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My trailer smoker build

post #1 of 37
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I have been lurking in this fourm for a few months finding ideas for my build so i thought it was only fair that I post mine. Being in western Canada I have never seen a smoker like this in person so the builds posted here were a great help. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Old compressor tank I got off of Craigslist.

After 6 hours of grinding with a wire brush. (too cheap to get it blasted)

Quick coat of paint so it wouldn't rust back over and start cutting the door out. We didn't have access to a plasma cutter so we used 4.5 inch zip disks. Took about 4 to cut the door and the opening for the firebox.

We used a white felt pen taped to a scrap of wood to scribe the fire box opening level with the ground.

All cut just need to clean up the inside. I used the same wire brush deal on the inside.

Found this 4ft by 7ft chunk of 3/8 plate at a scrap dealer. It was buried under tons of crap so the guy working there was a little pissed that i wanted to buy it. Oh well :)

Took about 12 zip cuts and 2 nights to get it all cut into squares for the firebox.

Plate all cut, door and an axle i got off Craigslist and cleaned up.

At this point I moved everything over to my father in law's shop where my brother in law helped with the welding. The firebox ended up being 2ft by 2ft square and about 350 lbs.

Next we welded the tank to the firebox and cut the opening in the firebox with a torch from inside the tank.

Laying out the frame. We built it out of 1/8 wall 2x4 steel.

More progress on the frame. The end was left open so the firebox could be tucked in a bit.

Situating the smoker into the trailer frame. It was nice to have the overhead winch, not sure how we could have move this thing without it.

Smoker welded to the frame.

1.5 inch pipe and angle make up the drainage system.

View from inside the firebox.

1/4 inch plate all tacked into place. everthing is angled at about 5 degrees towards the drain.

Door was wrapped in 1.5 inch flat bar and mounted. Cooking grates are 3/4 inch expanded welded into a angle frame. Slides are 2 lengths of angle welded into a "F" shape with a 1/2 inch gap.

End of the firebox finished.

Firebox door bracing.

Firebox has a full pullout ashpan made of 1/8 plate. Handles are made from the springs off some cheap chipping hammers and 1/2 inch bar.

So hopefully will finish all the remaining stuff this week. I will post some more pics when it is done.

post #2 of 37
WOW very nice build I'll be looking forward to more pics as you get it finished up it looks awesome so far tho PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif Thanks for posting the pics
post #3 of 37
Wow that is a sweet smoker. I can't wait to see pictures of this baby fired up. I wish I had access and the talent to do all of that metal work. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 37
That looks awsome
post #5 of 37
WOW! that looks great! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 37
Man its looking awesome. How big is the tank? I may have a few questions for you when i get started on mine.

Was planning on starting today, but i really didnt feel like it haha
post #7 of 37
Thread Starter 
Hi Daniel the tank is ~120 gallons.
post #8 of 37
Looks like it is going to be a great smoker...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #9 of 37
I reallly enjoyed those ics, very well done
post #10 of 37
Very nice build.
post #11 of 37
Everything looks perfect, I cant think of a thing to add, it has been a pleasure to see it this far, don't stop now.
post #12 of 37
So the firebox was only about 350 lbs? Whew!

Nice build. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #13 of 37
Awesome build so far, very well done
post #14 of 37
Thread Starter 
I was able to get it finished over the long weekend.

Ready for paint.

After about a dozen cans of paint. I used regular BBQ paint for the smoker and high heat caliper paint for the trailer. All of the wiring is run thru fabric heat sheild.

post #15 of 37
that looks really nice man, great build. Very nice and clean!
post #16 of 37
great lookin smoker........nice job!
post #17 of 37
Amazing job.. Great looking smoker!! Look forward to some qview out of that bad boy. PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #18 of 37
Awesome looking smoker, you deserve to be proud of it.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #19 of 37
WOW, great job... Looking forward to seeing it in action...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #20 of 37
That is a very good job.. Hope the one I am working on turns out that nice.
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