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275 gal Oil tank build

kobornigan

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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!
 

fourashleys

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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.
 

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

kobornigan

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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.

Yep, same tank..
 

kobornigan

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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!
 
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kobornigan

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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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jlmacc

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Looking really good!Can't wait to see the end result,keep it up!
 

kobornigan

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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...
 
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kobornigan

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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?
 

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nice build.....................
 

Bearcarver

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Looking real good!

Keep it going!

Bear
 

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Looks great so far, can't wait to see the finish on this one!
 

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Nice straight forward fabrication and design GOOD JOB! Looking forward to the rest of the progress, Keep up the good work and posts!

JJ
 

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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
 

kobornigan

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

 
 

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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

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
 

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