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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Officially I think I can start posting in the regular cooking pages, but one last one in the build thread. Wanted to do a full chicken this weekend. Buddy at work has been smoking for a long time and wanted to check this thing out. He brought some ribs, and a bacon wrapped, ground beef, cheese...
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    60 gallon old air compressor tank

    A little info to put here for you guys trying to determine air tank thicknesses... SH or SHTH = Shell thickness (main body) HD or HDTH = Head thickness (rounded caps) So this tank based off that plaque is .114" thick for the main body, and .094" thick on the rounded end caps.
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Thanks for the input, and the compliments! V-shaped basket sounds like a good idea as well. I did find myself scraping coals together rather frequently, so that sounds like a good improvement!
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    First one's in the books guys! Took me a while to get a hang of fire management, and I'm king of getting the hang of what size splits to use. The air intake slider works awesome once I got coal bed, log size all figured out. Towards the end of the day (about 8hrs of fire time), I got it figured...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    I do not have a stop in there at all, no. I get exactly what you're saying, and that is a.... grate... idea! haha. I will definitely do that in the future. I don't forsee myself accidentally pulling it out too far, but I do like to drink while I'm smoking, so a safety feature is a good idea!
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Big progress on the smoker last night! Got home from work, and the expanded metal I ordered finally showed up. So I knocked out the cooking grate. I added some angle above the grate, so It can slide out like a drawer, and not fall out. I also added probe ports for my Fireboard 2...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Appreciate it! I taught myself to weld when I was a teenager... jump in and just learn it kind of thing. I'm the kind of guy that spends more time in the garage than the house, so its a valuable skill to have for sure!
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Bit of a progress update.... It's nearing the finish line! First up was to finish weld everything I've done so far.... lots and lots of welding! It's been good practice though, I haven't done this much welding in a while, so welds are really starting to look nice! Next I decided to tackle...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Thanks!! Things are coming along, hoping to do a quick test cook, at least see how temperature control works this weekend
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Up next was stack and firebox.... again more scraps from work. Might hafta rename this the scrapyard smoker lol. Stack was a big chuck of schedule pipe that was sitting on our steel rack at the shop for years. Easy choice. For the firebox, I had some drops of 1/8" sheet, that when folded into...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Well this project slid to the back burner while other house and car projects took priority, but we're back at it! Spring is getting close, and I'd like to have this ready for summer.... Like I wanted to do for last summer haha. I got sick of moving the tank around all the time, so the cart was...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Gotcha, I get down that area once in a while. My sister/brother in law live a bit west of Watertown
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Just outside of Appleton now. Grew up in a real small town about 1/2hr south of Green Bay.
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    I'm lucky enough to have a home key for SolidWorks, so I got my firebox situation all figured out while watching the Packer game today. Now its up to when our laser at the shop has time to sneak a personal job in.... But this coming weekend is opening weekend for deer hunting here in Wisconsin...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Thanks! And yes, I am a partial partner in a machine shop. I'm the "program, setup, CNC repair, figure out how to do stuff when other guys cant" guy at our shop. haha. I've got no formal training in real fabrication work of this sort, but I've been building stuff for fun, handling farm repairs...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    I got my door all framed out and finished up. I used 1/8" x 1-1/2" CRS for this. I notched the door all the way around every 3" or so, and welded from the back side. For the curved pieces, I just bent the strips over my leg, until I had a nice fit. I cut the corners at 45DEG, and chamfered the...
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    They actually aren't bad at all. That cam is very worn..... However, after a test fit, it just adds way too much weight to the door, so I think the cam handle is out unfortunately
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    New guy

    Hey guys, new member here (actually I just joined a few days ago). Been grilling/somewhat smoking on a Weber kettle for years. Bought a masterbuilt gravity when they came out, and now I'm hooked. Was led to this forum when researching building an offset smoker, currently building a reverse...
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    1st Smoker Build - Octagon Reverse Flow Smoker

    I like this build, right up my alley. CAD work, make it a challenge for yourself, and need more tools to make it happen. I work the same way!
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    Old Tank, New Smoker

    Update on where I'm at, got the cc/fb opening laid out and cut. Might be a sneak peek of my handle in these pictures as well, looks like this might get an automotive theme.... Ive seen a few people ask how to lay this out, so I took pictures of the process how a machinist overly complicates a...
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