As my title for this thread states, I have enjoyed the art of smoking for several years. Living in Texas most of my life has given me a love for brisket. Moving to Mooresville NC 4 years ago sent me into a BBQ culture shock. I have grown to like pork but will continue to force brisket onto my neighbors at every possible opportunity. I have outgrown my Brinkmann Smoke-N-Pit and have decided to build my next smoker. BTW...I have some woodworking skills but have never made anything out of metal and have never welded. I have followed several builds on this forum and with everyone's help I am ready.
I found a guy selling an old propane tank that was manufactured in 1950. Still in great shape and the walls are 5/16" thick. I cut the doors out about 2 months ago with a circular saw and a $3 metal cutting blade. Found an old boat trailer on Craig's List. Perfect size for this project.
Burned out the tank because it was starting to stink up the garage.
The kid across the street gave me a 10 minute lesson on how to weld. Too impatient to practice so started right in on the firebox. Glad I bought a grinder. The welder I bought is a small import model from Harbor Freight. It has worked really well for me. These cuts were made with the grinder and a cutting wheel. Much easier than the circular saw.
Trimmed out the door with 1/4" flat bar and made a handle with a simple closer. My welds are getting better. These don't need to be ground down.There have been several posts lately discussing the price of a 4x8 sheet of 1/4 steel. The guy I have bought all of mine from sold me the sheet for $175. That was about $75 less than anybody else around. I have yet to find anyone around here selling scrap.
Mounted the firebox. You can see that I actually cut 2 doors out of the 1 large opening. The left one overlaps the right one.
Borrowed an engine hoist so I could make brackets to mount the tank to the trailer. This thing is heavy!
Got it mounted back on the trailer. It took me about 8 weeks to get to this point. Now I need to be done in 3 weeks so I can cook for a party. Almost all of my spare time will go into finishing this up over the next few weeks. Thanks again to all that have posted before me. I learned a lot and appreciate your info.