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Is it big enough?


Joined Jul 10, 2020
Backstory: I have a Pitboss pellet that I really like, but want to try my hand at a Stickburner with a free tank I have.

So, I have a 30 gal air tank that I thought about making into a smoker, I'm just not sure if it will be a waste of time. I really only cook for the wife and me, but would like to fit 3 maybe four racks of ribs etc. on this.

Thinking going reverse flow. Do you all think it is large enough to mess with building a smoker out of?

Dimensions are:
Inside Diameter - 15.5"
30" between end welds
38" overall



Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
Joined Feb 25, 2018
Years ago I took 2 -30 gal rectangle tanks and stacked them together, cut a door in the bottom on 1 end and a 4" hole into both at the other end, put a 4" smoke stack back on top above the fire door, didn't know anything about reverse flow back in those days as I wasn't on the net, it made some great Q. if you could find a similar size tank it would work well imo . the tanks was probably 36" long and worked great, used it for a lot of years and rust finally caught up with it .


Meat Mopper
Joined Apr 30, 2016
Unless you are a proficient welder, I suggest passing on the thin wall 30 gallon tank. Just not worth the effort for such small capacity.


Joined Jul 10, 2020
I'm a good enough welder, but you all pretty much confirmed what I was thinking about the size.

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