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275 gal Oil tank build

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by kobornigan, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. OK guys...I'm ready to do it. I have acquired a 275gal oil tank & a small (4'x4' I think) utility trailer (both free!!) for my build. I want to make it a SFB, reverse flow. So my thoughts are, stand the tank as it would normally be, on it's feet, and bolt/weld it to the trailer. Then attach the SFB at the back end. I have the calculator, but I may need help understanding what size I actually need exactly. As for the reverse flow portion of it, I'm a little clueless. Do I need to have a certain amount of space under the cooker and how big does the opening into the chamber have to be?

    Thanks guys & I'll post pics real soon!
     
  2. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Curious to see pics of the tank. I have a build in progress. sounds like you might have the same style tank. Check out  new project as a humble beginning if ya want. If it is the same style maybe you can get some ideas.
     
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Yea we want to see this whole buiding thing OK.......
     

  4. Yep, same tank..
     
  5. FINALLY got it started yesterday! Decided to go with a direct flow rather than SFB RF, though. Got the doors cut & started burning it out. I'll be working on it again later this week so I'll grab some pics then. More burning(really didn't make a huge effort as it was late in the day) & a trip to the metal supply shop. Already have a lead on some freebie piano hinges for the doors & got a bunch of SS handles & latches from work. Possibly some polished SS paneling too! Pics to follow, I promise!
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2011
  6. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Looking forward to the pics!!  [​IMG]
     
  7. OK, HUGE update!! Finally got it home yesterday after a ton of work. It took me long enough, but I learned to weld (not the best at it, but hey!) and got to make it the way I wanted to. I have thank my friend Shaun profusely for the time, energy & patience he lent me in building this contraption. I took parts from anything & everything I could find to piece this beat together. So, after countless hours (not done yet either, still need to grind/sand/paint & add gauges) and about $600 worth of materials, her she is.......FRANKEN-COOKER!

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    Last edited: Apr 2, 2011
  8. fourashleys

    fourashleys Smoking Fanatic

    Looking good!!
     
  9. jlmacc

    jlmacc Meat Mopper

    Looking really good!Can't wait to see the end result,keep it up!
     
  10. Temped it up this weekend for the first time. I was a little nervous, seeing how much time & money I've put into it, buuuuuuut....it turned out great. She held temp great. The plates do a wonderful job of holding the temp when refueling is needed. There was about a 6 degree difference between the top two racks but a 50 degree difference from the bottom. That was to be expected considering they're only about 6" above the heat plates. All in all, I was very pleased... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011
  11. Now for some paint & detailing! Anyone know where to get a decent thermometer for the doors? I've looked around & found a ton.....from eBay to amazon & prices are very different. Any thoughts?
     
  12. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    nice build.....................
     
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looking real good!

    Keep it going!

    Bear
     
  14. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great so far, can't wait to see the finish on this one!
     
  15. Nice straight forward fabrication and design GOOD JOB! Looking forward to the rest of the progress, Keep up the good work and posts!

    JJ
     
  16. Sweet. Can't wait to see the finish.
     
  17. There she is boys, all painted & purdy........[​IMG]
     
  18. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Very nice job!!!

    Now where's the Beef?

    And the pork.

    Question: Did you use the tank upside down, so you could use the large threaded holes in the top for drains?

    Bear
     
  19. You got it Bear! Actially drains & air intake(s). Also, the threaded holes that are normally used for feet can also be used for a canopy [​IMG]
     
     
  20. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    That's a Great idea!

    The 275 gallon tank my son used had the holes spaced evenly, so he left it right side up, and put a chimney in each of the three places.

    Either way works great!

    Nice job,

    Bear