate drunks...
post #12 of 19
Nice Job. Keep us Updated. points.gif
post #13 of 19


I'm soooooooooo jealous! I love to see the home builts on here. One day... One day... I will join you guys in this experience! Very nice. I look forward to more pics.
post #14 of 19
timbre, looks mighty fine to me!! the best part is yet to come,all the new friends you'll make and the good times you'll have along the way! good job!
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
thanks, I took most of my ideas from your build. Just wish the end product looked as good as yours.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Got the smoker mounted in the trailer last night. Made a removable mounting system so if we want to put it in the yard we can pull it from the trailer. Hopefully this weekend I will get a shelf built for the front so I have somewhere to set things.

Please ignore the mess in the garage. Got a bunch of projects dropped on me all at once and havn't had time to organize.

Looks like I will be cooking Labor Day for about 50 - 60 guests so will be a perfect time to try the bad boy out. Now I just need a name for it. :)
post #17 of 19
Looks real nice.
post #18 of 19
I don't know it looks kinda small...haha

Naw it looks awesome! Good job on the build!!

post #19 of 19
wow - your smoker looks great. really professional looking. Just curious Timbre - do you have a lot of professional welding experience? I have always wanted to tackle something like that, but I am not sure if I can figure out the welding part without it taking forever.
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