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Thread Starter 
Ok I was going to use a 275 gallon fuel oil tank as a trailer mounted smoker. I have decided to go a different direction (anyboy in Ohio want a 275 gallon fuel oil tank? CHEAP!) Anyway, I have a line on 2 60 gallon air compressor tanks and a 30 gallon tank. I was thinking about mounting the 60's side by side and making them both reverse flow, and then using the 30 as the firebox for both.

I am pretty sure that I had seen somebody doing something similar. It may have been here.

I would like to hear your thoughts on this idea. And again this is all still in the planning stages. And hopefully I can find the charger for my camera so I can post some pictures.
post #2 of 9
here is the thread but it looks like his pictures got taken out

post #3 of 9
here's mine made from a 60 and 30 airtank.
I can't think of any reason why your idea wouldn't work.
keep us posted!
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
I will and thanks for the picture. I will see what I can put together. I do like the idea I've even been thinking about a way to isolate of the the cook chambers, but I'm not sure about that yet.

Then again I might just do one tank and one firebox, still not sure yet.
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here's the pix you requested in your PM. I don't have the best camera, but hopefully they will answer your questions, if not-let me know- i'll get some more of whatever you need.
Here's the box- I can fit about ten or twelve 6-7 lb butts on at a time (but it's full!). By taking out the small grate on the left, the large grate will slide to the left and line up with the door opening, then it comes out. The frames of the grates were made from 1/2 in angle (Lowe's) and non-galvanized expanded steel. By dropping the door a few inches, i might have had room to put two levels of grates in, but this was my first build and i didn know exactly what i was doing-- so i thought i better play it safe and go with one level. It actually turned out pretty well like i planned and it cooks great. Who knows, maybe next summer i might try and build one a lil bigger, but for now, this one does all i need. I gotta tell ya though, building it was a blast. My buddy and i spent many an afternoon (and quite a few beers) getting it done, but it was a lot of fun. I wouldn't be nearly as hesitant to start another one as i was this one. One other thing that has really helped was the 6 foot-long dryer extension pipe (not shown in these pix) i put on the stack. Got it at lowes for just a few bucks but it really does help get the smoke up and away. I dont smell like a hickory stick when i come in the house now, and it really helps keep the smoke out of your eyes when sitting around with a cold one minding the flamePDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

This is where the fire tube comes in. I left the heat plate off so you can see the hole. it's 6 x 6, 1/4 inch steel tubing.

Here it is with the heat plate on. I didnt weld mine in place, so i could remove it and clean it out occasionally. I made sure the angle iron was in the right place so when the plate sits on it, it's flush all around. Then i made a stiff cardboard template of the end of the tank curvature, marked the plate using the template, then took my angle grinder and rounded the end of the plate so it would fit good to the end of the tank

The open end of the heat plate

When it gets warmed up good, around 200-250, according to the temps on the guages, the end to end temps are dead-on. These are cheap guages i got at Wally world they may be off a degree or two, but I cook to internal temps anyways-so they are close enough.

i hope these pix help!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you need pix of anything else, just let me know,

Have fun,
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
These help a lot. Thanks again.
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I did not realize what happens when you move picture and you have them linked to a website. Here is the dual smoker we built, I have many pics, just tell me what you want to see.

post #8 of 9
Darn, that's one nice rig.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright. I have decided to go with just 1 cook chamber instead of 2. That way I can be cooking on it faster. I had a guy sell a 60 gallon tank out from under me on Craigslist. But I think he felt bad about it when I called and he offered to sell me a brand new 30 gallon tank for $25.00. Of course I jumped on it. And I am picking up my other 60 gallon tank tomorrow evening. I spoke to the guy and he has it and has promised not to sell it.

Now onto a funny note. I had the 275 gallon fuel oil tank on Craigslist for about 10 days or so, and heard nothing. So I took it to the scrap yard on Saturday. I even managed to cut my hand getting it off the trailer. I got a whopping $2.70 for it!! So of course yesterday morning, I get an email from somebody who wanted to buy it for the $75.00 I had it listed for!!!

If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all!!!

As soon as I get started working on the tanks, I will be taking pictures and posting them.
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