# help finding center of tank

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by smoking rookie, Aug 31, 2013.

1. ### smoking rookieNewbie

What is the best way to fond center of tank? I'm fixing to start on myuy first build? Thanks for any help

2. ### smoking rookieNewbie

My Wife just brought to my attention that i cant type. fond=Find and myuy=my. sorry for any confusion.

4. ### daveomakSmoking GuruOTBS MemberSMF Premier Member

Rookie, morning..... Have you looked at smokers that our members have built to find a design you like.....   find one and we will go from there.... When building a RF smoker, there is a starting point.....   that is the height and width of the RF plate and the CC to FB  opening.....  The size of the CC determines those parameters....   Sooooo......   what is the size of your tank...  length between the welds if it a propane tank, the diameter, the gallons capacity if on a label...   In my signature line are some links that may be helpful to you.....

Dave

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6. ### smoking rookieNewbie

Hi Dave yea been looking on here a lot. Put the tank size in the BBQ calculator. And ready to start.

7. ### smoking rookieNewbie

Dave best I can tell off the plate it's a 58 gallon.

8. ### smoking rookieNewbie

Will have to check length. I can't remember want to say its 33-34 inches

9. ### daveomakSmoking GuruOTBS MemberSMF Premier Member

When measuring propane tanks, usually there are 2 volumes.....  Water volume and propane volume to consider....  when tanks are filled with propane, they are usually filled to 80% capacity or something like that....  It's the water (real volume) that is used to figure the smoker calculations....  So taking real measurements is important to know what the size of the tank is......   Dave

10. ### jason staffordNewbie

Distance between welds is 33 inches. with 20 inch diameter.

11. ### jason staffordNewbie

Distance between welds is 33 inches. with 20 inch diameter.

12. ### jason staffordNewbie

sorry for the multiple post not sure what happened. How do i find teh size of my rf plate

13. ### daveomakSmoking GuruOTBS MemberSMF Premier Member

Jason, morning......    Who are you ??????   I'm trying to help Smoking Rookie with his build.....  If you are looking to build a smoker, please start a new thread in the forum that best describes your ideas for a smoker......  probably "Reverse Flow Builds"......

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/201/reverse-flow

Dave

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15. ### daveomakSmoking GuruOTBS MemberSMF Premier Member

Well Jason, morning..... You confused the [email protected] out of me......  Of course, as you can see, that don't take much......     Looks like a 60 gallon tank....  I will run some numbers when I get a chance......

Dave

16. ### daveomakSmoking GuruOTBS MemberSMF Premier Member

Jason, here are my thoughts on how to cut the pieces to put her together......  I'm here if you have any questions.....       Dave

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17. ### smoking rookieNewbie

Thanks Dave. How far in the cc do i need to put the stack.

Last edited: Sep 3, 2013
18. ### daveomakSmoking GuruOTBS MemberSMF Premier Member

Bottom of the stack about 2"-3" above the food grate and that puts the top of the cut about 8"-10" above the food grate, with either of the 2 designs...

Thanks.

20. ### gary sSmoking GuruOTBS Member

Useful tool ........................  This way you can figure your tank yourself without guessing

To find out how many gallons multiply your cubic feet x 7.48.     1 cu. ft = 7.48 gal

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